May 24, 2012

Pav Bhaji

Pav-bhaji is one of the most famous street food from Mumbai. But I never been to Mumbai, I have tasted this delicious dish in Hyderabad. I don't know difference between the both Hyderabadi and Mumbai recipes. What I know about this recipe is Pav means bread bhaji means stir fried and lightly mashed vegetables with lots of masalas. In total bhaji means vegetables in Marathi. I don't know why this chat bhandar wala s makes this bhaji so mashey like a paste., I don't like that. I have tasted this recipe about 20 years back those days I am just started learning ABC in cooking and this is hubby's favorite dish. I wanted to make this for him at home, but don't know about the ingredients and how to cook. Those days in Hyderabad a old man who brings fresh pavs straight from oven, He used to bring Pita bread also but I don't know what pita bread is at that time so sad:( . We used to by Pavs from this old man and bhaji from chat bhandar. After some time Sanjeev Kapoor started Khana Khazana in Zeetv and he show the recipe of Pav bhaji. That day you must see my tension because those days that is only one time telecast no repeat, so I have to note down the recipe, some how I managed it. I followed that recipe for couple of times, after that I changed it to my version. pav baji
In my version I dont mash vegetables to much, just mash ¼ of them. I like my bhaji with crunchy vegetables. I don't use Pav bhaji masala, I use a mixture of garam masala and chat masala this gives a different flavor to bhaji. Insted of using ginger garlic paste I use finely chopped ginger garlic ok let's check the recipe for bhaji here..
Potato  --- 3 medium boild and mashed lightly
White peas(dry) --- 1 cup soaked for over night and cooked for 3 whistles or till they become soft. Some times I use channa also (chickpeas)
Onion  -- 1 big finely chopped
Ginger  ---1 inch piece finely chopped
Garlic  --- 6 cloves finely chopped
Green chillis --- 3 finely chopped
Capsicum  -- 1 big chopped
Carrot  --- 1 big finely chopped
Tomato --- 2 big finely chopped
Turmeric powder  -- 1/4 tea sp
Red chilli powder  -- 1/2 tea sp
Coriander powder  -- 1/4 tea sp
Cumin powder  --- 1/4 tea sp
Garam masala powder  -- 1/2 tea sp
Chat masala  powder  -- 1/2 tea sp
Dry fenugreek leaves -- 1 tab sp
Salt to taste
Butter --- 2 tab sp
Oil --- 1 tabsp
Fresh coriander leaves  -- 1/4 cup finely chopped
If you have cauliflower you can use  grated cauliflower 1/4 cup
bhji METHOD:---
1.Heat oil and 1 tab sp butter in a pan add chopped carrot cook for a while then add chopped tomato and pinch of salt keep the heat low, cover and cook till carrots are half done.
2. Now add chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped green chillies, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder keep stirring.
3. Continue adding masalas with red chilli powder, garam masala powder, dry fenugreek leaves ( lightly crush and add dry fenugreek leaves) give a good stir.
4. Now add chopped capsicum and mashed potato ( here you can add grated cauliflower if using) mix well and add 1/2 cup water bring to full boil, cook for 5 minutes in a medium heat.
5. Then add chopped onion and salt to taste, cooked white peas mix well and mash 1/4 curry with a aloo masher  give a good stir add 1/4 cup water mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Cook bhaji till it become thick then add chat masala powder, chopped coriander leaves mix well and remove from heat.
Serve hot top with a dollop of butter and pav.
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Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear

lubnakarim06 said...

If this was for my breakfast then i will never go to sleep thinking of of my very favorite street food....looks delectable.....

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Pav Bhaji looks delicious..

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Its my favorite,love to have it any time of the day..looks so tempting.

Pavani said...

Pav bhaji is definitely makes for a hearty meal. Your dish looks delicious.

Srivalli said...

I remember the same tension abt Khanna Kazana..:)..the plate looks yummy..and those are the pav you made ..awesome Padma..looking fwd to that post!

Unknown said...

No valli pav buns what I made are finished at that evening itself. These pavs I brought from nilgiri's

Jayanthi said...

Pav Bhaji looks amazing. Nice one.

Jayashree said...

I love all kinds of chaat and street food. This is a family favourite.

Uma said...

పావ్ భాజీ చాలా బాగా చేశారు రేఖా! looks tempting.

radha said...

So very nice.. and tempting.

Priya Suresh said...

I can die for this, my all time favourite pav bhaji makes me hungry.

Unknown said...

a filling and wonderful snack! looks yummy!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Great snack and party favorite!

vaishali sabnani said...

here if we dont mash the bhaaji its called khada bhaaji...u r version sounds different but interesting!