I was actually to write a recipe of home made pav. Yes, yesterday I made pav [soft bread or buns] at home for the first time. The house filled with aroma reminded me of bakeries serving freshly baked ladi pav [Slab of soft buns]. You can see the results in the below pic, don't they resemble the ladi pav ?
I was happy with the results, but a thought came up,,, this was the first attempt and there was still a room to improvise myself. So I need to hold back posting its recipe at this time. I should try it few more times, experiment the same recipe by replacing it with wheat flour [if its successful than that would be a healthy option instead of maida].
Now that these pav were ready, naturally the menu on demand at home was for its bhaji. While preparing bhaji thought why not post the recipe of this bhaji itself, after all isn't that an evergreen fast food from Mumbai? Pavbhaji is now famous all over India and liked by foreigners too around the world. Mixed vegetables [called as bhaji in marathi] are mashed and cooked with spices to be served with lightly toasted pav, which means soft bread. This is not only delicious but also nutritious and the easy way to get kids eat their veggies. You can read about the origin of this dish from here
I have made this bhaji countless times following SK and TD recipes. This time followed the instructions as shown in the video here. I usually do it in a deep pan but after seeing it being made on big iron griddle in the video, did it on tawa/ dosa griddle as seen in below pic :P. The aroma and superb taste of this dish prepared on a tawa is sure to linger.
3 large sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
1 capsicum, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 cup green peas [ I used frozen ones], blanched
1/2 cup cauliflower, florets, washed, cleaned and blanched
1 tbsp grated ginger garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp pav bhaji powder
2 tbsp butter
salt to taste
2-3 tbsp coriander leaves
For the tadka
1 tbsp butter
2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp grated ginger garlic
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp pav bhaji masala powder
A pinch of turmeric powder
1 tsp crushed dry kasuri methi powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp coriander leaves
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tomato paste [instead of food color]
Finely chopped onion
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Heat a tbsp of butter on the griddle. Once hot, place finely chopped capsicums on it. Saute it for 30 secs now sprinkle some water to soften them a little. Add chopped tomatoes, boiled potatoes mashed with hand, blanched green peas and cauliflower florets. Stir them nicely and allow them to cook for a minute. Next add chili powder, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and stir it well. Add some water to make the veggies tender and prevent them sticking to the griddle. Add remaining butter and stir for a while. Now mash the veggies with the help of masher. Add more water bring it to boil. Sprinkle pav bhaji masala powder, salt as per taste and coriander leaves and cook it until the bhaji thickens. Once the bhaji gets done shift it in another vessel/ pan.