Recipe for making Pav Bhaji at home

Sure! Here’s a detailed recipe for making Pav Bhaji at home:

Ingredients for Bhaji (Vegetable Curry):

  • 3 medium-sized potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large capsicum (bell pepper), finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to spice preference)
  • 1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to spice preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Ingredients for Pav (Bread Rolls):

  • 8 pav (dinner rolls)
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Instructions for Bhaji (Vegetable Curry):

  1. Boil and Mash the Potatoes:
  • Boil the potatoes until they are soft and easily mashable. Once cooked, peel the potatoes and mash them using a potato masher or fork. Set aside.
  1. Cook the Vegetables:
  • In a large pan or kadhai, heat oil and add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
  • Add minced garlic, grated ginger, and green chilies. Sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add finely chopped onions and cook until they turn translucent.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and the oil starts to separate.
  • Add the chopped capsicum, cauliflower, and green peas. Mix well.
  1. Simmer and Mash:
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and pav bhaji masala. Mix everything thoroughly and cook for a few minutes.
  • Now, add the mashed potatoes to the pan and mix them well with the vegetables.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the vegetables and potatoes together, ensuring they are well combined.
  • Add salt and lemon juice to taste. Adjust the spices and salt according to your preference.
  1. Add Butter and Simmer:
  • Add butter to the bhaji and mix it in to enhance the flavor and richness.
  • Let the bhaji simmer for a few more minutes until all the flavors blend together. You can also add a little water to adjust the consistency to your liking.
  1. Garnish:
  • Garnish the bhaji with fresh coriander leaves before serving.

Instructions for Pav (Bread Rolls):

  1. Butter the Pav:
  • Slit the pav horizontally but not all the way through, creating an opening for stuffing.
  • Heat a griddle or tawa and add butter to it.
  • Place the pav on the tawa and toast them on both sides until they become slightly crisp and golden.

Serve Pav Bhaji:

Serve the hot and flavorful Pav Bhaji with buttered pav, sliced onions, and a lemon wedge on the side. Optionally, you can also serve some extra butter on top of the bhaji for a more indulgent experience. Enjoy this delightful street food at home with your family and friends!

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