Be it the streets of Bombay, Gujarat, Hyderabad or any metropolis, when it comes to the Chaat foods, Pav Bhaji is the king of the chaats. One of the most awesome, lip smacking, luscious Chaat that everybody craves for. A Chaat that is incomparable with other Chaats. Even at mid night you can find hordes of people at the beaches of Bombay to tuck their taste buds into the spicy chaat and some nice creamy kulfis.
Pav Bhajji, what is this which makes most of us run for? It’s just after all a small piece of soft pillowy bread served with a bhajji (mixed vegetables). Wow! it’s actually the Bhajji that makes the Pav Bhajji very special. It’s like a whole plate of meal or a heaven on a plate. Bhajji is a spicy vegetable stew that you sop up with the soft small breads. Now to first get the feel of a Pav bhajji stall, you would find a huge cast iron pan in front of the chef or cook at the entrance of the stall or restaurant surrounded with bowls of chopped veggies and an alarming number of butter packets. He would then start sautéing the veggies together with mashed boiled potatoes, chopped tomatoes, various spices and enormous dollops of butter and thoroughly mash the whole mixture into a sizzling vegetable dish. This would be served with the rolls of soft bread (pav) lightly fried in butter. Finally would top with raw onion slices and lemon wedges. Oops! Mouth’s watering. It’s a true dish that can make you jump with joy with the aromas of the spices and butter flowing out.
Making the pav bhajji is bringing out your culinary skills to get out the exact taste of the chaat walas. To prepare the Bhajji, heat butter in a pan, add cumin seeds, chopped onion and ginger and garlic. Fry until garlic turns slightly brown. Add finely chopped tomatoes, green chillies and cook with all spices till well mashed. Add all the boiled vegetables, salt and some water (if you want the bhajji to be thin than you can add little more water). Bring to boil. Remove from flame and add butter and top it with chopped onion, fresh coriander leaves and butter. Slit the pav (bread) in the center and fry lightly. Serve hot with bhajji and a piece of lemon wedge and chopped onions.
For the detailed steps of making of Pav Bhajji you can watch the video at: http://www.vahrehvah.com/Bajji+for+pavbajji:3636
The pav-bhajji is served with real Bombay laadi pav (slabs of bread), because the rolls are sold as entire slabs and you break the rolls off as required. This bread is so yeasty and terrific. You can serve it with any crusty bread that is chewy on the inside. Would not recommend the burger buns because they are too soft and pastry. Or else it’s always best to make the Pavs at home. You can view the video for making of Pavs and treat your family with a healthy and nutritious balanced snack or meal.
Recipe: Bajji for pavbajji
Summary: the curry to go with pav the bread , a famous snack from India
- amchoor pdr – 0
- any other vegetables – 1/2 – cup
- butter – 1- piece
- carrot – 1/2 - number
- cauliflower – 2 – piece
- chopped coriander – 1 – bunch
- coriander pdr – 1 – tbsp
- eggplant small -1 – number
- ginger garlic paste – 1 – tsp
- gr chilli – 0
- jeera – 1 – pinch
- kasoorimethi – 0
- lemon – 0
- onion – 2 – number
- pav – 0
- peas – 1/2 – cup
- potatoes – 2 – number
- salt – 0
- saunf pdr – 1/2 -tsp
- tomato -3 – number
- turmeric – 1 – pinch
- for curryHeat butter in pan and add cumin,chopped onion and garlic and ginger. Fry until garlic turns slightly brown. Add the tomates and gr chillies and cook with all spices till mashed and well done . Add all the vegetables. Salt and some water (add more water if u like the bhaji thin). Bring to Boil. Remove from flame and add butter top it with chopped onion, and Butter.slit the pav the bread and slightlyServe hot with bhaji and a piece of lemon and chopped onion
Cooking time (duration): 25
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: snack
To give some variation and spiciness to your pav, you can make masala pav…melt some butter in a skillet. Sprinkle pav bhaji masala in it, then fry the bread in this spicy butter until sizzling and golden. If you like to make a cheesy pav than you can add some shredded cheese.
Its always best to have healthy and nutritious food at home than having the street food as you would never know which sort of oil or water is been used to prepare the dish. A healthy dish for growing children as it has lots of vegetable combined with butter. Hence do prepare this at home and keep you family fit and healthy. Happy cooking!