Monday, July 21, 2008

Pav Bhaji


Potatoes - 3, peeled and chopped
Onion - 2 big, chopped finely
Beet - 1 small, grated
Carrot - 1 or baby carrots - 5 to 6, grated
Cauliflower - small piece, chopped
Bell Peppers/Capsicum - 1 small, chopped
Peas - 1/2 cup (optional)
Tomato - 1 big, chopped
Garlic - 2-3 flakes, grated
Ginger - 1 inch piece, grated
Cilantro/ Coriander leaves for garnish
Pav Bhaji Masala - 1-2 tsp
Haldi - pinch
Red chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Kasuri Methi - 1 tbsp
Pav/ Burger Buns- 1 pack

Pressure cook carrots, beet, capsicum, cauliflower, peas, bell pepper and potatoes together in little water till they are soft (around 3-4 whistles).
In the mean while heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and fry 1 chopped onion till it is golden brown. Add grated ginger and garlic and fry for some time. Then add the tomatoes and fry till they are soft. Then add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, kasuri methi and 2 tsp of Pav Bhaji masala and fry for few mins Add a little water so that the spices are not burned. Add the boiled veggies. Add little more water if needed and salt. Let it boil for some time. Now use a pavbhaji masher or with the back of a steel glass mash the mixture in the pan itself to a smooth paste. Cook for a little more time. Check and adjust seasonings. Garnish with chopped coriander.

For serving, heat a non stick tava. Put few drops of oil/butter. Cut the buns into 2 halves and place the halves on the tava and fry till slightly golden brown on both sides. Serve hot buns with bhaji (topped with butter) , chopped onions and a piece of lemon.

Note: I normally use frozen peas so I dont pressure cook them and add them after mashing the veggies.

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