Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pav Bhaji

First of all Thanks from bottom of my heart to the person who invented such a wonderful dish called Pav Bhaji. This is a most popular snack - a mixture of various vegetables are boiled, mashed and cooked with a spicy masala and served with butter fried pav. You can get good pav bhaji on 'hath gadi' or you can say thela…… My most favorite Pav bhaji places are…… Mama's Pav bhaji @ Nashik, Brindavan hotel's Pav bhaji @ Bandra, Samarth Pav bhaji @ Pune, Kailash's Pav Bhaji @ Aurangabad. Wow the taste of each Pav bhaji stall is still on my tongue. There are different types of Pav bhaji like Sadha Pav bhaji, Amul Pav bhaji, cheese Pav bhaji, Khada Pav bhaji (Vegetables are not mashed), Jain Pav bhaji (without onion and garlic). This bhaji has a typical masala which contains 14 different spices. I have the recipe of this masala but I prefer to make this with Everest Pav bhaji Masala. This Bhaji is served with Pav (sorry not a bun). It is usually called as ladi Pav (slabs of bread) in Mumbai. Whenever you have to order for more Pav, you can only say…. "Ek single dena / Ek Doube dena…" I still remember a boy in Mama's pavbhaji stall, I don't remember his name but we used to call him Shahrukh and he was also very happy with that name :)
Today is my lovely sis Sneha's Birthday and she is very fond of "Pav bhaji". So sis this special dish is only for U…….. &


Potatoes, boiled and mashed 5-6
cauliflower florets boiled and mashed - 1 cup
Finely chopped Capsicum - 1/2 cup
Finely chopped Tomatoes - 1 cup
Boiled Green peas -1 cup
Finely chopped Onion - 2 cups
Finely chopped Coriander -1/4 cup
Finely chopped garlic - 6-7 cloves
Grated ginger - 1/2 teaspoon
Pav bhaji Masala - 2 teaspoon
Red chili powder -1 teaspoon
Oil - 3 tablespoon
Butter - 50 gms.
Salt to taste.
Pav - 6-8


Heat oil in a big Kadai. Add garlic and ginger and saute it till garlic turns to golden brown. Then add half of the onion and saute it till it get brown. Add tomatoes and cook it for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Now add capsicum and let it get cooked for a minute. Then add boiled peas, mashed cauliflower and potatoes. Add some water and mix it properly. Cook it on low flame for another 5 minutes. Mash it with wooden masher or back of the spoon till all the vegetables are completely mashed.(For khada pav bhaji this step is not necessary) Now add red chili powder, Everest Pav bhaji masala, salt and mix it properly. Add some butter from the side. If you find the bhaji very dry you can add some water and cook it for another minute. Bhaji is ready.
Heat a tawa. On the other side give a little cut to pav and spread a spoonful butter to pav from both sides. Now fry pav from both side till it gets crispy. Serve these pav with bhaji. Put half teaspoon butter on bhaji. And with chopped onion with coriander and lemon wedges.

I would love to send this post for RCI : Mumbai Street Food and Lakshmi's RCI page.


aquadaze said...

who can resist pav bhaaji? Thank you for the lovely entry!!

Priti said...

Consider me also as ur sis and pass me the platter ;)...looks delicious...Convey wishes to your sis....

Preeti Singh said...

Looks totally yummyyyyyyyy and mouthwatering.Happy B'day to you sis from my side too.

Sunshinemom said...

Yay! My favourite dish too:)

meeso said...

Nice blog, this looks great, nice picture!

Ann said...

Priti,what a professiona Pav bhaji make..oopa fell in love..
you got a great place here.expect me often to cherish with you.

Sukanya said...

Pav bhaaji looks yummy

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