From the streets of Mumbai, I bring you a popular and famous lip-smacking, and delicious snack – Pav Bhaji Recipe. Where pavmeans bread and bhaji means a spicy blend of vegetables cooked in tomato based gravy and later flavored with aromatic spices. These two (Pav+bhaji) are paired and served together as one meal, it’s quite filling and everyone’s favorite. If you are from India or have been to Mumbai, you can easily associate to this dish. In the evening hours, air is filled with the aroma of Mumbai street food – pav bhaji, vada pav and many more.
My recipe is divided in two step- first is preparing and mashing the veggies and second step is giving these mashed veggies a tadka (tempering) and finally flavoring it with the main ingredient – Pav bhaji masala. The key to a perfect bhaji is to keep mashing the veggies all along the recipe. I have used whatever veggies I had on hand, but you can choose to add veggies of your choice. Save the water in which you are boiling your veggies, I have used that water throughout my recipe. Adjust pav bhaji masala as per one’s taste. Adding red chili powder or chopped green chilies is optional. If you like garlic then add it while preparing the tadka. Looking for a much healthier bhaji then skip butter and cook the whole recipe in oil.
Once the bahji is ready, top it with chopped cilantro leaves, chopped onions and some lemon juice and serve hot with pavs. YUMM!!