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May 6, 2009


I attempted Pavbhaji for the first time yesterday and it was a super hitThumbs-up.It came out very well.I took this recipe from a cooking manual and made some changes according to our tastebuds.
pav bhaji
  • 6 pavs (squarish soft buns )
  • Butter to toast.
For Bhaji :
  • 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (beans, carrots, cauliflower, potato, beans )
  • 1/2 cup shelled peas
To saute:
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 onions chopped fine 
  • 2 tomatoes chopped fine
  • 1 capsicum chopped fine 
  • 1 green chilly chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp. each ginger grated, garlic crushed ( G&G paste)
  • 2 tsp. pavbhaji masala (i used MDH masala)
  • 1/2 – 1  tsp. chilli powder (adjust)
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar  (i added a pinch)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water (use according to the thickness of the bhaji)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon.
To Garnish :
  • 1 tbsp. coriander chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • small pieces of lemon 
Method  of preparation:
For bhaji:
  • Pressure cook mixed vegetables and peas till well done. 
  • Mash them coarsely using a ladle after draining the water.
  • Heat butter in a pan. Add  crushed ginger-garlic, capsicum, onion, tomatoes. 
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes till very soft and mushy. Add pavbhaji masala, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, sugar and cooked vegetables. fry further 2-3 minutes.
  • Bring to boil. Simmer till gravy is thick, stirring and mashing pieces with masala, in between. 
  • Add lemon juice, stir. 
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
     For Pavs :
  • Slit pavs horizontally leaving one edge attached. (To open like a book).
  • Apply butter (as desired) and roast open on a tawa till hot and soft with the surface crisp on both sides.
     Serve hot with bhaji, a piece of lemon and chopped onion.
A bun is a small, usually sweet bread. Commonly they are hand-sized or smaller, domed in shape with a flat bottom. It can also mean a savory bread roll similar to a bap or barmcake.
Basic buns are usually made using flour, sugar, eggs, yeast and butter.
"Bun" can also refer to a kind of filled dumpling, such as Chinese baozi.
In West Yorkshire and certain parts of Northern England, cupcakes are referred to as buns.
As yeast is used in preparing buns, i wish to mention some facts about yeast.Do read it !!
Yeasts are eukaryotic microorganisms classified in the kingdom Fungi, with about 1,500 species currently described; they dominate fungal diversity in the oceans. Most reproduce asexually by budding, although a few do so by binary fission. Yeasts are unicellular, although some species with yeast forms may become multicellular through the formation of a string of connected budding cells known as pseudohyphae, or false hyphae as seen in most molds. Yeast size can vary greatly depending on the species, typically measuring 3–4 µm in diameter, although some yeasts can reach over 40 µm.
The yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used in baking and fermenting alcoholic beverages for thousands of years. It is also extremely important as a model organism in modern cell biology research, and is the most thoroughly researched eukaryotic microorganism. Researchers have used it to gather information into the biology of the eukaryotic cell and ultimately human biology. Other species of yeast, such as Candida albicans, are opportunistic pathogens and can cause infection in humans. Yeasts have recently been used to generate electricity in microbial fuel cells, and produce ethanol for the biofuel industry.

The useful physiological properties of yeast have led to their use in the field of biotechnology. Fermentation of sugars by yeast is the oldest and largest application of this technology. Many types of yeasts are used for making many foods: Baker's yeast in bread production, brewer's yeast in beer fermentation, yeast in wine fermentation and for xylitol production. Yeasts are also one of the most widely used model organisms for genetics and cell biology.

Nutritional supplements
Yeast is used in nutritional supplements popular with vegans and the health conscious, where it is often referred to as "nutritional yeast". It is a deactivated yeast, usually Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is an excellent source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, whose functions are related to metabolism as well as other minerals and cofactors required for growth. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12, which is produced separately from bacteria. Nutritional yeast, though it has a similar appearance to brewer's yeast, is very different and has a very different taste.
Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy, creamy flavor which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of Parmesan cheese. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as putting it into scrambled eggs. It comes in the form of flakes, or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. In Australia it is sometimes sold as "savory yeast flakes". Though "nutritional yeast" usually refers to commercial products, inadequately fed prisoners have used "home-grown" yeast to prevent vitamin deficiency.


  1. pav bhaji is my fav too..nice colour gal..

  2. Pav bhaji looks very delicious & tempting.

  3. Bhaji looks creamy and has a lovely color. Why don't you send this to pallavi's sunday snacks-Chaats event.

  4. looks so deliciious..just like the chaat corners..yumm..

  5. Looks so good! Have never tried making it .. just step out when feel like having this. :-)

  6. Pav Bhaji looks delicious..i want some right now :)

  7. My fave snack to have, I even make it for dinner! Looks delicious! :)

  8. Nice photos Chitra...I love this as evening dinner, my favorite. Thanks for sharing the facts about yeast. I used to wonder if yeast is good for health. Now I can use them without all the guilt :)

  9. super, super, super!! Great pic.. feel like eating it now!

  10. I love Pav bhaji and yours look delicious! Feel like grabbing it right out of the pic!

  11. Yum my favourite for snack or lunch or dinner:-). Looks yummmm

  12. I want to grab that plate from the last pic, looks so temptinly delicous.

  13. wow this looks fantastic!!

  14. Hi Chitra,
    Ur blog looks lovely :)
    Paav baaji looks super yummy, can have it at any time of the day :) very filling and tasty.nice pics.

  15. This is one of my favorite. Very yummy.

  16. Chitra, pav bhajji looks amzing and very tempting... I love this, my all time fav...

  17. Yummy pav chitra..your template is looking nice..

  18. Anytime am ready to have pav bhaji, makes me hungry!

  19. pav bhaji is one of my favorite street foods. looks delicious, Chitra!

  20. This reminds my college days. We often have this in gangotri.

  21. looks good, love your clinic box!, west yorkshire - caught my eye as a Brit!

  22. Looks delicious...I used to stuff myself with this in Mumbai.

  23. Good work Chitra!
    ur new template looks cool.

  24. Pav bhaji in first attempt looks perfect, just like the one we get in Chennai. yummy.

  25. wow..pav bhaji looks perfect..

  26. lovely bhaji, looks yummy........, love it always....., i do it quite often as its childrens favourite dish !!, good for u that u did it.....ur a great cook dear......

  27. Oh yummm Chitra..you gave me some hard hunger pangs now..:P..n the new lay out is pretty neat..:)

  28. The pavs look so good but the bhaji looks like it would be delicious on rice, too!

  29. yummy chitra.. Good template change!

  30. Yummy pav bhaji... Looks tempting!


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