Pao Bhaji is an Indian street food of Maharashtra State, a special delicacy of Mumbai now travelling across world because of its scrumptious taste. Although I love this street food from street itself, but since its loved by all in the family, so I make this at home on several occasions. My recipe is simple and I can control the amount of butter to be put in it. Having said that, the topping of butter and mirch ka tadka really makes it more tasty. We can always have it in the healthy version or the buttery version, I leave the choice to my readers. My first encounter with street Pav Bhaji was in Model Town. Its known for the spicy Pav Bhaji. Since I am not that big a fan of spices, I found it just okay. Few years later, I started making it at home specially for the fussy eaters who keep on reminding you of the veggies they dont wish to eat. When you have the control over the stove, you know very well to put all those veggies, mash and blend them generously, make a special onion, tomato tadka and top it with onion, butter and coriander leaves. These choosy ones then come up to you while licking their fingers and telling you its awesome. You give that gentle smile without telling them that its just the presentation which has been modified in a more dignified way. So next time, you dont eat baigan, peas, kashifal or tinda, I know what I have to do with them.
Coming to the recipe part, its actually the same as described above. I had taken aloo, gajar and peas as due to lockdown here I had not much of the choice. Feel free to add Cauliflower, baigan or any other vegetable of your liking. Boil them together. Sieve and mash so that they blend with each other. Take a thick bottomed Kadai and butter or ghee and add chopped onions, tomatoes and spices (Mirch, pav bhaji masala, haldi, salt). Add the mashed vegetables. It would be slightly dry so you may add water little by little and till it gets a smooth gravy consistency. Once done, Heat the pavs and serve them together.
I am going to have delicious Pav bhaji with green chutney!
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