Just had pav bhaji for breakfast this morning. And guess what the next thing I’m doing is making a post about it. That’s the captivating beauty of pav bhajis! This is like one of my all time favs. BTW its my mom’s recipe and not mine.
Pav bhaji had its origins in Maharashtra, but soon got to be known as the most legendary Indian street food ever. Pav is nothing but the Portuguese term for bread and bhaji means vegetable curry in Marathi. I generally use store bought pav buns and I toast them in a tava with butter before serving. There is a recipe for the pav too. Will soon post it! Fresh onions and lime is a MUST!
Potatoes- 2 boiled and mashed
Green bell pepper- 1 medium sized, sliced thinly
Garlic- 5 cloves
Dry red chilli- 2
2 onions- chopped
2 large tomatoes- pureed
Star annise- 1
Cinnamon- 1 inch piece
Oil- 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chilli powder- 1 tsp/1/2 tsp
Grated carrot- 1/2 cup
Cumin powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
1. Soak the garlic and chilli in 1 cup water for 1/2 an hour and grind into a paste.
2. In a pan add a tsp of butter and saute the capsicum. Set aside. In the same pan saute the carrots and set aside.
3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan for a minute and add the spices( cinnamon, cloves, annise) and stir until a crackling sound is heard. Now add the onions and saute until golden.
4. Add the pureed tomatoes, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin, garlic- chilli paste and stir fry until the oil separates out.
5. Add 1 1/2 cup water and mashed potatoes and stir until water evaporates. Switch off the stove. Add the sauteed capsicum and grated carrot and adjust the salt.
6. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the bhaji and add a tsp of butter and mix well.
7. Now enjoy the bhaji with fresh onions and pav!