On my way home today I was wracking my brains on what to make for dinner. Since I had just done my veggie shopping today afternoon I hit upon the idea of making pav bhaji. I did have the burger buns. Scoured the net for bhaji recipes. Almost all of them involved using lots of potatoes and butter both of which are items I would be better off avoiding.
So, I ended up creating my own version of bhaji. This is what I did.
Stuff you will need:
5 tomatoes – medium sized – diced
2 onions – medium sized sliced
A handful of string beans – diced
1 large capsicum – diced
1 large carrot – cubed
1 potato – medium sized cubed
1 handful green peas
1 quarter small cabbage – shredded
1 inch cube of ginger and 2 pods garlic – shredded
3 green chillies slit and halved
Coriander minced to garnish
Pav bread or burger buns – 16
Butter to toast pav/bread – 1/2 stick
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Dhania Jeera (Coriander Cumin) powder – 1 tsp
Pav Bhaji masala – 2 tsp (Usually available at Indian grocers)
How to make it?
Pressure cook all veggies but for the onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green peas and green chillies. Mash the cooked veggies with a masher. In a wok, heat oil and fry ginger, garlic, green chillies till they brown slightly. Add onions and saute till translucent. Add tomatoes, salt, red chili powder, dhania jeera powder and three heaped spoons of pav bhaji masala. Let it simmer and reduce till the oil separates out. Add the mashed veggies and simmer on medium heat for about 10 to 15 mins. Turn heat off and garnish with raw cut onion and minced coriander. Squeeze lime on top if you like it tangier.
Serve hot with toasted pav or bread.
This can serve as a light dinner or as a snack in the evening.