Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pav Bhaji (Divine!!)

Pav Bhaji

When we were in college , we made frequent visits to chaat places. This dish would always make it to the first round of orders (I know! we always have 3-4 rounds of orders) . It was every ones favorite.
This is another entry to Mona from for her Ramzan collection. Usually in ramzan we grab pav (Indian bread) from Indian stores and make Bhaji (The gravy which goes with it) at home.
Its not difficult to make Pav if you have time at hand. Its quite a filling dish and not for the health conscious at all :). Enjoy.

For Bhaji:

Tomatoes - 3
Potatoes (boiled,peeled,minced) - 2 big ones
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 2
Mixed vegetables - 1 cup
Red Chili powder - 1-1/2 tsp
Haldi (turmeric powder) - 1/4 tsp
salt - 1 to 1-1/2 tsp (depending on your taste)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Butter - 100 gms
cumin seeds - 1tsp
Everest chaat or chole or pav bhaji masala - 1tsp (completely optional)
Garam masala powder - 1tsp

Kothmir (corriander leaves) - 1/2 bunch
Lemon - 2

Mince together onion,mixed vegetables,green chillies and tomatoes. Keep it coarse (donot make a fine paste).
Heat half of the butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and saute.Now add ginger and garlic paste and saute till a little brown.Add the chole masala if you like. Now add onion and veg paste to it. Also add the minced potatoes.Stirr well. Add 1tsp salt and turmeric. let this mixture cook for 10 mins. Cook till very soft, constantly stirring, and adding water and mashing from time to time. When almost cooked and well mashed, add some more butter, Red chilli powder, garam masala, Juice of one lemon and more salt if you like. You can add some red colour if you want to bring some color to the dish. Garnish with kothmir and lemon wedges

For Pav:
Ingredients:(Makes around 18-20 small size pavs)

maida(allpurpose flour) - 7 cups
Salt - 1tsp
sugar - 1tsp
warm water - 3-1/2 cups
yeast( Dry , Quick rise) - 7gms

Egg - 1 beaten(optional)


mix together salt,sugar,warm water and yeast. let it sit for 5 mins. Now add this mixture to maida and knead like you are going to make rotis. cover and keep this mixture aside for 45 minutes. This will rise to double its size. Now prepare a baking tray. Apply some butter and sprinkle some maida so that the pav does not stick. Now make good size balls and place them slightly touching each other. you can coat the top of each ball using the egg mixture. This gives a good color to the pavs.Bake at 400F for 20-25 mins. Remove and apply butter on top. You can also apply butter inside the pav by cutting it into half. Enjoy this freshly made pav. Divine!!

Family rating - 8.5


  1. yummy entry for ramadhan.the pav looks perfect dear

  2. Humaira, Jazakallah khair for sending this an an entry. I have bookmarked the recipe to try inshallah and will definitely let you know.

  3. you have all my fav food in here..pav bhaji, kathi rolls..yumm!!! home made pavs do have a very special taste!

  4. Ur pav bhaji looks yummy, check out my blog for pav bhaji, which I posted a day before btw I have some awards and tag for u , please accept it..

  5. Thank you Shaista, I am glad you liked it. I am so honoured and happy for the award.

  6. assk humaira again
    i have seen if u use mdh pavbhaji bombay/mumbai style flavor masala not regular ,the taste is really different and better than everest since i used both.

    i got this tip from my freind who lived in bombay and moved to usa,


  7. its delicious and awsome to have this dish

  8. i love indian food it is very delicious and the way u have explained its great i tried it and it was great to have this dish

  9. Assalaamu Alaikum, Mashallah it really looks tasty ...Inshallah on friday i m goin 2 try this pav recipe. will let u know how it came out. :D

  10. Asak Humaira, your pav bhaji reciepe is very easy to make, tried it! and making it again today inshallaha. keep up the good work & EID MUBARAK!

  11. Thank you for sharing and I want to share information about Madras Bistro which offers a wide range of delicious North and South Indian vegetarian dishes. Situated in the heart of Bergen County, Madras Bistro is located in Hackensack, NJ.


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