Monday, July 30, 2012

Street Food - Pav Bhaji

Street food for dinner.  At home.  When you tire of the usual rice-rasam-curry kind of meal, this is one dish that is fun to make and yum to eat.  Ideally you should have the pav - the Indian soft bun - or use any kind of bread as a substitute.  And a nice yummy curry.  Eat it hot.  And if you do not mind the calories eat it a little greasy.  It adds to the taste.  The one I had was not as greasy as I would have liked it.  But my sous-chef - La - the younger one - ensured that it was crisp and nice without the extra butter.  And she is great at chopping veggies finely. So my job in the kitchen got easier.

The ingredients are approximate -

Ingredients: (can serve 4)

Pav - 2 packs - these were very light pavs and so could be cut horizontally and we had double per pack
Butter - any amount - preferably salted butter - Amul :-)

Potatos boiled- 3 medium -

Peel and pressure cook the other veggies in a little extra water - which can be drained and the stock can be used later
(Carrots - 2 /  Peas - 1/4 cup ) -  you can use other veggies like cauliflower, beans too

Capsicum - 1 finely diced
Onion - 2 large
Coriander - for garnishing
Lime - slice wedges
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilie powder - 2 tsp or more as per spiciness
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tsp
Pav bhaji masala - 1-2 tbsp ( or use any other masala that you have chole masala, chicken masala, sabji masala)
Tomato  pu·rée  - 5-6 tbsps
Oil - 2 tbsp

Keep a vegetable masher ready.

In a wok add oil.
Add one sliced onion
And the ginger - garlic paste
Then the diced capsicum.  Sau·té
And chopped boiled veggies - and keep mashing it along
Add the tomato pu·rée  
And the powders.  
At this stage taste and ensure the curry it stangy, spicy and tasty!
Keep mashing all the time.  And also keep the curry simmering.
The consistency should be kind of semi-solid so you may need to add stock/water as you go along.

On a pan put in some butter and place the pav and then toast them.  

Serve hot pav with hot curry with a sprinkling of diced onion and coriander and a blob of butter and with wedges of lime that is useful if you go a little wild with the spice.


  1. i am a great fan of paav bhaji.. makes me hungry now :)

  2. mmm very tempting..looks mouthwatering!!!

  3. Hi Radha ,

    Bav bhaji looks AAAwesome!!!

    Keep on Dear...

  4. I am a fan of pavbhaji with a generous helping of butter

  5. In my house my hubby makes it . He make delicious one. This one looks perfect and delicious.

  6. Yummy preparation Radha! Pav Bhaji looks so inviting..

  7. Very tempting n inviting

    Event: Dush name starts with N

  8. My favourite street food..looking nice and lovely

  9. YUMMY!! I like to make Pav bhaji for dinner too. You are right, the more butter, the tastier it is.

  10. I love pav bhaji. your recipe sounds yumm

  11. one of my favorite street food.

  12. Hi...great dish...looks tempting..I invite you to participate in weekly review contest!!

  13. wonderful and delciious bhaji, love all these street foods :)

  14. Looks yum

  15. The king of street foods,love it :)

  16. Love pav bhaji, looks so tempting..

  17. A favourite of mine, that plate looks so inviting!


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