Pav Bhaji is a a very popular Indian fast food dish common in Mumbai. Pav means bread and bhaji means mashed vegetable dish. It is a spicy preparation with mixed vegetables in tomato gravy, topped with a dollop of butter. It is served with pav toasted with butter. It is easy to make Pav Bhaji at home. Today let us learn how to prepare Pav Bhaji at home following this very easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Pressure cook potatoes, peel the skin, mash it slightly and keep it aside.
Chop all the vegetables into small pieces.
Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli to a paste.
Steam cook beans, carrot and peas with a little salt or you can pressure cook keeping it in a vessel (do not add water to the carrot + beans + peas) inside the cooker for 1 whistle alone (See picture below).
Heat oil + butter in a pan, add finely chopped onions and saute stirring continuously till golden brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process. (you can season 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds if you prefer).
Now add ginger + garlic+ green chilli paste and saute for a few minutes.
Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes become mushy.
Add carrot, beans, peas and capsicum.
Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala and mix well.
Add potatoes, needed salt, water needed and mix well. Cook covered on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
Then mash the bhaji well with a masher. Bhaji should neither be thick nor thin, so add water accordingly.
Cook for another 2-3 minutes on low heat. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and add 2 tsp of butter on top.
Delicious Bhaji is now ready to be served.
How to serve Pav Bhaji
Slice pav horizontally. Apply butter on both sides and toast pav until brown on both sides. Serve with hot bhaji topped with finely chopped raw onions and few drops of lemon juice.
You can also sandwich pav with bhaji and serve as seen in the picture below.
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