Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pav Bhaji

Ah! The famous Pav Bhaji! Something that can be enjoyed in so many different ways. It's just as famous at the Chaat places in India, as it is at a dinner party. I had a Chaat dinner party over the weekend, with some store bought frozen samosas and pani puri, but I had to make the pav bhaji from scratch. Here's what I did...

INGREDIENTS for the Bhaji

1 medium Onion -- chopped finely
1 medium Green Pepper -- chopped finely
1 large Tomato -- chopped finely
2 medium Potatoes -- I used potatoes
1 large Carrot
1 medium Cauliflower
1 cup Green Peas -- the frozen kind will do just fine
1 cup Green Beans -- I used frozen for this too
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
Pav Bhaji Masala
Red Chilli Powder
3 tbsp Butter + more for garnishing
Cilantro (Coriander) -- for garnishing
1 tsp Lime Juice -- or lemon if you like the taste of that better you will need for garnishing


Peel and chop the potatoes, cauliflower and carrot and add to a pressure cooker safe bowl with the green beans and peas. Pressure cook the vegetables with some water until they soften, about 1 whistle if you are using a regular pressure cooker.
Drain the water and roughly mash the cooked vegetables.
In a large pot, melt the butter and add in the onions, tomatoes and green peppers along with the ginger-garlic paste.
The green peppers provide a little bit of a crunch to the bhaji, so once the onions and tomatoes are well cooked, add in salt, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala to your desired taste, add the water you drained from the vegetables and let the mixture come to a boil. Add in the mashed vegetables and mix everything well.
Turn off and mix in the lime juice.
Since the lime juice turns bitter as you cook it, it is important to turn off the stove before you add the juice, the heat from the bhaji will be enough to help it mix in with the rest of the curry.

For the Pav

I used regular whole wheat bread slices, but you can use buns or dinner rolls as well.

Toast the bread and rub both sides with a little bit of melted butter. I toast my bread on a skillet, but a toaster will work as well. Just be sure to keep an eye on it.

Serving suggestion:

Garnish the bhaji with finely chopped onions, cilantro, a small cube of butter and a piece of lime (or lemon), it is best served hot.


I had some left over bhaji after the party was over. Sure I could have just served it as a regular curry with roti, but I really wanted to do something different.
So, this is what I did...

Place the left over bhaji in a serving bowl, add curd (or yogurt), tamarind chutney, coriander chutney, onion, lime juice, boondi, sev and coriander. Serve!
Since I had all of these ingredients left over from the party, I just added them all! :)
Tastes great hot or cold.


Trupti said...

pallavi..pav bhaji looks very delicious..my favorite

Pallavi said...

thank you trupti, I had a fun time making it :)

Swapna said...

Pav bhaji is my fav chat. I like to have this gangotri in chennai. Looks georgeous.

Neha said...

liked the leftover part, though rarely some is leftover in my kitchen (somehow its always short), but next time if there'sany ,'ll serve this way only.. :)

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