Pav Bhaji is one of India’s favorite street food items, Loved by one and all. It seems to be a tough and detailed recipe as it has a burst of flavors in it but, the good thing is it’s not a complex one to make. My husband loves it to the core, and he enjoys even more if it is made at home with our preferred spices.
It is also one of the best ways to make children eat vegetables, which they won’t otherwise. So here comes the recipe:
- 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup cut beans
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup diced potato
- 1 cup peeled and diced pumpkin/ bottle gourd
- Any other Vegetable of your choice
- 2 medium onions’ paste
- 2 medium tomatoes’ puree
- 8-10 fine chopped garlic cloves
- 1/2 inch fine chopped ginger
- One medium Green chilli paste
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp red chilli powder( I use Kashmiri Lal, gives a nice color also)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds powder
- 2 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
Take all the Vegetables in a pressure cooker and add just enough water to cover them, add some salt and a little turmeric powder and let it steam for 10-15 minutes. By the time vegetables are ready you can prepare the Tarka.
- For Tarka heat a wok and add oil and butter together and once it’s hot add garlic and let it become nice golden brown
- Once the garlic is fried add onion paste and let it carmalise. The color would become nice and brown and that’s the indication to add tomato puree, with the tomato puree add ginger. I follow this strictly as when I add ginger earlier to tomatoes it starts sticking to the bottom, the watery tomatoes prevent it from sticking, it’s a tip by my Mom 🙂
- Now add all the spices and cook till the mixture leaves oil on its sides.
- It’s the time to add pre cooked vegetables in the Tarka, mash them well and mix with the Tarka, put on the lid and let it cook for 5 minutes so that all the flavors get combined.
- Now add lime juice and coriander leaves and turn off the heat. The dish is ready to be served.
Serve it with some home-made,/ store-bought fresh Pav Breads that are toasted with butter and some fresh salsa of cucumber, onion and tomato. And yeah a nice dollop of butter is must on every serving 🙂 to make it even more yum 🙂