Friday, November 18, 2011

Pav Bhaji

What chats you like to have on a evening with a company? Now, don't ask me what sort of company! Any company, indeed! Someone to chat with and have the chaat!

Pav Bhaji (also transliterated as pao bhaji and pau bhaji) is a fast food dish native to Maharashtra and popular in most metros in India. Pav means bread (the term derives from the Portuguese "pão") and bhaji means a curry and vegetable mix. The serving of pav bhaji consists of the bhaji (a potato based curry) and the pav (bread) garnished with coriander and chopped onions. Pav is a meat-less dish, which is high in carbohydrates and fats (if served with butter) and bhaji is high in carbohydrates and proteins.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Pav Bhaji is a wonderful evening snack or full meal by itself! It is quite fulfilling and hot on the chaat list for most of us!  I always buy the pav from Indian store but this I bought these burger buns from near by local market.

You need:

finely chopped Carrots - ½ cup
finely chopped Green beans - ½ cup
Green peas - ½ cup
finely chopped Cabbage - ½ cup
finely chopped Green Bell peppers - ½ cup
Potato boiled - 1 large
Tomatoes chopped - 2
Onion finely chopped - 1
Pav Bhaji Masala powder - 1 ½ tbsps
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder (optional) - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Chopped Corriander
Lime juice or lime pieces - 1 tbsp

Boil the carrots, green beans, peas, cabbage and bell peppers. Heat 2 tbsps of Butter in a skillet and add the chopped onions. Sauté till onions are soft and completely done. Add the chopped tomatoes, pav bhaji masala and chilli powder. Sauté till tomatoes are soft. Now add the boiled veggies(including potato), salt and ½ cup water. Mash with the help of a potato masher and blend all ingredients well. Bring to a simmering boil. Add more water if required. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve hot with pav.
Butter the buns and toast them on a pan. Serve these along hot bhaji, drizzled with lime juice or along with lemon pieces. Also garnish with additional chopped onions.
Call me to give a company to have this chaat!

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