Paav Bhaji

A popular and much loved food all over India, Paav Bhaaji is a speciality of Western India. This is a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy & spices, served with pav that is toasted with butter. Paav means "a small bun", while Bhaaji means "vegetable".

8 paavs (small squares of white bread, about 4" x 5" size)
Butter: 4 tbsp
For Bhaji:
Mixed vegetables: beans, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, etc.), finely chopped 3-4 cups
Potatoes, boiled & mashed: 1 & 1/2 cups
Carrots, finely chopped: 1/2 cup
Green Beans, finely chopped: 1/2 cup
Cauliflower, finely chopped: 1 cup
Capsicum, finely chopped: 1/2 cup
Peas, shelled: 1/2 cup
Onions, finely chopped: 1 cup
Tomatoes, finely chopped: 2 cups
Ginger & garlic paste: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1/2 - 1 tsp
Paav bhaji masala: 2 tbsp
Buter: 4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 lemon (to taste)
To Garnish:
Onion, finely chopped: 1 large
Coriander, finely chopped: 1 - 2 tbsp
Lemon wedges
Boil water in a pressure cooker, add the mixed vegetables and a little salt and pressure cook the mixed vegetables (except capsicum, onions & tomatoes) till tender and soft. Drain out water and keep aside.
Heat a large & heavy-bottomed pan and melt butter on medium flame. Add chopped onions, saute a little, add capsicums and saute for 2 more mins.
Add add ginger-garlice paste and fry till onion is translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes, mix and cook till oil separates.
Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, paav bhaji masala & salt, mix well and cook for 2-3 mins. Add the boiled vegetables, 1/2 cup water, mix with the masala and bring to a boil.
Simmer till gravy is thick, continuously stir and mash thoroughly to a course texture using a potato masher / slotted spoon.
Add a table spoon of butter, mix and cook for a 2-3 more mins, Turn off the fire, add lemon juice, stir and mix well. Garnish with chopped onions, coriander, lemon wedges and a block of butter.
To serve, slit the paavs / buns half horizontally (leaving one edge attached) and apply butter. Place the buns open & face down on the heated tawa / griddle till the surface is golden and crisp. Flip and repeat on other side.
Serve the paavs with the hot & sizzing bhaji, garnished with finely chopped onion and lemon wedges.
Paav Bhaji is a wholesome meal with a combination of vegetables and bread. Paav Bhaaji is also a hot favorite Indian street food and you will find scores of vendors in streets all over Mumbai stirring up the dish on huge sizzling pans.

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