Pav Bhaji- thick buttery vegetable curry served with bread rolls

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After almost a month of strict diet, I decided to treat myself with a little something. And what’s better than street food for it! So, the meal I tried this week tops the list of a majority of people in my country- Pav Bhaji. The rich buttery curry served with bread roll buns is a meal to die for. Also, it’s really not that hard to make- there are ready to use pav bhaji masalas available in the market as well. Usually, I make use of these masalas but I made it from scratch this time, it tastes almost the same as the readymade ones. And let me tell you one thing, you simply can’t (and must not!) try to cut calorie count from it- addind extra butter is a must for this dish! So here’s how you can make one of the most loved street foods of India (sorry for the bad presentation, I couldn’t see the butter melt)  –

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Pav- 4
Potatoes-4(boiled and mashed)
Carrots-1 (blanched)
Cauliflower florets-1/2 cup (blanched)
Garlic-3/4 cloves (chopped)
Green chili -1/2 tbsp (chopped)
Salt- as per taste
Butter-3/4 tbsp
Turmeric powder -1/2 tbsp
Pav bhaji masala -3-4 tbsp
Comin seeds -1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida -1/4 tbsp
For Masala-

Cumin seeds- 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp
Black peppercorn- 1/2 tsp
Cloves- 1-2
Cinnamon-1 stick
Star Anise- 1
How to make-

For Masala-

Roast all these whole spices in a pan for 5 minutes on medium flame and grind it to a fine powder.

For Bhaji-

  1. Heat butter in a pan and add onions to it. When it turns translucent, add garlic to it.
  2. When the garlic starts changing color, add tomato puree and masala and cook till the oil leaves out.
  3. Add all the veggies to it and mash them once they turn softer.
  4. Grease the pav with butter and heat on a tava.
  5. Top the bhaji with butter and serve with pav and onion rings.


If you have ready-made Pav Bhaji Masala with you, you can use that and skip the step to prepare masala.


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