Holi Special – Mumbai Pav Bhaji

Hello My friends,

First of all let me all wish you a belated happy holi. Hope you had lots of fun this week and you celebrated this day with immense frolic. I also had a great holi with my friends here and we did celebrate a dry and a simple colour festival. I was initially planning to post out a dessert recipe for Holi but since I did not make any sweetdish ( due to the busy weekday schedule), I would share the most loved recipe of western part of India – Pav Bhaji. I did make this and it turned out super flavorful.

Pav bhaji has many variations in ingredients and garnishes, but is essentially a spiced mixture of mashed vegetables in a thick gravy, usually cooked on a flat griddle and served hot with a soft white bread roll a.k.a Pav. The dish originated in the 1850s as a fast lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Mumbai. Pav bhaji was later served at restaurants throughout the city. Pav bhaji is now offered at outlets from simple hand carts to formal restaurants in India and abroad.

Green peas in pav bhaji is very good for those who want to lose some weight. It is a good source of protein and fiber that can prevent constipation. Besides, cauliflower that is low in carbohydrate is also good for losing weight. Other ingredients in pav bhaji are also low in calories. You can make a better and healthier version of bhaji by replacing the potatoes with bottle guard and adding generous amount of chopped beetrot which gives a brilliant red color to the dish and makes it taste even better.

Without much ado, let me start sharing the recipe –

Preparation Time : 20 minutes, Cooking Time : 25-30 minutes, Calories- 232 calories/plate.

Ingredients :

  1. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  2. Cumin seeds – 1 small teaspoon
  3. Onions – 2 large finely chopped
  4. Garlic – 3 to 4 pods
  5. Tomatoes – 2 large finely chopped
  6. Bell Peppers – 2 finely chopped.
  7. Carrots – 3 chopped
  8. Cauliflower – 1 large diced
  9. Potatoes – 4 to 5 large
  10. Green beans – 100-150 gms chopped
  11. Green Peas – 1 cup
  12. Salt – As per taste
  13. Turmeric Powder – 1 tablespoon
  14. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  15. Coriander Powder – 2 tablespoons
  16. Garam Masala Powder -1 tablespoon
  17. Pav Bhaji Masala – 2 large tablespoons
  18. Coriander leaves – To Garnish
  19. Lemon wedges – To Garnish
  20. Butter

Directions :

  1. In a pressure cooker, add the potatoes with water. Add little salt and bring it to boil for 4 -5 whistles on a medium flame
  2. In another pressure cooker, parallely add all the veggies – Green beans, green peas, carrots, cauliflower. You can also add beetroots and/or bottle guard and boil it with water and salt for 4 -5 whistles on a high flame.
  3. In a cooking pan, add oil and allow it to heat for sometime. Once heated, add in the cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.
  4. Now, add in the onions and garlic and fry for 4 to 5 minutes until it is golden brown.
  5. Now, add in the tomatoes and bell peppers and fry for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the salt and turmeric to this mixture. Close the lid of the pan and cook until the mixture gets soft and mushy.
  7. Parallely, peel of the skin of the boiled potatoes, mash it with a potato masher and keep it aside.
  8. Also, throw out all the water from the green boiled veggies and add the veggies to the onions and tomatoes mixture.
  9. Add other spices like Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder and Garam Masala powder. Close the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Make sure the green boiled veggies are evenly mixed with the onions,tomatoes and spices. You can also use the potato masher to mash the veggies in the same pan. The more mashed the veggies are, the more flavorful it is.
  11. Now, is the time to add the mashed potatoes and mix it well along with other veggies. Add salt at this time if needed.
  12. Add in the Pav bhaji masala now and mix it along. Add little water to the bhaji and cook for 10 minutes.
  13. After 10 minutes, add butter on the top. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.
  14. Bhaji is now ready to be served.

Toast the pav ( Wheat Breads) in butter and enjoy it thoroughly with bhaji !!!!

Please do try this recipe at home and do let me know in the comments section below on how did you like it. I am sure you will love the taste as I did 🙂

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