Weekend Gluttony – Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji

Weekends always call for something a little different from the weekly cooking. A meal that you can pig out on and then sleep off during your afternoon nap. And having a ‘picky – eater’ in the family does not make things easier. Today I opened the fridge and found all bits and pieces of vegetables that were just perfect for making Pav- Bhaji. An effective way to clear out the fridge and make my husband eat his vegetables too! Though to be honest, the milky- white ” Pav ” does cancel out about 80% of the health benefits of the veggie – rich ” Bhaji ” . Ideally, the pav can be replaced with whole-wheat bread if the ones who have to eat it agree.

I took the easy way out and opted for store – bought pav, but if you plan before hand, you can bake your own bread at home.

Ingredients for Bhaji :

Ingredients for the bhaji
Ingredients for the bhaji

Butter – 2 tablespoonfuls

Garlic cloves – 6

Green chilli – 1

Red Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Onions (diced) – 2

Capsicum ( diced) – 1

Tomatoes (diced) – 2 ( large)

Cabbage ( shredded) – 1 cup

Peas ( boiled) – 1 cup

Potatoes ( boiled and mashed) – 5

Salt

MDH Pavbhaji masala – 4 small spoonfuls

Turmeric -a pinch

Prep :

Grind the garlic, green chilli and red chilli powder into a paste.

Add garlic-green & red chilli paste to the butter, brown ; Add onions
Add garlic-green & red chilli paste to the butter, brown ; Add onions

Add butter to a pan and add the garlic-red and green chilli paste.

Once it browns add the diced onion and let them cook till translucent and a little bit brown.

Add capsicum, cook till half -done; Add tomatoes
Add capsicum, cook till half -done; Add tomatoes

Add the diced capsicum and cook till it is half cooked. Add the chopped tomatoes.

Add turmeric, pavbhaji masala & salt
Add turmeric, pavbhaji masala & salt

Add a pinch of turmeric, the Pavbhaji masala and salt. I use ‘MDH’ because that is one brand my mother has used in the house since I was a kid and I trust it completely to get just the correct taste.

Add the shredded cabbage, boiled peas and boiled potatoes
Add the shredded cabbage, boiled peas and boiled potatoes

Add the shredded cabbage, the boiled peas and the boiled and mashed potatoes.

Add water if too thick
Add water if too thick

Cook on a low flame for about five minutes. Add water if it seems too thick.

To serve, warm the pav – bread on a skillet with butter. Serve hot with slices of lemon.

Bhaji and buttered pav
Bhaji and buttered pav

Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Gluttony – Pav Bhaji

  1. Yum…..I love Pav Bhaji. I love and miss Bombay street food. We’ve driven some crazy distances to source it here but…..it’s not the same. Hee, hee…..the dust & sweat adds something, I guess. 😉

    As you are a hands-on cook (and a really good one), you might like this homemade masala – I’ve made it….superb + so easy to make.

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