Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pav Bhaji | Pav Bhaji Masala | Home made Pav Bhaji Masala

Pav Bhaji Masala is the famous street food in India, especially in North India.I never knew about pav bhaji since i had moved to chennai for my work. Initially i thought that the combination of bread with indian masala is weird,all that thoughts were gone, when i first tasted this. The slight sweetness from the bread goes very well with the masala, surely it's my kind of food.

So after marriage, i frequently make this,at least twice in a month. One day, during my parent visit to our home, i had made this for dinner. To my surprise, my appa liked it very much even though he doesn't like any most of the famous north indian dishes like Naan, roti or any kind of  paneer dishes, after that he keep on insisting me to make this whenever he visits me or me visits them.
There are lot of methods available to make this, some preferred to grate the veggies and saute till it becomes mushy. But i chose the easy pressure cooker method,i never tried any other way, so couldn't say which way is better. Coming to veggies, i refer to add all the vegetable mentioned below,that way it's taste much better.This is not the authentic way of preparing pav bhaji,it's my way of preparing pav bhaji easily,healthy and tasty. It can be served as Lunch, Evening Tiffin or as Dinner.

Pav Bhaji Masala

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes : 4 or 5 
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Potato - 2
Carrot - 1
Peas - 1/4 cup
Cauliflower florets - 1/2 cup
Capsicum - 1
Cabbage - 1/2 cup(sliced)
Tomato - 2 
Beetroot - 1(small)
Red chili powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Pav Bhaji Masala/Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Butter - 2 tbsp
Onion  & lemon - for serving
Butter - 1 tsp(serving) 

Wash and cut all the vegetables(Potato,Carrot,Peas,Cauliflower, Capsicum,Cabbage,Beetroot) & tomato in to small pieces.Put all the vegetables & tomato into the pressure cooker with enough water(1 cup approx),put on lid and weight and cook for 3 whistle or until all the veggies are cooked softly.Once the pressure from the cooker automatically released, open the lid, remove the vegetable stock from the vegetables(don't discard it, gonna use it later).Mash the vegetables with masher well.Now keep it in flame & add the vegetable stock(if needed add more water) and all the spices(turmeric,red chili,coriander, garam masala powder).Add enough salt and mix well. Bring the masala to boil and add the butter 1/2 tbsp at a time, once it melts and incorporate with masala, add another 1/2 tbsp.Same way add all the butter.Once all the butter is incorporated,keep the flame in medium and cook for 8-10 mins,after that the masala becomes thick , finally garnish with coriander leaves & switch off the flame.Serve it along with butter toasted pav bread ,onions & lemon wedges or cucumber.
  • Usually i use all the vegetables mentioned here.
  • If you're not having all vegetables , still you can make it with the available vegetables in your pantry.Potatoes, peas & capsicum are the must.
  • I love to add beetroot especially for the color.Add more,if you want bright red color.
  • It's bit difficult to mash the beetroot with masher even after cooking too,instead you can pulse the beetroot alone once and add with remaining veggies.
  • Mash the veggies as per your preference texture.
  • I used garam masala powder here.
  • Instead of butter, you can use oil too, but butter gives richness to the masala & i highly recommend it.

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