Pav bhaji originated in mumbai as a quick lunch option for textile mill workers. gradually this dish become so popular that now it is served as a street food as well as in restaurants in mumbai and the rest of india.
Ingredients for making Pav bhaji
1 and 1/2 cup Cauliflower Cut into small pieces
1 cup Cabbage Chopped
1 and 1/2 cup Capsicum Chopped
1 and 1/2 cup Carrot Chopped
1 cup Peas
1 cup Potato Peeled and chopped
6 tbsp Butter
1 and 1/2 cup Onion Chopped
2 tsp Ginger Paste
2 tsp Garlic Paste
2 cups Tomato Chopped
2 tsp Green Chilli Chopped
2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
5 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
1/2 cup Paneer Grated
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Fresh Coriander Chopped
Instructions for making Pav bhaji
Wash the vegetables and add them in a pressure cooker.
Add a cup of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle on high heat.
Simmer the heat and cook for another whistle.
Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release and keep aside.
Heat butter in a pan.
Add onion, ginger paste and garlic paste and fry till onion turns translucent and the raw smell of ginger and garlic is gone.
Add green chillies and tomatoes and ½ cup of water and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Now add red chilli powder and Pav bhaji masala and cook for a minute.
Add the cooked vegetables in the pan and mix well.
Mash the Pav Bhaji using a potato masher till it is all mushy and mixed very well.
Keep adding little water if the Pav Bhaji thickens and cook for 10-12 minutes on medium low heat.
Add paneer, lemon juice, salt and coriander and mix well.
Garnish with fresh coriander and dollop of butter.
Serve hot with a dollop of butter, chopped onions and slightly toasted and buttered Pav.
Tips to Make the Best Pav Bhaji Recipe!
✓ use lots of butter and kasuri methi
✓ a generous squeeze of lemon juice is must before serving
✓ garnish with lots of cilantro
✓ use fresh ginger and garlic, the store bought ginger-garlic paste won’t give the same flavor
✓ when toasting the pav/bun, add a pinch of pav bhaji masala and kasuri methi to the butter and then toast the pav
✓ don’t forget the chopped onions while serving the pav bhaji!