Street foods are always everyone's favourite. Street vendors are the bagpipers of the "food world" enticing the crowd with their chanters - "Tasty Appetizing food". No matter how much we talk about hygiene and their health effects, they continue to please the crowd, right from ancient times. Yeah, you read that right, "Since ancient times". They have been in existence as early as 1300's. Know more about this in wiki. One such fast food in India, more specifically in the category of "Chaat" is "Paav Bhaaji". The king of Mumbai Street foods.
A delectable spicy savoury from the Indian streets rooted in the Marathi Cuisine. There is a tale behind every dish and this also has one of its own. The textile mill workers in Mumbai wanted to have a light lunch so that they can continue their physical work at ease post lunch. It had to be a light meal as well as a healthy one. What can be more nutritious than a mix of veggies? In North India, Roti/ Chapathi is a staple food and it is eaten with a Sabzi, i.e. vegetables. So a vendor replaced Rice or roti with Pav- Indian small bread and Sabzi, a veg gravy with one single veg spicy mix, known as bhaaji. Thus Pav Bhaji was born, the most famous Fast food loved by everyone.
Quite easy to make and there is no hard and fast rule for this recipe. Throw in all the available veggies and cook them and smash them, a pinch of this and that spices and mix. Butter roast the pav and serve it hot with a lime wedge and some more butter.
- 2 cup chopped tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped potatoes
- ¼ cup peas fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ cup finely chopped onions
- 3 green chillies finely chopped
- 1 cup chopped capsicum
- Salt to taste
- Few Coriander leaves for garnishing
- 6 pav buns
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon pav bhaaji masala for each paav
- 1 teaspoon butter for each paav
- 1 teaspoon Butter per paav
- 2-3 tablespoon Chopped onions per paav
- Few lemon wedges
Add all the ingredients in List 1 to a pressure cooker. The vegetables have to be smashed completely. That's why I prefer to pressure cook. Add water just enough to immerse the veggies. Pressure cook and once the pressure is released, mash the veggies completely with the help of a potato masher. Keep it aside.
Heat a Kadai | Pan. Add 2 tablespoon of butter and once it is heated, add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
Then add the onions, capsicum and green chilies and saute until the onions become translucent.
- Then add the cooked veggies, chili powder and paav baaji masala and stir it well. Simmer it for4-5 mins.
- Check for salt and the seasoning and add more if needed. Add water if the gravy becomes very thick. Finally garnish it with coriander leaves.
- Heat a grill or a Dosa Kal or a tawa. Meanwhile slit the paav lengthwise into half. You can either slit it fully or slit it till just before the end.
- Once the grill heats, add ½ Tbsp butter and ¼ teaspoon paav bhaaji masala. Place the slit side of the paav (softer side) on the tawa and rub it in the butter and masala mix. Keep pressing until the sides become golden brown. You can brown both the sides or just the inside alone.
- Repeat the same for the rest.
- Fill the bhaaji in a small bowl. Fill the plate with the butter roasted paav, some onions and lemon wedges. Add the butter to the bhaaji just before serving.
- Serve it while the paav is still warm. Otherwise it might get hardened.
This post is a part of the Blogging marathon and this week's theme is Street food. So the three posts this week are going to be about popular Indian street foods.
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Love pav bhaji and your recipe sounds absolutely delicious. Lovely clicks.
Priya Srinivasan says
Oh we love this 😍 nothing can beat a butter floating bhaji and toasted paav! Finger licking good!
Chef Mireille says
One of my fave Indian street foods - I made it myself and then got the chance to try it in Mumbai - Time for me to make again I think - definitely an old post I should update!
The street food of Mumbai is a total hit with all , and I must say you have presented it beautifully .
A classic street food and it is a go-to street food for an impromptu dinner party.
Priya Suresh says
Dont tempt me like this Nisha, its been a while i had pav bhaji and your clicks are torturing me yaar.
Nice write-up. Paav bhaji is something that I love and make often.
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
I am drooling now and its time I make some pav bhaji. Looks wonderful and it was good reading about the origin of the dish.
Enjoyed reading the story behind the dish. It is indeed a filling and tasty street food!
Love your pictures Nisha, so classically presented!...I love pav bhajji and can have for any meal!