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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a fast food dish that originated in Marathi cuisine. It is native to Maharashtra and is popular in most metropolitan areas in India, especially in those of central and western Indian states. Pav in Marathi means a small loaf of bread. 
Bhaji in Marathi means vegetable dish. Pav bhaji consists of bhaji (a thick potato-based curry) garnished with coriander, chopped onion and a dash of lemon and baked pav. 


Ingredients:
  1. Carrot: 1 large cubed
  2. Potatoes: 2 medium cubed
  3. Capsicum: 1 chopped
  4. Cauliflower florets:1 cup chop
  5. French beans:8-10 string and chop
  6. Green peas: 1/4 cup 
  7. Onions:2 finely chopped
  8. Green chilies: 2 slit length wise
  9. Ginger-garlic:1 tbsp  paste
  10. Turmeric pwd: 1/4 tbsp 
  11. Red chilli pwd: 1/2 tbsp 
  12. Pav Bhaji Masala: 1 1/2 tbsps 
  13. Sugar (adjust): 3/4 tsp 
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Tomatoes:2 medium finely chopped
  16. Lemon juice: 1 tbsp 
  17. Low fat butter: 1 tbsp 
  18. Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  19. Oil: 1 1/2 tbsps 
  20. Pav bread: 16 lightly toasted in butter
Procedure:
Cook potatoes, cauliflower, peas, beans and carrot along with 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker, till soft. 
Drain any left over water and keep aside for later
Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
Heat oil in a vessel, add the green chillis and onions and sauté till transparent.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell is gone. 
Add capsicum and saute for 2 min.
Add the chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, pav bhaji masala, sugar and salt. Combine well. 
Add the tomatoes and cook until soft and mushy.
Add the mashed vegetables along with a cup of the drained vegetable stock and cook on high for another minute or so.
Reduce flame and simmer till the gravy thickens.
Turn off heat and add butter and lemon juice and combine.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.




Serve hot with lightly toasted pav/pau and sliced onions.
Enjoy this yummy street food from India and do let me know how you liked it.
Till then happy blogging
Rakhee

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