Sunday, February 3, 2013

Pav Bhaji: Spicy Medley of Vegetables served with Buns

Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji is a hurried meal for the man in the street and is a fast food dish that originated in Marathi cuisine.  This is a spicy blend of vegetables boiled, mashed and cooked with a spicy masala and served with butter fried pav. 

Pav Bhaji


8 ladi pavs
4 tbsp butter
1 cup potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 cup cauliflower, finely chopped
1 cup green peas
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup capsicum, finely chopped
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1 tsp black salt
4 tbsp butter
2 whole dry red chillies, soaked in warm water
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp ginger paste
1 onion, chopped
4 lemon wedges
1 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste


Boil the cauliflower, peas and carrots till they are soft. Drain out the excess water.

Blanch the tomatoes, chop randomly & puree them in blender. Keep aside.

Heat the butter in a large pan, add the onion and capsicum and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chilli, ginger garlic paste and sauté till the onion softens. Add the tomato and simmer till the oil separates. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, black salt and salt and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the cauliflower, green peas, capsicum and potatoes and mash thoroughly using a potato masher, adding half cup of water. Add salt and cook for 5 minutes till the bhaji comes to bubbling temperature and then simmer for 10 minutes with stirring at regular intervals..

Slice each pav into 2 horizontally. Apply a little butter to each side. Heat a flat bottom vessel and cook the pav on both sides till the pieces are lightly browned.

Serve the hot bhaji top with the onion and coriander. Serve with the hot pav and lemon wedges

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