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Pav Bhaji

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Authentic Pav Bhaji Recipe Video
  Pav 8 (bun)
  Capsicum 1 Large
  Potatoes 2 Large
  Peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cauliflower 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Onions 2 Large
  Tomatoes 3 Large
  Red chili powder 2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
  Pav bhaji masala 2 Tablespoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Butter 50 Gram
  Ginger garlic paste 2 Tablespoon
  Lemon 2
  Coriander leaves 4
  Fenugreek 4

The recipe given here is more in-house cooking friendly whereas the video is a little different and depicts the way Pav Bhaji is made in stalls.

Clean and cut the vegetables. Pressure cook them (except tomatoes). Peel the potatoes. Drain the vegetables and keep aside.

Finely chop the onions and tomatoes.

Heat a pan. Add oil and heat till smoky. Add asafetida (optional) and stir. Add chopped onion and sauté until it turns light golden brown. Then add ginger-garlic paste. Fry for a while, then add tomatoes and cook till they become tender.
Sprinkle turmeric powder and stir. Add red chilly powder, salt and pav-bhaji masala and cook till the mixture acquires a rich, roasted colour.

Now add all the vegetables and start mashing. Keep mashing and stirring till the mixture becomes an inconsistent paste. Add chopped coriander leaves and squeeze one lemon. Again, mix and mash. Once the mixture becomes a mush and no ingredients are recognizable, add fenugreek leaves and mix well. The bhaji is ready.
(Important : You must keep mashing the vegetables all the while. Keep adding water from time to time to allow the mixture to cook and to prevent it from sticking to the pan)

Slit the pavs/buns horizontally. Heat 1 tbsp of butter. Add finely chopped coriander leaves, a pinch of red chilly powder and 1 tsp of pav bhaji masala. Saute for 15-20 secs. Roast the horizontally slit pavs/buns (8 in no.) in the pan so that they soak the butter and masala and become soft.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onion and a lemon wedge. Add a blob of butter to the bhaji.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Vegan, Vegetarian
Everyday, Party, Quick
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
This video shows how "Pav Bhaji", a very popular street food in India, is made. It has been shot at midnight at one of the food stalls (called "Chandan Laxmi Pav Bhaji and Fast Food") at Juhu Chowpatty Beach (the most famous among places selling Pav Bhaji) in Mumbai, India. Juhu is a suburb in Mumbai famous for its beach, the food stalls, Prithvi Theatre and ISKCon temple and also because it is home to some of the biggest Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The video has no actual footage of the beach or the sea since it was dark and was raining heavily...had to save my camera! This is a first in a series of videos on Juhu which is a hot favourite destination with every tourist visiting Mumbai.

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Pav Bhaji Recipe