Jan 31, 2008

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji, as the name suggests is a combination of Pav - bread and bhaji – a potato based mixed vegetable curry. The key ingredient for the mouthwatering flavour of this dish is a blend of about 13-14 spices-the Pav bhaji masala.Bhaji is made on a big flat tava (griddle) and a masher is used instead of a ladle to stir it. If you don’t have this tava at home a wide mouth pan works just fine...
I always remember the long queue in mycollege canteen waiting to get the Pav Bhajis..We had a North Indian guy preparing the chats..We used to wait till the evening to relish it as they were available only in the evenings..
Earlier when I used to enjoy this in India, I never knew how they made this,rather I should say I never had thought how it was prepared..Later I happened to learn that the recipe was quiet simple..I happened to get the Pav Bhaji masala from an Indian store and I prepared it last week..It turned out delicious...Here goes the recipe..



Potato             -2 large ones
Carrot             -2
Green Peas    -1/2 cup
Green pepper-1
Onion              -1 medium sized
Pav Bhaji masala
Pav or HamBurger buns
Ginger-garlic paste
Salt to taste


Boil the potatoes and allow them to cool.Peel them and mash them..
Heat oil in a pan and saute the diced onions..Once they become soft, add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute..Add the raw veggies-the green peppers,carrot and green peas..You can also substitute with any other veggies like cabbage,radish etc depending on your taste and availability..Add half cup of water and allow the vegetables to cook.After five minutes add the Pav Bhaji masala...Finally add the mashed potatoes and salt to taste..Mix thoroughly and garnish with cilantro..
Serve with the Pav buns..You need to slightly toast the buns in a tava along with butter until they turn golden brown..Serve the Pav Bhaji along with sliced onions,cilantro and a piece of lemon..It is great as an evening snack.


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