Pav bhaji is a Maharashtrian fast food dish that originated in Mumbai cuisine. The origin of this dish is traced to textile mill workers in Mumbai in the 1850s. Initially, it remained the food of the mill-workers. With time the dish found its way into restaurants and spread over Central Mumbai and other parts of the city via theUdupi restaurants. The pav-bhaji is a spicy preparation with a mixture of vegetables mashed well with a generous dose of fresh tomatoes, a dollop of butter, optional toppings of cheese and dry-fruits and fresh fruits, consumed with warm bread gently or crispy fried in butter - an all-time, anytime favorite with Mumbaikars. It is native to Mumbai and has now become popular in most metropolitan areas in India. But not only in India the popularity of this dish crossed the Indian border and now it is common to find it on the menu of most Indian restaurants serving fast food in Asia (especially Singapore, Hong Kong), America, UK (London), Switzerland and elsewhere. It has also come to become the staple dish in many Indian diets, due to its simplicity and delicacy.. Pav means bread. Bhajiin Marathi means vegetable dish. I am sure you will love this pavbhaji , the twist that I give in this recipe is I added a little boiled yellow peas. Mashed it well with the veggies and it added to the creamy texture of the bhaji. You can try my way or skip and go without it both way pav bhaji awesome.
Preparation time : 20 minutes Cooking time : 30 to 40 minutes Serves : 4 to 5 Ingredients: For the Pav : 8 to 10 pav ( soft fluffy breads) 4 tsp butter ½ tsp Pav bhaji masala For Bhaji : 4 boiled potatoes mashed 4 cup finely chopped cauliflower 1 cup green peas ½ cup yellow peas boiled ( optional) 1 cup chopped carrots ½ cup finely chopped capsicum 3 cup chopped tomato 1 cup chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped cabbage ½ tsp spoon turmeric powder 2 tbsp pav bhaji powder 1 tsp red chilly powder 1 tsp kashmiri red chilly powder 1 tsp garlic paste ½ tsp black salt powder 1 tsp grated cheese 4 tbsp butter salt to taste Visit my Indian Spice Store for all Indian Spices Indian Spice Bazar For serving : 1 big onion finely chopped 1 green chilly finely chopped finely chopped coriander lemon wedges
Methods of CookingBoil carrots , cabbage, green peas , cauliflower till soft. Drain the excess water. Keep aside. Now heat butter in pan add onion and capsicum. Fry till onion is brown then add the chopped tomatoes and turmeric powder, red chili powder, garlic paste, pavbhaji masala, Kashmiri red chili powder, salt and black salt. Fry the tomatoes with the masala till oil seperates. Now add the boiled vegetables, boiled yellow peas if using and mashed potatoes and grated cheese. Mix with the tomato mixture well. Add ¼ cup of warm water. Let it come to boil and then mash the whole mixture well. Put off the flame. To prepare the pav (bread) slice the pav horizontally into two. Brush each side of the bread with butter and sprinkle little pav bhaji masala, then toast the bread in a hot flat pan till the bread are slightly browned. Serve hot pav ( bread) with spicy bhaji (spicy vegetable blend) topped with chopped coriander onion and green chilly and lemon wedges. Relish the signature street food of Mumbai Pavbhaji.