Pav Bhaji : Bombay street food

Having street food is a different experience than eating out at a restaurant. I have spent four wonderful years of my life in Mumbai and believe me, you cannot live there and not love the street food variety the city offers.

I loved evenings at chopatti, enjoying spicy bhaji with warm buttery pav, watching the sun set in sea. Oh it's a must have experience if you ever get a chance to visit Mumbai.

Another good thing about Pav Bhaji is that it is a quick fix recipe that can be served as a snack as well as a complete meal. The recipe I am sharing here needs Pav Bhaji masala, it's easily available at any Indian grocery store. I have used MDH but you can go for any brand you prefer.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • Cauliflower: 2 big bunch of florets (roughly 2 cups)
  • Potato: 1
  • Green Peas: 1/2 cup
  • Tomato: 2 (pureed)
  • Onion: 1 small (finely chopped)
  • Capsicum: 1/2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste: 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice: 1 tsp
  • Pav Bhaji masala: 2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder: 1 1/2 tsp
  • Oil/ Butter: 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Boil cauliflower, potato and green peas. Mash them thoroughly.
  • Heat oil/butter in a pan.Add ginger garlic paste and cook for few seconds.
  • Add onion and capsicum. Cook till onions turn golden.
  • Add red chilly powder and mix well. Cook for few seconds and then add tomato puree.
  • Let it cook till oil starts to separate. Now add Pav bhaji masala and cook for about a minute. If required add a tsp of water.
  • Now add the boiled vegetables and salt. Mix them well. 
  • Let it simmer for about 10 minutes. This helps in blending the taste. Stir occasionally and add water if it turns too dry.
  • Add lemon juice, stir again and serve hot with butter roasted pav and chopped onion.
  • You may add a dollop of butter.  
Till my next post,
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