Hi friends! Today, we’re diving into the vibrant world of Indian street food with a delightful recipe – Pav Bhaji.
Originating from the bustling streets of Mumbai, this dish is all about simplicity and flavor.
“Pav” refers to a type of bread roll that is similar to a dinner roll or bun. It has a soft and slightly chewy texture. It is typically served toasted or buttered and is an essential component of the dish.
“Bhaji” refers to a spiced vegetable curry or stew. In the context of Pav Bhaji, it specifically refers to a mixture of various vegetables that are cooked, mashed, and seasoned with a blend of spices.
This bhaji is usually a medley of vegetables like potatoes, peas, carrots, capsicum (bell pepper), cauliflower, and more, cooked in a tomato-based gravy and spiced with a special Pav Bhaji masala.
Whether you’re a newbie to Indian cuisine or a seasoned enthusiast, Pav Bhaji is a must-try that brings a piece of India’s street food culture to your plate.
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter (or use coconut oil)
- 1 large onion (finely chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 inch ginger (grated)
- 3 medium potatoes (boiled and mashed)
- 2 large tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoons pav bhaji masala
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- Salt (adjust to taste)
- 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, bell peppers)
- 1/2 cup cauliflower florets (finely chopped)
- Freshly chopped cilantro
- 8 pav buns (or use dinner rolls)
- In a large pan, melt a tablespoon of vegan butter. Sauté finely chopped onions for 2-3 minutes, or until they're translucent.
- Now, add minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for 1 minute until aromatic.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until they're soft. Mash them to create a smooth base.
- Next, add Pav Bhaji masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Stir well, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add mixed vegetables and finely chopped cauliflower. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the vegetables become tender.
- Mix in the boiled, mashed potatoes. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Add the remaining butter (or coconut oil). Turn down the heat to low, and let the Bhaji simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- In the meantime, slit the Pav buns (or dinner rolls) horizontally without cutting them entirely. Toast them with vegan butter/coconut oil until they turn golden.
- Ladle the Bhaji onto a plate, and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve along with the buttery Pav buns.
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