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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Pav Bhaji (Mixed Veggies with Toasted Bread - Mumbai Street Food)

           This is a favourite Mumbai street food found in every street corners and is also popular in the other parts of the state. It is a simple mixed vegetables served with butter toasted pavs / bread. Quite filling and wholesome, it satiates your hunger and is the perfect lunch time meal for all office goers in Mumbai. 

          It is healthy and nutritious at the same time with the goodness of mixed veggies. Moreover one can keep a check on the amount of butter if it is homemade. You can camouflage it with any veggies that your kids do not like and it will be gone in no time without any fuss. 

          There is absolutely no need to worry if Pav Bhaji masala is unavailable. You can add some garam masala instead. In fact, I sometimes use chicken masala too. It works just as fine. It is also accompanied with lime wedges, green chilies, chopped onion and coriander leaves. This delicious one-dish meal can be enjoyed as a light dinner too. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare this simple delicacy.

  • 1 cup each of capsicum, carrots, potato, peas, cabbage and cauliflower
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2-3 tbsp. butter or as required
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste (opt)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1-2 tbsp. pav bhaji masala / garam masala powder
  • few pavs (bread) as required
  • onion, green chilies & lime wedges

          Pressure cook the veggies in 1 cup water for 3-4 whistles. Heat oil in pan and saute the onion till light brown. 

          Add the ginger-garlic paste, tomato paste and all the dry spices mixed with some water to form a paste. Saute till the oil separates. 

          Now add the tomatoes and fry on a low flame till well mashed. Add the boiled veggies and continue to simmer on low flame, simultaneously mashing it with a masher. When almost done, add a tsp. of butter and give it a mix.

          Heat another tsp. of butter on a tawa / griddle and toast the pav halves on both sides. Serve the pav bhaji with a dollop of butter on top of it along with the toasted  pavs, chopped onion, green chilies and lime wedges.

                                   Heat oil & fry onions till light brown.

                           Add ginger-garlic paste, tomato paste & all dry spices mixed
                           with some water.

                              Fry till oil separates. Then add tomatoes & fry till it is mashed.


                                   Add boiled veggies & simmer, mashing it simultaneously.

                                          When done, add some butter & mix well.

                                       Toast the pav halves in butter on a tawa.

                    Enjoy with chopped onion, coriander leaves, green chilies & a dash of lime.

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