Pav bhaji is a street food that is made with curried vegetables and served with a toasted bun. This is a great summer meal but, we enjoy it all year round.
It is great to make as it is not very time consuming, the recipe means that you make a large batch. It works well when you are hosting people for dinner. I find that I always make enough for 6 people. Making this just for two is tough, but it freezes well so…. it is not that bad.
As most of the curry is made of steamed veg this is also a healthy meal.
You will need;
- Two large diced onions
- one red pepper minced
- five large cloves of minced garlic
- Pav bhaji masala
- one cauliflower
- one aubergine
- 4-6 medium potatoes
Heat oil in a pan, add in cumin seeds and asafoetida, add in the onion and cook until soft. Add in the garlic, once it too has become clear add in the minced red pepper. Cook the mixture until the oil separates. You want to make a thick sauce. Add in the pav bhaji masala (available at most indian supermarkets), to taste.
Chop and steam the potatoes, cauliflower and aubergine (you could also add carrots and peas). Once they are soft, add to the curry mixture and smash in. I use a potato masher to smash it in. Cook the mixture together to make sure they are all mixed in and infused. Add salt to taste.
If it is too thick you can add some water to make it the right consistency.
This is served with a toasted buns, diced onion to sprinkle on top and a wedge of lemon on the side, I use lime as I prefer the sweet sharpness you get with a lime. I also need papadum with it.
We love it, hope you do to.