Sunday, November 12, 2006

Irresistible-Pav Bhaji


Pav-Bhaji is a traditional fare which is enjoyed by one and all. Back home on weekend evenings one could see the streets lined up with pav-bhaji stalls and people relishing this lip-smackin' dish. The aroma of the butter and masala over the hot griddle , vendors shouting out loud to attract people, loud blaring horns of the passing vehicles and the chaos in and around the place lends a whole new meaning to the dining out experience.
Here I may not be able to experience the same however I can definitely enjoy the aroma and taste of pav bhaji.

Ingredients
2 Medium Onion
1 Small potato
1/2 cup Green Pepper cubed
1/2 cup Green peas
1 small carrot
3 Tomatoes
4 Cloves of Garlic
1" Ginger
2 Green chillies
1 tsp Ketchup (optional)
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tbs Pav Bhaji Masala
Salt to taste
Half lemon
Small lump of jaggery or pinch of sugar

Garnish
Handful of Cilantro leaves
Lemon
Onion chopped

Method
  • Boil the green peas with little salt
  • Boil the Potato in a small vessel and mash it along with green peas
  • Blanch the tomatoes and chop them
  • Chop finely green pepper, carrot and onion
  • Finely chop and crush mixture of garlic, ginger and green chillies in a pestle
  • Heat oil in a wok and saute' the onions till they are translucent
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste, when the aroma of ginger starts coming, add carrot and green pepper and saute till onions are brown
  • After couple of minutes add turmeric , coriander, chili powder and Pav Bhaji masala and stir continuously for a minute
  • Add blanched tomatoes and saute till the oil separates (You can also add 1tsp of ketchup if you like)
  • Add mashed potatoes, green peas, jaggery, salt and mix. After couple of min add 1 cup water (you may add more water if you need extra gravy)
  • Simmer on medium flame for 10 min. Then add lemon juice and mix
  • Slightly heat the pav on a griddle with some butter
  • Serve the hot pav bhaji and top it with chopped onion and cilantro and lemon wedge its side

Note:

For pav you can use white brat bun, which is similar to hot dog bun and cut it into two and slit each side ways.

You can also apply some garlic-chili paste on the bread or pav before heating it on griddle. You can make garlic-chili paste by crushing 3-4 garlic cloves with some salt,2-3 dry red chillies,1 tsp oil, lemon juice,and sugar to taste. This gives the pav extra flavor.

11 comments:

Trupti said...

That Pavbhaji looks so yummy! The color is just beautiful....Welcome to the world of blogging,I am a newbie,just like you!

Cheers,Trupti

Priya S&S said...

Pav Bhaji looks reaaly good. Beautiful Pictures Sri !

Sri said...

Trupti, Priya

Thanks a lot

Annita said...

Pav Bhaji looks mouth watering,Sri...Nice pictures too

Sandeepa said...

very nice pictures of the pav bhaji..great job sri
Welcome to food blogging

mandira said...

The pav bhaji looks delicious and so does the cake :) welcome to food blogging!

Lakshmi said...

really they are irresistible, beautiful snaps

Sri said...

Hi Annita,
Thanks for stopping by..do try this one and let me know, how it was?

Sri said...

Thankyou Sandeepa...visited your blog and loved your prawncurry a lot..will surely try it.

Hello Mandira & Lakshmi
Try it...you will love it. Thanks!!!

Pooja said...

hi sri,
welcome to the blogging world, full with so many warm blog buddies.:) . I am also a newbie like you, have started it since september. nice pic of pav bhaji. i also make it the same way.
Happy blogging and stay tuned
-Pooja

Sri said...

Thankyou pooja..your gujju kadhi looks delicious too. Happy blogging to you too.