Pav Bhaji by Asmita

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  • Snacks
  • Servings
  • 4Spicy
  • 1 HrsCook Time
  • Cuisine : Maharashtrian
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Pav Bhaji is a popular form of Indian fast food sold on street corners and restaurants alike. Delicious, cheap and easy-to-put together pav-bhaji is served with buttered bread hot off the stove.


Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 3/4 cup frozen or fresh green peas
  • 2 medium sized carrots,peeled and chopped.
  • 1/4 cup chopped cauliflower (optional, I usually skip this)
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup clean and finely chopped cilantro, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 6 big flakes of garlic finely chopped (1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic)
  • 1 inch peeled and chopped ginger ( 1 tablespoon of ginger)
  • 5  grated tomatoes (about 2 cups)
  • Juice of half a lime or lemon plus a few wedges for serving with the bhaji
  • 3 -4 teaspoons “Everest” pav bhaji masala (this is non spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder (optional, I skip it )
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 green capsicum finely chopped (optional, I skip this one too)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Step By Step Method

  • Step 1. Chop the vegetables and keep aside.

    Step 2. Chop onions, garlic, ginger and cilantro finely. Puree the tomatoes and keep aside.

    Step 3. Pressure cook the potatoes, carrots and peas in 3 cups of water. If using cauliflower you will pressure cook it with the rest of the vegetables. Add salt to the water. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, add vegetables to a large pot with water, cover and cook.

    Step 4. After it’s cooked, mash the vegetables with a potato masher in the cooker itself and keep aside.

    Step 5. Heat oil in a vessel and add the onions. Fry the onions to a light pink colour, this will take about 5 minutes on high heat and then reduce heat to medium.

    Step 6. Add the ginger and garlic. Fry this for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and let it cook. Turn the gas to high heat  to cook the tomatoes faster. It  will take 1o minutes to cook. Reduce the flame to medium heat.

    Step 7. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, (chilly powder -optional), garam masala powder and pav bhaji masala, sugar and salt to taste. Fry this for a minute or two and add the mashed vegetables and mix well.

    Step 8. Put a lid on top and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes (be careful as this will splatter a bit). Add chopped capsicum if using. Add butter, cilantro and mix well. Check for salt, turn off the heat and add lime juice.

    Step 9. Serve extra lime juice on the side and lime wedges for decoration.

About Chef

asmita

As a leading model, Asmita Kakodker featured in over 250 television and print commercials for prominent brands like Ponds, Maruti, Nivea, Pepsodent and Nirma to name a few. Now, as a homemaker, wife and most importantly, a mother, she uses all her spare time to focus on her new passion – the culinary arts!

“I’ve always wanted to catalog the dozens of recipes that play such a key role in defining who we are – as a family. My blog helps me achieve my goal in a fun and interactive way with other compulsive foodies just like me!” says the always-ebullient Asmita.