Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pav Bhaji

Indian food has variety of chaat items.Pav bhaji being my hubby's favorite one.When ever we got ot a chaat shop he ends up ordering pav bhaji.Its fun watching the way this pav bhaji is being prepared.He prepares it so fast & makes it looks so simple.Mixes the ready vegetables with enormous dollops of butter.Not to mention they are my favorite too.

With the bhaji masala readily available it can be made in minutes at home.
This is how i made my homemade pav bhaji


1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 3-4 cups)
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 tbsp oil
1 green bell pepper, minced

1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chili powder or red chili paste
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
salt to taste
2-3 cups tomato puree
1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen)...optional
1 tbsp Everest pav-bhaji masala (or more to taste)

1 tbsp butter
Boil the cauliflower and potatoes till tender and set aside. Heat oil in a deep saucepan and saute the pepper. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute some more. Add turmeric powder, chili powder and salt to taste. Saute for a few seconds. Add tomato puree, peas, boiled potatoes and cauliflower, pav-bhaji masala and butter. Keep sauteing and mashing it together till it is a smooth mixture, adding water as required (you can use a potato masher to help you along). Be aware that the mixture can spurt up as it boils, so keep a lid on it while you are not actively stirring it. Simmer for 20-25 minutes to really get the flavors to meld together. Adjust for salt.

Serve with:
1. More pats of butter (as much as you can dare,be generous now),
2. Finely sliced/ chopped onions, minced cilantro and wedges of lemon.

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