Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian street food. Pav means bread and bhaji means vegetables in Hindi. The street vendors slather bread with butter and serve it with mashed vegetables garnished with fresh onions and cilantro and a lime wedge.
There is nothing more comforting than a plate of pav bhaji and hot tea on a rainy afternoon. You can use store bought pav bhaji masala or make your own. Don’t skimp on the butter in the pav/bread. The buttery golden brown bread is essential to bring out the full flavor of this signature street food of Mumbai.
1 russet potato cut into cubes
1 green bell pepper
1/2 cup green peas
1 carrot cut into small discs
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 onion finely chopped
1 thai green chili slit vertically
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala( I used Everest brand available in Indian grocery stores)
1 teaspoon red chili powder
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 Pav or dinner rolls ( I used pull-apart rolls from Trader Joe’s)
1. Take potatoes, green peas, cauliflower and carrots in a bowl and pressure cook them for 3 whistles. You can alternatively microwave them for 15 minutes. Mash them well once they are cooked.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add onions and sauté till they turn golden brown.
3. Add green chilies and ginger garlic paste and cook for couple of minutes.
4. Add chopped green bell pepper and cook till they turn soft.
5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
6. Add pav bhaji masala, red chili powder and salt and mix well.
7. Stir in the mashed vegetables and mix well.
8. Add 1/2 cup of water if required and cook for 5 minutes.
9. Add lemon juice and garnish with cilantro leaves.
10. Spread butter on pav or dinner rolls and toast them till golden brown and serve with bhaji.