Pav Bhaji is a favorite fast food dish in India. Pav is buns and bhaji is the mixed spicy vegetables. This is a very popular dish with roadside vendors.
Recipe will serve 4
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 cups chopped cauliflower
- 1/2 cup chopped green beans
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 green chilies chopped
- 2 tablespoon finely sliced ginger
- 3 medium chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon fennel seed powder (saunf)
- 2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
- 6 bread buns
- 1 medium chopped tomatoes
- Few pieces of thinly sliced lemon
- Boil all the vegetables potatoes, cauliflower, beans, peas, and beans in about 1 ½ cup of water. Don’t add too much water, just enough to cook.
- After the vegetables are soft and tender, drain the excess water and mash them coarsely with a fork or potato masher.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Add tomatoes, green chilies, cilantro, and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes until pasty.
- Next add the red chili powder, fennel seed and turmeric, mix it well.
- Add mashed vegetables.
- Using a spatula, simultaneously mash and stir all the vegetables for 5 minutes.
- Add salt and two tablespoons of ghee, stir-fry for another minute.
- Add about ¼ cup of water or as needed, and let it cook for a minute.
- Turn off the heat.
- Add garam masala, and lemon juice, mix it well
- Toast the halves bun over a skillet using butter over medium heat until buns are golden brown from both sides.
- Serve toasted buns with bhaji (mixed vegetables), garnish with chopped tomatoes and sliced lemon.
- You can use almost any vegetables to make the bhaji, but keep the potato base. You can also try vegetables such as cabbage, bell pepper, and eggplant.
- If you don’t eat potatoes, use green bananas for the base.
- For vegan replace the butter with oil.