Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chaat Mela #3 - Pav Bhaji

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My taste and likes for dishes keeps changing. Kind of fickle minded about dishes that I really like. Yesterday I would have said some dish as my most favorite, but today I would call another as the best and tomorrow it would be something entirely different. Chaaa.. isn't that human tendency and right to like different things each day!! :) After all life gives million choices atleast when it comes to food and why not fall for all of them someday or the other!!!

Out of the million choices that we are given, Pav-bhaji recently stole my heart and I'm totally in love with it :) Its definitely not a new invention or a recent one either but its just that I have grown up only now to like spicy and tangy food :P

Hot Chips in Pondy bazaar is one place where Pav-bhaji is at its best :) The chef there starts making it only at 5PM and the sound of him mashing the vegetables with two knives on the skillet would just ring the bell in my tummy everytime I pass by that place. Totally irresistible taste and I care a damn about the amount of butter he uses. After all its pure indulgence and no once can stop me from melting for it :)

Yummmmmmmm. My home made version is quite similar to the one I fell for and its me who made it, so there is no choice than loving it :P

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Ingredients:

Potatoes - 4
Carrot - 3
Peas - 1/2 cup
Beans - 100 gms
Onions - 2
Tomatoes - 4
Capsicum(Bell pepper) - 1
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 6 flakes
Green chillies - 2
Chilly powder - for taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Pav bhaji masala powder - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste
Butter/oil - 50 gms

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Method:

Dice carrot and beans into small cubes. Pressure cook the diced carrot, beans, potatoes and peas.

Peel the cooked potatoes and mash them.

Chop onions, capsicum and tomatoes finely.

Grind green chillies, ginger and garlic together into a paste.

Take a shallow pan and add the butter, once it melts season with cumin seeds. Now add chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add the ground paste and fry for few mins. Mix finely chopped tomatoes and fry until they form a gravy.

Now add the cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, diced capsicum along with chilly powder, pav bhaji masala, turmeric powder, sugar and salt. Add enough water to make gravy and mix well. Allow it to boil for few mins.

Pav bhaji masala is ready.

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To Serve:

Cut the pav buns horizontally. Apply butter generously on top and inside the slit and roast on hot skillet until slightly brown.

Serve it with bhaji, finely chopped onions and a slice of lime :)

Enjoy making and happy eating :)

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Tips:

You can also add cooked cauliflower to the bhaji.

You can use a masher or a laddle to mash the bhaji finely while it is getting cooked. I skipped this step since I like my bhaji a little chunky.

Pav-bhaji masala powder is readily available in store under many brands like Everest etc. But if you dont find one, you can replace it with gharam masala.

You can use this bhaji as a side dish for roti.

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Written by: Nithya
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51 comments:

Kalyani said...

wow lovely pictures ......... very tempting pav bhaji ......

Ria Mathew said...

Nice pictures,Nits! I can just eat the bhaji alone...

Unknown said...

I luv pav bhaji anytime and its my fav chat...looks so tempting and beautiful clicks with cute props

divya said...

Wow..that looks super super tempting..beautiful clicks....

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Looks so tempting nithi.. absolutely yumm.. I can have whole thing now.

Prathima Rao said...

Lovely clicks!!! I make them the same way too & yes they are super delicious!! Now im craving for some pav bhaji!!
Prathima Rao
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Sandhya Hariharan said...

Yummilicious... .
I can have them any time.. for any meal.....

Unknown said...

very yummy pavu baji masala..love it

Nisha said...

Tempting presentation

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wow...love your write up dear...awesome presentation and recipe sounds perfect n delicious..:P
Tasty Appetite

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Pav Bhaji looks so yummy and outstanding. Pics are heavenly.

Deepa
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kavis said...

Its looks so tempting Nithi.I never tried pav bhaji before,I think I have to give a try.Added on my to do list;-).Beautiful click,love the colour a lot..

Suja Manoj said...

Wow tempting clicks,makes me hungry.

Suganya said...

Drooling at ur pics... Makes me hungry.... YUM! Perfect....

kittymatti said...

wow! this is real talent...all blue:)
very tempting recipe:)

Vimitha Durai said...

Ohh dear I am mesmerized looking at all ur props.. they look so delicate and inviting to the eyes... Lovely and yummy combination

Vidhya said...

Thats one super tempting spread.

Santosh Bangar said...

superb with fantastic pic

Swanavalli Suresh said...

Pav Bhajji looks very tempting...excellent clicks...
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turmericnspice said...

one of my all time fav food....it looks finger licking good ...reminds me of mumbai pavbhaji

Sravs said...

wow looks so tempting and delicious pav bhaji !!

KrithisKitchen said...

Fantastic pictures... wow.. Love the place setting...

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sathya said...

Delicious, just drooling over the pictures!

Priya Suresh said...

My fav anytime, am ready to finish those tempting bowl of pav bhaji..yumm!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Truly drool worthy..yummy yum..looks so tempting...
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Shylaja said...

Looks delicious and tempting

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

One of favorite chaat looks too good. Lovely pictures !!

Suji said...

Awesome..Cute props!

Smita Srivastava said...

The pav bahji looks so tempting ... love ur beautiful blue bowl too ...

Seema said...

Hey Nits,

Pav Bhaji is sittng in my drafts since a week and after looking at your pictures, I suddenly get an inferiority complex! Love the whole blue setup. Awesome clicks as usual!!!

Regards,
Seema
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Anonymous said...

Lovely clicks Nithya. Loved the little ring of onion and lemon...makes me drool...I prefer my bhaaji all mashed up...Great recipe..

Shobha

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow....
looks yummy yum..........
presentation looks very cute dear.
nice clicks :)

chef and her kitchen said...

Love pav bhaji..looks nice

Hari Chandana P said...

Mmmmmm... Yummyy... Looks too good Nithi.. Amazing job.. :)
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Rekha shoban said...

tempting n delicious pav bhaji!! nice bowl! lovely click as usual!

My Kitchen Antics said...

nice pics nithya..your chaat series is a brilliant idea

Plateful said...

I am a totally sucker for chats. But this time, I didn't look at the recipe, I was ogling at your beautiful shots. Love it!!

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

wonderful chat and love the fantastic presentation with the blue theme

Panchpakwan said...

Pav bhaji looks delicious..all time fav..

swapna said...

Very tempting Pav Bhaji....

Eat Hearty said...

Looks tempting....and cure clicks!!!


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Padma said...

Pne of my fav chaat. Looks beautiful and very tempting Nithya.

Unknown said...

Wow yummy Pav Bhaji Dear,Love the recipe...luks mum.Hats off to ur Photography...

Raks said...

Always love blue colour nithi! Nice ambiance in the pics :) If my kid sees this,he would love this,so cute presentation!

San said...

Looks too good and yummy nitz... wish I am there to grab it.. wonderful job .

Indian Khana said...

Love the pics ...blue is wonderful colour and that bhaji looks yummy ..tempting a lot

Zareena said...

Tooo tempting clicks Nits. I love this pav bhaji a lot.

Sanctified Spaces said...

Like the blue elements you have used.Like the shallow DOF.Yummy pav bhaji..must have tasted great.

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome clicks gal!!! looks so delicious..

Unknown said...

yum yum yum! Lovely and Super

Jyoti Babel said...

very very tempting!

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