Mumbai-style Pav Bhaji (One-pot Vegetables with Buns)

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Mumbai-style Pav Bhaji (One-pot Vegetables with Buns)
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    The best part about making One-Pot dishes is that, they are super easy and quick to prepare. Vegetables are such a rich source of easily digestible proteins, vitamins and minerals. When I think of making one-pot dishes, the first recipe that comes to my mind is Pav Bhaji. This dish is a popular Indian street food of Mumbai, which is made out of veggies mashed together with a copious amount of butter in it. It is served with buns and raw onions and chilies on side.

    Pav Bhaji is super famous in Delhi too and very readily available, but eating this hot steamy dish by the cool side of Chowpatty beach in the city of Bollywood, fills you up with utter sense of excitement. But also if you are a true Delhite, like me, then you must have tasted Maan Singh Caterer’s famous Pav Bhaji at a big fat Indian wedding or Ram Lila Ground during Dushera celebrations.

    But if you haven’t, then you always have that option of making it yourself at home. Thanks to modern age tools like Google and YouTube, we can all now easily access the recipe for this lip smacking dish. The most convenient thing about this dish is that kids who are picky eaters, can be easily tricked into eating their vegetables. So mommies….. come on and put on your aprons. Let’s get our little tots eat their veggies.

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    Add cauliflower, carrots, peas and 1-2 tablespoon of water in a pressure cooker. Cook till 2-3 whistles come and then keep it aside. The veggies will cook in it's own steam till the lid is opened.

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    In a hot pan, add ghee and then add cumin powder once the ghee warms up a bit. Then add chopped onions and keep stirring till onions get golden brown. Then add chopped tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste and tomato puree. Give a good stir.

    Add spices like coriander powder, pav bhaji masala, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, garam masala and salt. Also add tomato ketchup while adding spices only. Add 3/4 tablespoon water and mix everything nicely.

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    When onions and tomatoes are semi-cooked, add boiled potatoes and mash the potatoes in the pan itself. The mashing in the pan itself will help mix everything properly. When potatoes are thoroughly mashed, add little water to adjust the consistency.
    (Note: Keep the consistency a bit thick at this point, because real consistency will be obtained after adding pressure cooked veggies.)

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    Open the lid of pressure cooker, and roughly mash the cooked veggies in the cooker itself. Then add these veggies to the potato-tomato-onion mixture in the pan.
    (Note: Keep the heat at low to medium setting.)

    Mash the whole mixture thoroughly and steadily. The texture of this dish is supposed to be neither coarse nor fine. But you can mash the mixture according to your liking. Just try using a masher and not a blender for this work. Remember we don't want to puree it.

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    Add chopped coriander leaves and paneer or cottage cheese (grated/crumbled) to the mixture in pan. Now keep mashing and mixing. Add little water in between if the mixture starts drying up.
    (Note: The consistency of this dish shouldn't be too thick. It tastes best when it's runny but not too watery also. So make sure to add water in batches to keep the consistency at par.)

    Once the mixture is thoroughly mixed and reached to the desirable consistency, add fresh lime juice and, also a little sprinkle of chaat masala and chopped green chilies (optional). Give a stir and your dish is ready to be served with some slightly golden brown buns that have been warmed up in butter.

    This dish is known for the content of butter in it. So if you want, you can top it up with a mini slice of butter. ENJOY!!


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    Adjust Servings:
    600 g Cauliflower
    220 g Carrots
    220 g Frozen/Fresh Peas
    220 g Red/White Onion
    230 g Tomato
    3-4 Boiled Potatoes
    3-4 tsp/1 tbsp Ghee
    1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
    1 tsp Cumin Powder
    1 tbsp Tomato Puree
    1-2 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala
    1 tsp Coriander Powder
    1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
    1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
    1/2 tsp Garam Masala
    1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
    As per taste salt
    1-2 tsp Tomato Ketchup
    35 g Chopped Coriander Leaves
    30 g Paneer or Cottage Cheese
    1 Lemon
    1-2 (optional) Green Chili

    Nutritional information

    2 g
    19 g
    5 g
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