What is Pav Bhaji? Pav Bhaji is the epitome of indian fast food snacks. It is a spicy vegetable stew that you sop up with pillowy bread.It is such a wholesome dish that is also serves as a great substitute for a full meal. Said to have originated as a easy to prepare and quick to eat dish among the mill workers in Bombay and this dish as now won the hearts of billions of people all over the world. It is highly recommended for small evening get together or for family gatherings. Since “Bhaji” is prepared by mashing all the vegetables, it leaves a person clueless to the ingredients used to prepare the dish and is a great way to sneak those veggies into your kid’s meal.
I make a whole batch at a time then it is easily available whenever you want to eat it. You can also make an extra batch and freeze it just in case one day if you don’t feel like cooking, you can have Pav Bhaji 🙂 Lately, this has been my easy to go meal with baby and school. I don’t know where the time goes!
As long as you have Pav Bhaji spice mix readily available on your shelf, and vegetables in the fridge you will be able to make this anytime as quick and very satisfying meal. You can make the Pav Bhaji spice mix at home from scratch or buy it from the indian grocery store.
3 medium size potatoes – boiled till soft, peeled and well mashed
1/4 cup green peas – boiled till soft, lightly mashed
1/2 cup cauliflower – boiled till soft, well mashed
1/2 cup carrots- boiled till soft, well mashed
1/2 cup eggplant – boiled til soft, well mashed
1/2 cup finely chopped green capsicum
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 medium size tomatoes finely chopped
2 tsp ginger paste
4 tsp garlic paste
2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro (optional if you like it)
2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice
In a pressure cooker, add all your veggies (potatoes, carrots, peas, cauliflower, capsicum, eggplant) cook until soft and mash all veggies well.
Heat oil & butter in a deep non stick pan on medium heat. Add chopped onions & saute till it turns light brown. Add ginger & garlic paste & saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook til the tomatoes become mushy. Add salt, Pav Bhaji masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and saute for 2 minutes. Cook this gravy for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. Add your mashed veggies to this gravy and mix well. Cook the bhaji for another 15-20 minutes, add little water if it becomes too dry. Adjust salt to taste, add cilantro and lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients well and cook for another 5 minutes. Yummy bhaji is now ready! Serve with an extra dollop of butter on top, lemon wedges and fresh or toasted thick white bread.
You can eat Bhaji with any type of bread you like! I personally like Hawaiian rolls or regular white bread. My dad likes his bhaji with sourdough bread. So just take any bread you like, apply some butter and cook both sides well on stove
Here is the recipe for the spice mix if you want to make it at home.
Pav Bhaji Spice Mix
4 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tsp fennel seeds
4 star anise
2” piece cinnamon sticks
6 dry red chillies
4 cardamon pods, seeds removed
1 tbsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp mango powder
Dry roast everything excluding mango powder and turmeric powder. Let the ingredients cool little bit then blend into fine powder. Add turmeric and mango powder and mix well.
P.S. Make this in advance so you can use it anytime. Store in an air tight container.