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How to Make Pav Bhaji at Home

Pav bhaji is a mouth watering fast food made up of boiled potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato based gravy, flavoured with lots of garlic and butter.

There are many versions of pav bhaji and each one tastes awesome. Each recipe has different combination of vegetables, different quantity of tomatoes and different timing of addition of tomatoes. However this one makes perfectly balanced pav bhaji which is spicy, tangy, buttery and therefore delicious.

This recipe calls for a garlic red chilli paste. This paste gives an awesome kick and colour to the dish. Pav bhaji masala plays a very important role in enhancing the taste of pav bhaji. I have used homemade pav bhaji masala. When you make the masalas at home, you see and enjoy the difference. In the recipe I have used lots of vegetables and fewer potatoes. The idea is to make the kids eat vegetables and eat vegetables myself.

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Vegetable curry flavoured with spices, garlic, chillies and butter, served with soft buns – PAV BHAJI

Ingredients for Pav Bhaji

  • 3 dried whole red chillies
  • 18-20 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas, chopped {kidding ;)}
  • 2 potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp pav bhaji masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Lots of chopped coriander
To serve
  • 12 buns (pav)
  • Butter to roast buns
  • Pav bhaji masala as required
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • Lemon wedges
  • Butter as required

Pav Bhaji Recipe

1. Cook vegetables

Pressure cook 1/2 cup chopped cabbage, 1/2 cup chopped carrot and 1/4 cup peas with 2 cups water and little salt for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release. Take out the boiled vegetables on a plate and mash using a bhaji masher.

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2. Make garlic chilli paste

Soak 3 dry whole red chillies in warm water for 1/2 an hour. Discard the water. Remove stem. Grind together with 18-20 garlic cloves.

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3. Cook garlic chilli paste

In a pan heat 1 tbsp oil. Add 2 tbsp butter. Add garlic chilli paste. Cook for 1-2 minutes, till the raw smell of garlic goes.

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4. Cook onions and tomatoes

Add 2 chopped onions and cook till translucent. Add 4 chopped tomatoes and cook till mushy.

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5. Cook vegetables, capsicum and potatoes

Add boiled and mashed vegetables to the onion tomatoes. Cook for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped capsicum, cook for a minute. Add 2 boiled and mashed potatoes. Cook for 2 minutes.

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6. Add spices

Add 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 2 tsp pav bhaji masala. Add salt to taste. Cook for a minute.

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7. Add water

Add 2-2.5 cups water. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Check the consistency and seasoning. Garnish with butter and chopped coriander.

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8. Prepare buns

Slit the buns from the center. Heat butter on a pan. Sprinkle little pav bhaji masala and chopped coriander. Gently press the pav on the heated butter. Cook for 2 minutes.

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9. Bon appétit

Serve bhaji with crispy pav, chopped onions and lemon wedge.

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Suggestions:

  • You can also serve bhaji with roasted bread instead of pav.
  • Menu idea: Pav bhaji, tava pulav, aerated drink.
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