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5 June, 2014

Pav bhaji

Comments : 4 Posted in : Vegetarian on by : srilakshminair Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ahhh! Pav Bhaji. Its a comfort food, and the perfect mood awakener. Pav is bread, and bhaji is a mixture of vegetables, cooked with tomatoes and spices, and cooked until the vegetables are completely mashed. Its usually a snack, but can also be eaten as a meal. Its an all time favorite of mine. Whenever I have a bad day, and I’m feeling down and low, I just take a bowl of steaming hot bhaji, and soft buns crisply fried in a generous amount of butter, and I take one bite of it and I die and go to heaven…mmm…and yes, there’s butter involved! When you go to the streets of Mumbai, you can get delicious, spicy, tangy, pav bhaji that just oozes butter. But that’s OK if you’re eating it once in a while. When I make it at home, I have my own version, which is both tasty, and healthy, which means you can eat is as much as you like, without feeling too guilty about it. But this dish just cannot be made without bread and butter. Sure, you can have the bhaji with something else, but nothing tastes as good with bhaji as warm, toasted buns. You can reduce the amount of butter, unless you have a certain fondness for cellulite and arteriosclerosis. So come with me into my kitchen, and I’ll show you how to make the most delicious, comforting, hand clapping goodness that fills your belly, and your heart!

You will need the following ingredients:

Unsalted butter.

Jeera/Cumin seeds1/2 teaspoon

Chopped onions3/4 cup

Chopped green chillies1 tablespoon

Freshly chopped ginger1  1/2 tablespoons

Chopped tomatoes1 cup

Chopped capsicum/green bell peppers3/4 cup

Red chilli powder1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder1/4  teaspoon

Coriander powder1 1/2 tablespoons

Cumin powder/ jeera powder a pinch

Boiled mashed potatoes1 1/2 cups

Cauliflower1 cup and green peas3/4 cup
cooked with a pinch of turmeric powder, and salt, and mashed.

Water1/2 cup

Salt– 3/4 teaspoon

Coriander leaves/ Cilantroa handful

Fresh lemon juice3 tablespoons


In medium flame, heat about 5-6 tablespoons of butter, and add jeera, and sauté for a minute. Do not burn the jeera. Jeera gets bitter when its burnt.

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Add the onions, cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the onions are soft, and add the green chillies…

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…and cook for a minute. Now, add the chopped ginger, and sauté. Add the juicy tomatoes…

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…cook the tomatoes in medium flame until the tomatoes are soft and mushy, and add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and a pinch of cumin/jeera powder. Stir, and cook for about 2 minutes.

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…Add the mashed potatoes, and capsicum…

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…mix it all together, and add the cooked cauliflower and peas…

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…add water, and salt, stir. Cover and cook on a low flame for 10-15 mins. After 15 minutes, open the lid, and add the coriander leaves. Add the lemon juice and stir.

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Add a big chunk of butter on top, and let the butter slowly melt on top of the bhaji…

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….Serve hot with soft buns toasted in butter…

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4 thoughts on : Pav bhaji

  • Dr.S.C.Bantwal
    June 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love pav bhaji and was around when it was first invented near Bombay university in the late sixties. The butter used to toast the pav (bun) had to be Polson salted butter laid generously on the split bun and toasted face down on a large tawa. The same tawa also doubles on one side to keep the Bhaji hot and slightly caramellised in parts.

    • SrilakshmiNair
      June 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! How very nice for you that you were around when pav bhaji was first invented. The pav bhaji we get from the streets are undoubtedly delicious with the spices they use, the amount of butter they add, the technique used to cook the bhaji, etc . Like you said, the hot tawa also caramelizes the bhaji, and it will bring out the sweetness in the tomatoes they add. But its a lot more healthier making it at home, plus you don’t have to go out everytime you want to eat pav bhaji! :)

  • Bavani Ashok
    June 14, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Sri.. after reading your pav bhaji post, I got so tempeted n made it on that night itself for dinner.. I love pav bhaji.. its so yummy until I will stand at the stall n ask for more.. you r right.. making it at home is much healthier.. thanks dear for tempting me with your post.. looking forward for more.. :P

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