Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pav Bhaji (Indian Street Food)

Photo by Amit Agni
1cup cauliflower,cut in small pieces
1cup cabbage
1/2 cup capsicum
3 green chilies
7 garlic,chopped
1 inch ginger
2 medium size tomatoes
1/4 cup green peas
1cup mashed potato
1 medium size onion,chopped
11/2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp chaat masala
Salt to taste
1 lemon
2 tbsp butter,room temperature
Butter for garnish
Chopped coriander for garnishing
Boil the cauliflower,cabbage,capsicum,peas together. Add 1/4cup water and pressure cook the vegetable until 4-6 whistles. Once the pressure cooker cools mash the vegetables. Boil the vegetables more if you think they are not mash-able.
Puree the tomatoes along with the green chilies and ginger.
Heat the butter in a pan. Ensure you don't burn it. Add the chopped onions. Fry until onions are translucent. Add the chopped garlic. Fry till the raw flavours are gone.
Add the tomato puree. Cook till the oil starts separating. 
Now add the mashed potatoes. Cook for a minute.
Add the mashed vegetables. Cook for another minute. Add the red chili powder,salt,chaat masala,pav bhaji masala and mix all the ingredients well.
Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-15minutes or until the bhaji starts to boil.
Add lemon juice as per taste. Garnish with chopped coriander. 
Serve with a dash of butter.
Pav Bhaji is a street food in India.
This bhaji goes well with Pav which is a bread made specially for this bhaji.
Try adding 6-7 small mint leaves for that extra flavour. Add the leaves when you puree the tomato along with the chilly.
Serve Pav Bhaji with chopped onions and a slice of lemon.


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