Pav bhaji

    50 min

    This is a very popular recipe in India, liked by almost everyone. You may have to go to a nearby Indian shop to get the 'Pav Bhaji Masala' that is the special spice to bring the flavour. Pav is actually the buns. Bhaji is the vegetables cooked with spice.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chillies
    • 150g chopped onions
    • 2 teaspoons grated fresh root ginger
    • 1/2 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 200g cauliflower, finely chopped
    • 100g chopped cabbage
    • 150g garden peas
    • 100g grated carrots
    • 4 potatoes, boiled and mashed
    • 3 tablespoons pav bhaji masala
    • salt to taste
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 8 (5cm square) bread rolls
    • 1/2 tablespoon butter
    • 4 tablespoons finely chopped onion
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chillies
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Saute garlic and green chilli for 30 seconds, then stir in onions and ginger. Cook until onions are brown. Add tomatoes, and cook until pasty. Stir in cauliflower, cabbage, peas, carrots and potatoes. Season with pav bhaji masala. Cover, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, and stir in lemon juice.
    2. Toast the rolls, and spread lightly with butter. Serve garnished with chopped onion, green chilli and coriander.

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    Fab. Just back from Maharashtra where this was a regular. Don't think I used as much veg as you suggest, it was pretty thick, I kept adding a bit of water to keep the consistency smooth. Will be making again soon.  -  20 Feb 2015


    i love it  -  13 Oct 2014


    Not like the ones you get on streets of India, so I asked my Indian friend and she had some suggestions: Substitute cabbage with green beans. Boil carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, peas and green beans beforehand. Saute onions and garlic in butter/vegan butter. Add tomatoes/puree and spice and stir for another minute or 2. Add spice (PB masala) ginger/chillies and freshly chopped cilantro (1 cup) and stir for another minute. Add all pre-cooked, lightly mashed veggies, salt, and lemon juice. Cook on lowest heat for about 10 minutes, check seasoning and add lemon juice, spice, and salt according to taste. Cook on lowest heat for 20 more minutes to allow the flavors to sink in. Viola! Tasted pretty close to what I had on the streets of India!  -  04 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)