(serves 3) Preparation time: about 35 minutes
Pav bhaji is actually one of the favourite street foods in India, specially in the city of Mumbai. It is usually considered as a snack but can be treated as a complete meal too since it is quite satisfying with heaps of vegetables added to it. It’s even included in the list of junk foods because it has loads of butter! But if you want a healthier version of the cuisine skip adding butter to the gravy when serving and have plain bread or better brown bread instead of buttered bread.
3 big potatoes
25 gms. cauliflower (separate the florets)
1 tbsp. sliced french beans
50 gms. green peas
1/3 cup very finely chopped capsicum
about 3 tbsp. butter
½ tbsp. oil
salt to taste
3/4 tbsp. Kashmiri red chilli paste,
1 ½ tsp. red chilli pdr.,
½ tsp. + 1 pinch turmeric pdr.,
1 ½ or 2 tbsp. pav bhaji masala (adjust as per your taste. If you prefer spicier add more)
a pinch of chat masala
1 medium sized onion (finely chopped), 3 big tomatoes (finely chopped or pureed)
1 tsp. ginger paste, 1 ½ tsp. garlic paste, 1 green chilli paste, 6-7 curry leaves
1 finely chopped onion (small), 2 tbsps. chopped coriander, 1 lime, a big dollop of butter
about 6 Pavs (Indian bread) (If you don’t have pav use bread)
pav bhaji masher or ladle
1. Boil all the vegetables (potatoes, cauliflower, beans, peas but not the capsicum) in about 2 cups of water with a pinch of turmeric and some salt, till tender. Mash with a pav bhaji masher or the back of a ladle. Keep aside.
2. Heat oil and 2 tbsps. butter in a pan, add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste and sauté for a minute.
3. Now add the onions and sauté till they become transparent.
4. Add the capsicum and sauté for a minute.
5. Put the Kashmiri red chilli paste and sauté for ½ a minute.
6. Add the dry masalas (red chilli pdr., turmeric pdr. and pav bhaji masala) and stir to combine.
7. Add curry leaves and tomatoes and sauté to mix everything. Let cook on slow flame for about 10 minutes till the gravy becomes slightly thick and the oil leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from flame. Mash this well with a pav bhaji masher/ a ladle.
8. Now add the boiled vegetables to the above gravy and stir well. Again mash this with the pav bhaji masher/ a ladle in order to mix all the ingredients properly. Add some salt and the chat masala. Add about 1 cup of water to make the consistency appropriate. Add more water if required.
9. Let cook for about 15 to 20 more minutes to combine all the ingredients. Check seasoning.
10. Add some water if the gravy seems thick.
11. Serve hot garnished with chopped, fresh, coriander, chopped onions, a blob of butter and a dash of lime.
12. When serving, slice the pavs (bread) horizontally, apply butter on both sides and heat on a tawa or a non-stick pan for ½ a minute on each side. Serve the bread hot with the pav bhaji gravy.