I know, I know I’ll post nothing new but very common yet everyone’s favourite street food recipe today. But still, my version is slightly different from others. I already tried couple of Pav-bhaji recipes but finally ended up my Mom’s version which only give me fool-proof satisfaction. :) She does make a very beautiful and mouth-watering Pav-bhaji. After getting married, my Mom and MIL have given me cooking lessons over the phone chit-chat. :) Here, it’s very simple recipe from my mom and I am sure you would love it. She used to prepare each plate of bhaji like Pav-Bhaji walah bhaiya….one by one and man we would totally relish to it. :))
Back my home, my Papa and brother don’t like crunchy onions in Pav-Bhaji. So my mom never add any onions in gravy. We used to sprinkle chopped onions over bhaji or use as per choice. To make my Pav-Bhaji special is nothing but the Garlic chutney. A tbsp of thick garlic chutney drizzle over your bhaji just enhances the whole taste of your bhaji! So, I also make garlic chutney beforehand and add into prepared bhaji with splash of lemon juice, chopped onions and coriander and butter!
[serves 3 people]
- 2 cups Cauliflower florets, cut and washed very well
- 2 cups mix vegetables, fresh or frozen (I used frozen carrot, green beans, peas and corn)
- 2 medium Potato – peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 medium Tomatoes – finely chopped
- 1 tsp Ginger – Garlic paste (I use freshly crushed)
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 tsp Red Chili powder (Adjust to your taste)
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 2 tsp Pav-bhaji Masala powder (Everest/Badshah brand) ~ please adjust with your taste
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp Oil + 2 tbsp Butter
- Extra butter/oil — for pav.
- Bread/buns(dinner rolls)/pav – as much as you want.
For Garlic chutney:
- 4-5 big cloves of peeled garlic
- 2 tsp Red chili powder (less or more – adjust to your heat tolerance)
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp Ghee
- 1 medium Onion – finely chopped
- Lemon wedges
- Handful of chopped Coriander leaves
- Butter or Margarine – your choice
1. Pressure cook all vegetables (adding 2 cups water) till soft, about 4-5 whistles. Drain them and keep aside. Reserve this water/vegetable stock.
2. Heat oil+butter in a wide pan, add into ginger-garlic paste, sauté it for a second and add chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle some salt to it. Cook tomatoes on medium heat with continuous stir.
3. When tomatoes are almost wilted and oil start to leave the side, add all the spices and cook it 2-3 mins more and mash the tomatoes with help of potato masher.
4. To this, add all the boiled vegetables and salt. Mix it well. Add a little vegetable stock if needed. Mash the bhaji using potato masher. Cover partially and cook it on slow-medium heat for 10-12 mins more. Check for seasoning.
5. You will see all the spiced blended well. Remove from the heat. Leave it covered for 5-10 mins more.
6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with a dollop of butter/margarine, chopped onions, lemon slices and drizzle some garlic chutney on top.
7. Heat your griddle and spray some oil/butter and toast pav/bread lightly brown and serve with your yummy bhaji.
I usually prepare each plate of bhaji; little by little. Once the bhaji is ready, heat 1 tsp butter in a pan; add about 2 ladleful prepared bhaji, pinch of Paav-bhaji masala powder, garlic chutney (about 1-2 tsp) and a little water or vegetable stock. Mix it well and cook it for 1-2 mins and slightly mash it with potato masher. Transfer it to serving dish and serve with finely chopped onions, lemon slices, coriander leaves and butter if you want more. This way making a bhaji turns very yummy and tasteful!
This chutney gives an extra kick to your bhaji. Try it next time and you’ll thank me!
Blend all ingredients except Ghee. Make a smooth paste adding 1/2 cup of water. I usually make medium thick what is easy to blend with prepared bhaji. Heat a tsp ghee in a small pan and add garlic chutney. Stir on a slow heat. Cook it for 3-4 mins. This stage, chutney will smell so heavenly because of the Ghee. Now your chutney is ready! Trust me about adding garlic chutney. If you really love spicy street food, this idea won’t disappoint you. However, it’s completely optional. Please have a mouth freshener ready if you are using garlic chutney. ;)
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