During the recent visit to the Doctor for Arjun’s routine check up, all food restrictions was cleared up which had me heaving a big satisfied sigh. It is quite difficult to restrain a child from eating certain foods which the other kids in his age group normally eat and crave. Arjun had a big wish list of which Pav Bhaji stood first and foremost.
In the last fortnight I had made this several number of times and he eats the bhaji with almost anything not just Pav. It is almost like “Thottuka Vendam, Appadiye Saapiduven”. Here is the recipe...
Cauliflower – 1 head
Peas – ½ cup
Capsicum – 1
Potato - 1
Carrot – 1
Onion – 2
Tomato – 4
Garlic – 4 pods
Pav bhaji masala powder – 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Oil / Ghee – 2 tsp
Butter – 2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Pav Buns – 4
Onions, chopped fine – 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves, chopped fine – 2 tbsp
Puree the tomatoes. Grind onions and garlic to a paste and keep it aside.
Wash and cut all the vegetables. You can either pressure cook for 1 whistle or microwave them till they are cooked. Let it cool completely. Then put all the vegetables in a blender and blend till they are coarse.
In a big kadai heat oil. Add the onion garlic paste and sauté till they change to light brown color. Now add the tomato puree and sauté till the raw smell disappears. Now add pav bhaji masala powder, red chilli and garam masala powder and salt to taste and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the blended vegetables and cook for another 10 minutes over a low flame till the flavors of the spice powders merge together with the vegetables. You can add a blob of butter for more flavor.
For the Pav Buns:
Slit the Pav buns in between. Rub little butter on both the insides. Place them on a hot tawa and toast them on both sides.
How to serve:
Garnish Bhaji with chopped onions and coriander leaves and serve with the toasted Pav Buns.
Note: You can also vegetables like french beans and bottle gourd. I used Everest Brand of Pav Bhaji Masala. I have used several other brands in the past but Everest and MDH really taste good. (Wish I get paid for this).