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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Pav bhaji [Spicy vegetable mix n bread] -simply ' wow' !

Spicy Pav n Bhaji- the 'dream snacks'.
Pav Bhaji is the specialty item of Maharashtra. Somewhere Mumbai, the dream city of India has an inherent connection with Pav bhaji and the famous Vada pav. Pav bhaji is a popular item which is available not only in Maharashtra but also other metro cities as well. Pav bhaji can be proudly called one of the specialty items of India, and one of the most popular street food items. The common Indian loves Pav bhaji and likes to treat his friends with this simple wonder. Simple combination, tantalizing taste, wholesome nutrition are the few characteristics that differentiates Pav bhaji and hence it's the 'dream snacks ' of  Indians. I believe that every one yard distance in Mumbai possesses one Pav bhaji stall atleast. It's the easiest business meant for a simple Indian who wants to survive. Let's see the method of preparation of this magic wonder.

Ingredients: Preparation for 4 people
Potato ( medium sized 4 nos.),
Carrot ( medium sized 2 nos.),
Green peas( 50 gms.),
Tomatoes( medium sized 3 nos., grated),
Onions ( medium sized 3 nos, grated),
Capsicum ( 1 medium sized grated ),
Cauliflower ( 1 medium sized grated),
Ginger-garlic paste,
Pav bhaji masala [a special blend of chilly, coriander, black pepper, dry mango, cloves, taj, black salt, salt, cardamom, fennel seeds, cumin, curry leaves ] available in standard brands in the market.
Butter ( 50 gms.)
Coriander leaves for garnishing,
Lime juice for garnishing,
Green chillies for garnishing,
Salt as per taste.

Procedure: The procedure is very simple and quite easy if followed meticulously.

Boil vegetables

Step1: All the vegetables potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, green peas should be boiled . Tomatoes, onions, capsicum should be grated into smaller pieces as shown in the picture. Keep the vegetables aside.

Mash the boiled potatoes

Step 2: The potatoes should be boiled and mashed as shown in the picture.

Cook all the vegetables 

Step3: Heat oil in a container. Dash the onions, tomatoes, capsicum , ginger-garlic paste in it and cook till the vegetables becomes soft. Add the mashed potatoes and also the other vegetables- cauliflower, green peas, carrots in it. Mix well with the help of a spatula and mix 4 teaspoons of the Pav bhaji masala in it. Cook till the entire content becomes an even mixture and the color of the pav bhaji masala should dominate. You will enjoy a mind boggling flavor which will emit from the mixture prepared. The combined essence of all the vegetables will really enhance your appetite. Add 1/2 cup of water in the content and cook well so that the mixture should have a nice gravy appearance. Texture of Pav bhaji should be of thick gravy type. The boiled potatoes will  dominate the texture of the gravy.

After the bhaji is cooked, you may remove it to a serving bowl. Chop coriander leaves, onions and extract lime juice for the final garnishing and nice presentation. It's always advisable to add a dollop of butter on the  bhaji before serving it with hot bread ( pav bread which is commonly available in all food stores). Enjoy this dish with your family and friends and experience  the taste which makes India crazy. Pav bhaji , the simple Indian snacks - simply irresistible!


  1. recipe and photos - simply mouth-watering! I didn't know it was originally from Maharasthra.

    You might like to visit my blog and hear about vegetarian haggis :)

  2. Will surely do so...Kalpana....thanks