Pav bhaji is one of favourite street food. It is originated in Mumbai and now popular in whole India. As every popular dish, it has different type of recipe in different regions. I love mumbai style pav bhaji. Some recipe has brinjal, cabbage, bottle gourd, beet etc as ingredients. When I was new in the kitchen, I also used all these ingredients. But after some trials, now I have my own kind of recipe version. I am sure that most of foodies have their own recipes. I wanted to share my version, hope you all like it!!
2 cup cauliflower (cut roughly)
3-4 medium size potatoes
1 big green belle pepper (chopped)
2 medium onion (chopped)
5-6 roma tomatoes (chopped)
1 cup green peas
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 to 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1 to 2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp coriander (chopped)
3 tbsp butter
8 whole wheat buns
1 tbsp vadapav dry masala (optional)
Pressure cook cauliflower, potatoes(with skin), and half of green peas. Remove excess water and keep it in one bowl. Remove the skin of potatoes and mashed them very well. Take boiled cauliflower and peas in one separate bowl, add little bit of water and make a puree with electrical mixer.
Take one pan and put it on high heat on stove. First add butter. When butter is melted add chopped onion. When onion is almost cook, add ginger garlic paste. Then add chopped belle pepper and tomatoes. Mix all of them well and cook till oil separates.
Now add all the dry spices and pav bhaji masala ( I used badshah brand masala). Then add meshed potatoes. After adding potatoes, mix well and keep on the heat for 5-7 minutes. Potatoes should absorbed all the spices well. Then add the puree of cauliflower and peas. Add remaining whole green peas. Add reserved water, as per consistency. (If you like dark red color, at this stage add tomato paste before adding water.) Lower the heat of stove and simmer the whole mixture for 20-25 minutes. Before serving add lemon juice.
Take one tava or flat griddle. Apply some butter on bun and sprinkle dry vadavpav masala. Roast all the buns on medium heat till golden brown in color.
Serve hot pav and bhaji along with onion.