Sunday, 18 September 2016

Pav Bhaji- Indian Street Food


Pav Bhaji  is a delicious hot and spicy Indian street food, served piping hot by vendors in many Indian streets. It is a blend of vegetables cooked on a open griddle with  fragrant  and aromatics spices called bhaji .The spicy bhaji is served hot topped on top of a soft pav which are soft bread roll cut in half and buttered and then toasted. The pav bhaji is garnished with chutneys and onions and served a with a squeeze of lime juice and a chilli pepper if you dare. It is a perfect meal in one, Indian street food at its best.

I first tasted this delicious street food snack when I visited India some 10 years ago. Much to my hosts amusement, I had tears rolling down from my eyes from the spiciness of the bhaji but despite that I can still remember the amazing taste. I have recreated this awesome Indian street food although I have toned down the spice levels considerably.






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Pav Bhaji ~Indian Street Food
It is a blend of vegetables cooked on a open griddle with fragrant and aromatics spices. The spicy bhaji is served hot topped on soft pav which are soft bread rolls cut in half and buttered and then toasted toasted .
Ingredients:
  • 160g Potatoes finely diced
  • 160g Frozen Peas coarsely ground in mixer
  • 160g Carrots finely diced
  • 160g Cauliflower grated
  • 160g Aubergine peeled and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green chillies finely chopped
  • 100 ml Tomato passata
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 small Red Onion thinly sliced for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 12 Soft white Bread rolls
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower spread
  • 1 Lime cut into wedges
  • 1 Red chilli thinly sliced
  • 3 sprigs Fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Green coriander chutney
  • 2 tablespoons Date and tamarind chutney
Method:

1. In a large steamer bowl add the diced potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, aubergines and coarsely ground peas. Steam all the vegetables for 20 minutes until well cooked.2. Mash all the steamed vegetables using a potato masher.3. In a pan add the olive oil and heat it, add to the the garlic and saute for a few seconds, next add the ginger and finely chopped chillies and the passata.3. Add the salt chilli powder, pav bhaji masala and cook the tomato mixture until all the spices infuse into the tomatoes.4. Add the mashed vegetables together with 60 ml of water and mix all the tomato spice mixture thoroughly into the vegetables. Cook the vegetables on a low heat mixing intermittently for about 10 minutes until the spices are well infused into the vegetables and they have broken down fully.The mixture should not be totally dry.5. Take the mixture ff the heat and garnish with the chopped coriander.6. To serve the pav bhaji cut the bread rolls in half and butter them with the sunflower spread. Heat a griddle pan and when it is hot add the bread rolls buttered side down so that the bread starts to toast and you get a lovely caremelised buttery flavour to the rolls.7. Remove the bread rolls from the griddle and place them on a serving plate. Top the Pav (toasted bread rolls) with the bhaji(the vegetable mixture) and garnish with the thin onion slices, chutneys, and red chillies.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 6

Tips: You can make the chutneys from my recipe posts below:
Tamarind Chutney
Green Coriander Chutney. These chutneys are also available ready bottled in most Asian supermarkets and also world food section in all large super markets.

The Pav Bhaji Masala is available in most Asian Super Markets and it is an essential part of the recipe to give it the authentic street food taste.



69 comments:

  1. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. looks perfect dear.. mouth watering clicks !!

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  2. i made this a couple of weeks back..it was heavenly

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  3. This looks yummy and tasty!!!this is making me to do right now....

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  4. Love that street food! Must be a real treat there!

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  5. oh..my fav.. looks delectable..i have 2 make some now :)

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  6. Yummy ..pass me the platter pls ;)

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  7. Mouthwatering pavbajji.. luks delicious and very tempting click..
    never tried....

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  8. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I love the diversity of food and flavors on yours. So many new possibilites to learn from.

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  9. Pav bhaji looks delicious. our favorite

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  10. Oh my fav street food..looks delish...

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  11. Hi Naina
    same pinch..I made too pav bhaji just two days ago..kids wants to eat everyday something chatpata, and I don't want to make chapati.lol..yours looks really tempting and tasty !

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  12. wow pav bhaji ..its simply delicious ...my all time favorite ...drolling here :)

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  13. Only had it in restaurants..wanted to try it ..Now will !!!

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  14. That's really tempting..my favorite too.

