A popular street food in Mumbai and Delhi, Pav Bhaji literally means buns with vegetables. At any point in time hoards of bombayites crowd along roadside stalls and vendors to chow down spicy fares such as dahi sev , batata vada and pav-bhaji. From Mulund to Malabaar hills, in Chaupati or Juhu Beach, every mohalla and chowk has its own set of vendors with their smoky stoves and aromatic concoctions and the king of this street cuisine is Pav Bhaji.
Thick gravy with potatoes, peas and tomatoes simmered and spiked with a special masala blend, topped with a dollop of butter, corriander, raw onion and lime wedges, served with pav or buns also crisped in butter. The inescapable aroma of this bubbling dish is everywhere on the street. Extremely versatile, every stall and vendor add their own twist to the recipe. The city's premium joints offer options to top it off with extra butter, paneer or dry fruits at an extra cost. Hope you enjoy this taste of Bombay as much as we do here.
2 large potatoes
1 cup peas
2 green peppers
1 cup cauliflower
2 large tomatoes chopped
1 red onion chopped fine
3-4 cloves garlic crushed
1 inch ginger grated
3-4 tsp Pav bhaji masala
salt to taste
fresh coriander, lime wedges and finely chopped red onion for garnish
- Peel potatoes and carrots and cube them. Chop cauliflower and peppers. Boil all these veges along with peas in a pressure cooker with 1 cup water.
- Using a potato masher roughly mash the boiled veges.
- In a large pan heat oil and cook onions with ginger and garlic till pink in color.
- Add tomatoes and cook till they soften.
- Now add the boiled veges with salt, chilli powder and pav bhaji masala to the pan. Continue sauteing at medium high heat while stirring and mashing with your spatula. This mixture tends to spurt up a lot so make sure you have the lid on when not stirring.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend in well.
- Serve with dollops of butter, chopped raw onion mixed with fresh chopped coriander, lime wedges and crusty dinner rolls. Optionally you can pan fry some bread in butter to serve along the bhaji.