Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pav Bhaji | How to Make Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a much known Indian fast food originated from Maharashtra. It used to be a lunch for mill workers, which was invented by a street vendor to reduce their lunch time.This mill worker's food became widely famous & is being enjoyed by all.
Pav means bread & they look mostly rectangular & some times round in shape. This bread is soft & has a kind of sweet taste to it. You can buy this bread from a grocery store or from a local bakery shop. You can also bake your own bread, as I have done for this recipe. 
Bhaji means vegetable curry. For this dish I used mix of chick peas & veggies.I have seen many street vendors adding chick peas to their bhaji & they use the same bhaji for samosa chat & in few other chat's. 
Pav Bhaji is enjoyed along with sliced onion & a little spread of lemon juice. 

Prep Time- 10mins | Cook Time-30mins | Serves-
1/4Cup kabuli channa {chick Peas}
1&1/2Cup potatoes chopped {2medium potatoes}
1Carrot chopped
1/2Cup green peas
1Cup chopped onion 
2Tomatoes chopped
2Garlic cloves minced
1/4Cup water
1/4Tsp turmeric 
1Tsp chili powder {adjust as needed}
2Tsp pav bhaji masala / garam masala
2Tbs coriander chopped
3Tbs oil
For Pav & Serving 
3Tbs butter / ghee
7 Pav
Finely chopped onions 
1Lemon slice
- Pressure cook potatoes, carrot, chick pea & green peas for 2whistles. Allow it to cool.
- Mean while heat pan with oil. Add onions to pan a along with garlic.
- Fry till onions are soft. 
- Add tomatoes to pan & cook them till oil separates.
- Mash the pressure cooked ingredients & add them to pan along with water.
- Cook on low heat for 3mins. 
- To that add salt, chili powder & masala powder.  Adjust salt & chili powder if needed.
- Cook them on low heat with a closed lid for 5mins.
- Switch off heat & garnish with coriander leaves.

For Serving
- Heat a pan with little butter. 
- Cut pav in to half horizontally. 
- Place them on the butter & cook them till they are crisp & browned a little.
- Repeat the same with rest of the pav's. 
- Serve with bhaji, onions & lemon slice.
- You can avoid chick pea & replace it with 1Cup cauliflower.
- If you don't have pav bhaji masala replace it with garam masala.
- You can butter instead of oil for frying onions.

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  1. Adding kabuli channa to pav bhaji sounds delicious dear :) I will try it next time I make them.. this my all time fav !!

  2. My all time fav....... Looks tempting 😃

  3. love it....u just took me back to my pune days...I should try making it at home someday

  4. I just came home after a month long vacation and you are making me hungry :) pav bhaji looks yumm.. Feel like taking that plate out along with the pav.

  5. never add chana in pav bhaji. bt next time i will try this.. .......... delicious dear.........

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