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  15. Tempting and my altime favourite....

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  16. Love pav bhaji, but love the presentation even more with chillies :)

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  17. Who can say no to this heavenly street food.. Yumm..

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  18. Pav Bhaji is something I think of first when I have guests for tea. An easy and filling meal. Your dish looks delicious!

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  19. The Pav bhaji looks very tempting. I must make some soon.

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  20. I am drooling all over...haven't tried it at home so far. But guess I will.

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  21. Yummy! I love pav…I can have it anytime and anywhere! Your version looks so good!

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  22. That was really wonderful..... just love it dear....

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  23. All time favorite Pav bhaji looks awesome!

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  24. ooh all time fav chat item. this version is nice.

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  25. Just made the bhaji and in the process of making the Pav. My recipe is very similar to yours and I'll post the photo soon!! Good dish to make when you want to clear out the fridge and freezer.

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  26. Wooooooooooooow wish i had this right now. Looks so so temptingly delicous.

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  27. This is one of my all time favorite street food, ofcourse after bhel-puri and yep u guessed it pani puri..your pav bhaji looks delectable..yumm

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  28. My daughter and I were just talking about street food and how we wish we had more available in our small town. Thanks for sharing.

    Plan B

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  29. YUMMY, YUMMIER, YUMMIEST!!!!! Probably those degrees say it all..... :)

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  30. yummy yummy presentation

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  31. this looks so perfect , delicious, already drooling over it:-)

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  32. the first pic looks very tempting.... u've a wonderful space..

    http://rasoithekitchen.blogspot.com/

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  33. Ur making me hungry, i cant resist to grab that wonderful platter:)

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  34. Looks really good, jam packed with some nice spicy ingredients yum!

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  35. This recipe sounds amazing, I've bookmarked it!

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  36. This sounds so tasty - I love street food, will have to have a go at this!

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  37. wow these look so delicious! I need to make these soon :D
    thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

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  38. Oh this looks very tasty, perfect food for the upcoming season change!

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  39. Oh my goodness this sounds absolutely amazing, just brimming with flavours - delicious! x

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  40. Sounds and looks delicous I've never tried pav bhaji before

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  41. This does look absolutely amazing and if I could find Indian street food like this near me, I would be a regular customer!

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  42. Gorgeous - I've never tried this but would love to give it a go.

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  43. I love Indian food but I've never heard of this type of street food. Will have to ask my friends about it :)

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  44. This looks really good. I only tend to like milder curries but as you've toned down the spices a bit for this, I think I might be okay to try it x

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  45. Oh Indian street food sounds yummy, definitely making me hungry x

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  46. Mmm! This looks delicious! I've never tried anything like it, but its looks tasty!

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  47. This looks and sounds gorgeous! I will definitely try cooking this

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  48. Ooh I am making a load of Indian recipes this week so this will have to go on my to make list. Yum xx

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  49. Now this would be fun to try. I'm not too familiar with Indian street food so this would be exciting.

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  50. I am a big fan of street food, and anything that has a ton of spices in it, like this, is good with me.

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  51. This looks gorgeous - we usually just stick to curries so it will be nice to try something new x

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  52. I could almost smell that through my screen, it looks amazing.

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  53. This is one delicious sounding recipe - I need to try it x

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  54. Hope to find something like this when I get to India one day!

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  55. Wow, what a delicious recipe! They look amazing, I will have to try!

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  56. omg I love indian food. it's my fav so i must try this.

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  57. This looks like a wonderful recipe, i would love to give this a try myself. The pictures look yummy.

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  58. My favourite !
    It is a yummy and filling snack.. we usually have it for lunch or dinner.

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  59. I love street food and love that it's become really popular. This looks tasty!

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  60. That looks absolutely lovely.i love cooking all different types of food and definitely think I shall give that a go!

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  61. Oh wow, these look gorgeous. How great to be able to eat something like this on the go as street food! x

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  62. I love appealing street food and the sort of food that brings tears to your eyes is even better.

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  63. this looks so lovely! ive never tried indian street food before

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  64. Indian cuisine is my absolute fav. This looks so delicious!

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  65. I first thought that these were burgers! I love Indian food and would really love to try this!

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  66. I love the sound of indian street food. Although i would have to tone down the spices too!

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