Pav Bhaji is a popular street food dish from India, especially in Mumbai. It consists of a spicy and flavorful vegetable curry served with soft and buttery buns (pav). This recipe serves 4-6 people.
For the Bhaji (Vegetable Curry):
- 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 cup cauliflower florets
- 1/2 cup green peas
- 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup finely chopped bell peppers (red and green)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
- 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
- 2-3 tablespoons pav bhaji masala
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- Salt to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- Lemon wedges for serving
For the Pav (Buns):
- 8-10 pav buns
- 2-3 tablespoons butter for toasting
- Chopped onions and lemon wedges
Preparing the Bhaji (Vegetable Curry):
- Boil the diced potatoes, cauliflower florets, green peas, and carrots until they are soft and fully cooked. Drain and mash them coarsely with a potato masher or fork. Set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or kadai over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
- Add finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
- Add minced garlic, ginger, and green chilies. Sauté for a minute or until the raw aroma disappears.
- Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and mushy.
- Add the chopped bell peppers and cook for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
- Add pav bhaji masala, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes until the oil starts to separate from the masala.
- Add the mashed vegetables and mix everything together. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add a little water if the mixture is too dry. The consistency of the bhaji should be semi-thick.
- Finally, add butter and mix it into the bhaji. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and keep the bhaji warm.
Preparing the Pav (Buns):
- Slice the pav buns horizontally but keep them attached on one side, like a hinge.
- Heat a griddle or a flat pan over low-medium heat. Spread a little butter on the cut side of each bun.
- Toast the buns on the griddle until they turn golden brown and crisp on the inside. You can also toast them on the tava (griddle) with a little butter for added flavor.
Serve the hot and spicy Pav Bhaji with the toasted pav buns, chopped onions, and lemon wedges. Enjoy your delicious homemade Pav Bhaji!