Today, I want to share a traditional family recipe that I have absolutely loved since I was a child. I grew up in a city called Ahmedabad which is located in Gujarat, India. Dining, whether it is street food or restaurants, is very popular. In fact, restaurants have something called a midnight buffet and people are out and about even during week days! This is one of my favorites because it combines a lot of different vegetables, its flavorful, and its very filling.
Pav bhaji is actually known to be a fast food dish. "Pav" or Pau or Pao was the portugese word for bread and "Bhaji" means a vegetable dish. It's basically a spicy blend of vegetables cooked in tomato gravy. In restaurants, this dish is made in lots & lots of butter! The advantage of cooking this recipe at home is to tweak it a little so it can be more healthy! Instead of butter, using olive oil and whole wheat bread or rolls works out just fine!
This recipe also makes a great party dish if you have having a lot of friends & family over! All you have to do is make the veggie dish and serve with bread on the side.
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|Street Style Pav Bhaji|
Now, lets get started. Here are pictures of the main vegetables that I used for this recipe, but feel free to add any of your favorite veggies to the mix! The prepping time is tedious having to grate all veggies, but its so worth it!
4 potatoes, boiled
1/2 of a Cauliflower, boiled
1 1/2 cups Sweet Peas
3 Onions, grated
3 Green Peppers, grated
4 Tomatoes, grated
1/2 Cabbage, grated
1 tbsp Garam Masala
2 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
2 green chilis, crushed
2-3 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp olive oil
salt to tasteServings: 6-8
1. Add onions, green peppers, cabbage, and tomatoes to a food processor and pulse.
2. In a separate mixing bowl, mash cooked potatoes and cauliflower. Set aside.
Once you have prepped the above, the rest is easy!
Put 3 tbsp olive oil in a pot.
Add onions, cabbage, green pepper, and sweet peas. Cook for 5-8 minutes.
Mash the veggies in the pot.
Mash the potatoes & cauliflower in a mixing bowl before adding it to the pot. Either method works.
Cook for another 3-5 minutes.
Add *Pav Bhaji Masala (see below)
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring the mixture so the spices are well blended.
Squeeze half a lemon and add it to the mixture.
* If you have an indian grocery store nearby, I recommend getting Pav Bhaji Masala.
Also, I found that you can buy this product on amazon. Here's a link: Pav Bhaji Masala (amazon)
Here's what it should look like once all the spices are blended with the veggies!
Serve with bread, such as hamburger buns from the grocery store.
Diced onions & lemon on the side :)