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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pav bhaji

Pav bhaji is a favourite fast food on the streets of Mumbai.It is very easy to make at home.Kids especially love this fast food.I first learnt to make pav bhaji from Amul Cook book which I had received in post.Since then I have made it many times.My daughter loves it though I would prefer she eats more bhaji & not many pav.

This is a healthy option as many kids make faces while eating vegetables ( that is if they eat many veggies ) .This recipe uses many vegetables & hence the kids will eat a variety of veggies in  this dish as all veggies are mixed up.

Ingredients :
For buttered pavs :
10 Pav ( buns available at the local bakery ) 10 is just an approximate number.Kids will eat all pav & leave no pav for you to taste.Option is to make chappatis & eat with the bhaji. Another healthy option is to buy whole wheat pav( wheat brown in colour )  if available at any stores nearby.Generally, the pav which is found in shops & bakeries is white pav ( off white in colour ) -made from maida.
Amul butter -2 to 3 tbsp.

For bhaji : 3-4 potatoes,1-2 onions,1 capsicum,2-3 tomatoes,1 carrot,1 cup beans,1 cup cabbage, 2 green chillies, 1/2 ' ginger,1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp hing,1-2 tbsp oil,1 tbsp pav bhaji masala,salt to taste.

Method : Clean & roughly chop the carrot,cabbage & beans.Pressure cook these chopped veggies & potataoes seperately in different vessels.Keep aside.

Take a kadhai & add oil.Put on gas.When the oil gets hot,add finely chopped onions,green chillies & grated ginger.Mix nicely.Cook covered with a lid till onions get transluscent.  Remove lid & add finely chopped capsicum.Cover with lid & cook.After 3-4  minutes,add finely chopped tomatoes to the kadhai & mix nicely .Cover with alid & cook till it tomato pieces get pureed nicely giving a red colour to the veggie mix.Another option is to pressure cook tomatoes & mash them.Then add the tomato puree to the veggie mix.

Now mash the boiled carrot-cabbage & beans mix into paste form.Add the veggie paste  to kadhai & mix nicely.Add hing & red chilli powder.Mix.Let it keep getting cooked.Peel the potatoes & mash them into a paste.Add the patato paste to kadhai & mix nicely with the other veggies in kadhai.Add some water & mix nicely to avoid the potato forming lumps.Add salt.Mix nicely.

For mashing ,mashers are available in market- wooden ones or steel ones can be used.

Add pav bahji masala ( readymade pav bhaji masala mix are available in market ).Mix nicely.Put off the gas.Keep aside.

Take a pav & slit it horizonatlly with a knife.Smear the insides of the pav thus split with Amul butter.Toast the pav with butter smeared surfaces on the tava which is getting heated on the gas stove.After the buttered pav has slightly browned,remove it .Repeat with remaining pav pieces.

Serve the pavs with bhaji which has been garnished with finely chopped onions & a slice of lemon.



Tip : Green peas can also be added to the bhaji-take care not to mash green peas.Just add cooked peas to the veggie mix.In place of cabbage ,cauliflower can be added by pressure cooking & mashing it.

The essentials of pav bhaji are onions,capsicum,tomatoes & onions & pav bahji masala.If red colour is needed,more tomatoes can be added. Kashmiri chilli powder may also add to the redness of the bhaji..Other vegetables can be as per choice.I do not use garlic & hence have not added.

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