Friday, October 3, 2008

Pav Bhaaji!

I am adding this recipe to my blog especially for a friend Sowmya, she is not a blogger, she wanted me to add this one to my blog! So here Sowmya….this is for you!!! Hope you are happy ;) Pav Bhaji is one of the most delicious and popular street foods in Mumbai, it’s a great substitute for a meal…..i know all of you blogger friends must have made this one, but here’s my version!!
Ingredients (Serves 6 to 7 persons)
½ kg Cauliflower
6 medium size potatoes
250 gms capsicum
250 gms Green Peas
½ kg Tomatoes
½ Kg Onion
8 to 10 pods Garlic
1” Ginger
3 to 5 tbspn. Oil
2 to 3 tbspn. Red Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
Pav Bhaji Masala (I use Everest)
Pav (Use laadi pav only, unfortunately in Chennai they aren’t available, Btw Laadi pav is a Mumbai term, it means nonsweetened Pav)
Finely chopped Coriander
1. Cook green Peas, Potatoes and finely chopped Capsicum and Cauliflower in a pressure cooker till they are tender and can be smashed properly. After these vegetables are cooked and cooled, peel the skin of potatoes and smash them thoroughly, also smash the green peas, cauliflower and capsicum. Keep aside.
2. Take Tomatoes in a bowl, add water to them till they are drowned in it and boil for about 5 to 7 mins, the tomatoes should become very tender. Keep them to cool. After they cool off, remove the skin and grind them to make a fine puree. Keep aside.
3. Take 3 onions and chop them very finely, keep aside, they will be used for dressing. Take rest of the onions, cut them in big pieces and grind them to make a fine paste. Keep aside. Make a fine paste of Garlic and Ginger also (I used readymade). Keep aside.
4. Heat Oil in a pan, add Onion and ginger – garlic paste to it, stir fry till light brown, now switch the flame off. Add all the smashed vegetables with the Tomato Puree, mix well. Add 2 cups of water, you may add more if you feel it’s too solid. Stir and mix well, now add salt, red chilli powder and Pav Bhaji masala (Chilli powder and pav bhaji masala may be added more if you feel like) mix well, Switch on the flame, keep it low, let the whole mixture cook for about 20 mins, keep stirring in gaps so that it doesn’t stick.
5. Your Bhaji is ready! While serving, fry the Pav after applying butter to them on a frying pan, fry till they are crispy brown. Serve Bhaji with dressing of inely chopped Onions , finely chopped coriander and one tspn. Butter with every serving!! Now Hog!! :)

P.S. I also added some red colour to the bhaji. You may add to make it look more attractive.


Sangeeth said...

loved ur presentation...this is how this recipe will b served in many hotels re! i luv this food though junk...cant help it some times ..very tempting!

delhibelle said...

looks SO good, and I love the 2-3 tbsp chili powder you have added, pav bhaji is only fun when spicy, no?

Shubha said...

Wow yaarr...Pav bhaji looks awesome... muh mein paaani aa raha hai..:P

Mrs.Kannan said...

wawiiiii....I am drooling over your pavbaji,The color looks perfect...and the breads looks shining and yummy..Frist time in your blog,you have got nice recipes


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Shubha said...

wow this looks awesome re... dunno how i missed this one.... hehhe...the plate looks cool... reminds me of amrutha... near the thane station...:P

Shubha said...

yaar i just saw i have messaged u about it... but yet i feel i havent seen this earlier hehhe... I am becoming old yaar....:(:( send me some paav bhaji...:P