Pav bhaji is a worldwide popular street food originated from Mumbai, India.I prepared it for the first time yesterday and it was a super hit.It came out very well.I took this recipe from a cooking manual and made some changes by watching Mumbai pavbhaji YouTube videos.Sendhil & Raksha loved it a lot and told me to make the same next day too for dinner.It was awesome in taste when had with chopped raw onions.Its a great evening snack recipe for kids.Even bachelors can try this as it has no grinding jobs.I am sure,the smell of this pavbhaji masala makes everyone crave for it.Do try this for ur kids & Husband after they are back home.U will get appraisals for sure .Ok,lets see how to make this Mumbai special pav bhaji at home easily .
Mumbai special Pav bhaji recipe
Mumbai famous street food - Pav bhaji recipe
Prep time:10 Minutes
Cook time:20 Minutes
Total time:30 Minutes
INGREDIENTS 1 cup - 200ml
1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (carrot,cauliflower,beans(optional) )
2 nos - medium sized Potatoes
1/4 cup green peas
2 tbsp butter
2 big onions chopped fine
2 tomatoes chopped fine
1/2 capsicum chopped fine
1 small green chilli chopped finely
1 tsp - G&G paste
2-3 tsp - Pavbhaji masala (I used MDH masala)
1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder (adjust)
1/4 tsp- turmeric powder
1/4 tsp - sugar
Kasoori methi – a pinch (optional)
Salt to taste
1 cup water or vegetable broth (use according to the thickness of the bhaji)
juice of 1/2 lemon.
1 tbsp coriander chopped
1 onion chopped
small pieces of lemon
6 pavs (squarish soft buns )
Butter to toast.
Wash and chop the vegetables.Pressure cook mixed vegetables and peas till well mashed for 4-5 whistles. Mash them well using a ladle/masher or hands after draining the water. Reserve the broth/vegetable water.
Heat butter in a pan.Add ginger-garlic paste,finely chopped capsicum,onion,chilli & tomatoes.
Fry for 2-3 minutes till tomato turns mushy. Add pavbhaji masala, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, sugar and cooked vegetables.Fry further 2-3 minutes.(for less spice skip chilli & use 1/2 tsp chilli pwd)
Add the reserved vegetable broth & bring to boil.Simmer till gravy is thick, stirring and mashing the masala,in between.Lastly add crushed kasoori methi,lemon juice,stir & switch off the flame immediately.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Slit pavs horizontally leaving one edge attached. (like an open book).
Apply butter (as desired) and roast open on a tawa till hot and soft with the surface crisp on open side.
Serve hot with bhaji, a wedge of lemon and chopped onions.
Adjust the quantity of spices as per ur taste buds.
U must add pavbhaji masala to get the real taste.Else u can add garam masala powder & little aamchoor powder but u have to compromise with the taste.
Add finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.
Mashing the vegetable well is the key here to resemble mumbai street style pavbhaji.
Adding carrot & beans is optional.U can use cauliflower,potatoes & peas alone.