Pav Bhaji

By on December 19, 2011

 Pav Bhaji

1 large carrot, cubed
2 potatoes, cubed
1 capsicum, chopped
1 cup cauliflower florets, chop
8-10 french beans, string and chop
1/4 cup green peas
2 onions, finely chopped
2 green chillis, slit length wise
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1 1/2 tbsps Pav Bhaji Masala
3/4 tsp sugar (adjust)
salt to taste
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp low fat butter (vegans can avoid butter)
fresh coriander leaves for garnish
1 1/2 tbsps oil
16 lightly toasted in butter, pav bread (vegans can use vegan butter substitute),


1 Pressure cook potatoes, cauliflower, peas, beans and carrot along with 1 cup of water, till soft. Drain any left over water and keep aside. Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
2 Heat oil in a vessel, add the green chillis and onions and saute for 4 mts. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another 3 mts. Add capsicum and saute for 2 mts.
3 Add the chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, pav bhaji masala, sugar and salt. Combine well. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft, approx 5-6 mts.
4 Add the mashed vegetables along with a cup of the drained vegetable stock and cook on high for a mt. Reduce flame and simmer for 14-15 mts.
5 The gravy will begin to thicken. Adjust the salt, if required. Turn off heat and add butter and lemon juice and combine. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
6 Serve hot with lightly toasted pav/pau and sliced onions.

Tips and Variations: 

1) Use butter generously in this recipe.
2) If you prefer the buns to be buttery and soft (restaurant style) but not crunchy, melt generous amount of butter on the heated griddle, just lightly rub the buns over hot griddle.
3) Add 1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek) to the curry for another interesting flavor.
4) Try finely chopped green beans in this recipe.
5) Lighter Version: Use 1 tbsp oil instead of butter while making the curry. Roast buns without addition of butter or simply heat them in a preheated oven until crisp. You may use any whole grain bread instead of the regular buns. Carb watchers may skip potatoes and green peas.