India is hugely popular for its street food. Pav Bhaji, Golgappe, Vada Pav, Chole Kulche, Bhel Puri and the list goes on. Each region has its own specialty. When I moved out of India, I dearly missed those delicacies. Because seriously eating the same food in a restaurant is not half the fun as eating it on the streets. Yesterday I had a sudden craving for some delicious Indian street food. Having a fridge full of veggies made the choice easier. I decided to make some Pav bhaji.
Pav Bhaji originated in Maharashtra but is now popular all over India. There are various methods to make this but the basic remains the same. Mashed vegetables and potatoes are seasoned with onion, tomatoes and pav bhaji masala. This is known as Bhaji and is served with toasted bread, called Pav. A lot of butter goes into the authentic preparation of this dish but I like to keep it light due to personal preferences. Here is how I make it.
Potatoes – 4 medium
Green Pepper/Capsicum – 1 medium, finely chopped
Carrots – 2
Cauliflower – 1/2 small (I have also substituted this with half a cabbage, tastes equally good)
Green peas – 1/2 cup
Beetroot – 1 small (It gives a beautiful red color)
Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped
Tomatoes – 4 medium, finely chopped
Garlic gloves – 5, minced
Ginger – 1 inch piece, minced
Butter – 2 Tbsp (or more if you like)
Green chilies – 2 chopped
Pav Bhaji Masala – 2.5 Tablespoon (Or more if you like it spicy)
Salt to taste
Kashmiri red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp (gives a good color)
Lemons – 2
Water – 1 cup, as required
Cilantro for garnish
- Pressure cook potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and beetroot till they are soft and mushy. Should take about 15 minutes. Once done, mash them well with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
- In a large pan or kadai, melt the butter and add the garlic and ginger. Once the two get some color add in the chopped onions and cook them till they get a nice brown color. Add in the chopped green pepper and green chilies and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Its time to add in the tomatoes and cook them till they leave some oil. Add in the salt, red chilly powder and the pav bhaji masala. Mix everything well.
- Finally, add the mashed and pressure cooked veggies and the green peas to the masala and mix everything. Add in water a little at a time and let it cook covered till it reaches the desired consistency.
- Do a final taste test, add in the chopped cilantro, drizzle some lemon juice and serve hot with a dollop of butter.
- To prep the Pav, heat some butter in a pan. Cut the Pav horizontally and heat them till they get nice and crispy.
- Enjoy your pav bhaji with some chopped onions and lemon wedges.
So go ahead and make some Pav Bhaji and enjoy a taste of India right in your home. And make sure to eat lots of street food in your next India trip, if your stomach allows it. 🙂
If you do not get Pav in your area, you can make your own by following this recipe at Shital’s Kitchen. Thanks to her I make my own now, and they always come out wonderful. Here is how she makes them:
My home cooked Pav following her awesome recipe.