Pav Bhaji

One of the most indelible joyful moments of any mother would be seeing her children relish the healthy food prepared by her. Serving home-made whole wheat pav bread with mixed vegetables curry (bhaji) to my family is one such moment that I wish to cherish forever.

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If we serve oven-fresh flavorful pav breads with delectable bhaji to our children, they won’t get in to an eatery any more for a plate of high caloric pav bhaji which is a major cause of juvenile obesity nowadays.

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Let’s look into the recipe for bhaji served as a side for pav breads; you may also click on the link to find my detailed recipe for whole wheat pav bread.

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Time taken: 30 min.

Yields: 3 cups (600 ml)

Ingredients :

  1. Any neutral oil – 2 tsp
  2. Onion – 1 No.
  3. Tomatoes – 2 Nos.
  4. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  6. Vegetables:
    • Potato – 1 No.
    • Beetroot – 1 No. (used for its deep red color)
    • Capsicum – 1 No.
    • Carrot – 1 No.
    • Cauliflower florets – a few
    • Fresh peas – a handful
  7. Salt – 1 tsp
  8. Pav bhaji masala – ½ tsp ( I used Everest brand)
  9. Butter – 1 tsp

For grinding:

  1. Ginger – 1 inch piece
  2. Garlic – 5 Nos.

For garnishing :

  1. Chopped coriander leaves
  2. Onion rings
  3. Boiled peas
  4. Butter

Cooking procedure:

  • Wash vegetables, chop them into small chunks and keep aside.
  • Chop onion & tomatoes finely and keep aside.

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  • Grind ginger & garlic into a paste after adding little water.

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  • Heat a pressure cooker with neutral oil in medium flame.
  • Add chopped onion and saute until translucent.
  • Grind ginger & garlic after adding some water.
  • Add tomatoes followed by ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder & turmeric powder and saute until tomatoes turned mushy.
  • Add chopped vegetables and mix well.
  • Pour water (150 ml) and add salt into the cooker.
  • Pressure cook the vegetables (simmer for 10 min. after bringing to high pressure).
  • When the pressure is released, mash cooked vegetables using potato masher.
  • Add pav bhaji masala and mix well.
  • Pour hot water (50 ml) and bring it to a boil.
  • Add butter and turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onion rings & boiled peas before serving.

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How to serve pav bhaji:

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