My memories of Pav Bhaji are delicious. My dear Friend’s mom makes the best ever Pav Bhaji and serves it with Onion Tomato Salad, Papad, and Pepsi. Back home when we were kids “Pav” was not easily available. Hence, we had it with bread slices. My friend’s mom adds Brinjals and she makes it for me every time I go home. There are various versions of Pav Bhaji and everyone has their own.
When I was, pregnant I craved for Pav Bhaji every other day but cooking and the garlic and masala aromas were a nightmare for me in those 9 months and to top it all I had diabetes. My dear friend once made me a Diabetic Friendly Pav Bhaji without Potato. Yes, you read it right a Potato Free Pav Bhaji. I will share the recipe some other time.
I also remember my husband hunting for a decent hotel that served Pav Bhaji to satiate my late-night cravings.
The recipe here is with Potato, Peas, Ridge Gourd (Yes, that’s right) Onion, Tomato, Capsicum, Ginger, and Garlic. I also add Cauliflower and Bottle Gourd at times. I also have a Cheats Pav Bhaji version that gets done under 20 minutes.
Cooking Level- Beginner
- Potato- 2 Medium Sized
- Ridge Gourd-150 Grams
- Peas-150 Grams
- Onion Paste- 2 onions
- Tomato – 3 , blanched and pureed
- Capsicum- 1 , finely chopped
- Ghee- 4 tbsp
- Oil-3 tbsp
- Salt To taste
- Pav Bhaji Masala-3 tbsp
- Red Chilli Powder- 2 tbsp
In a cooker, cook Potatoes, Ridge Gourd, Peas and mash it thoroughly. Reserve. In a wok heat 4 tbsp ghee ,add Onion Paste, Saute. Add Tomato Paste and Capsicum. Cook Thoroughly till the ghee separates.
While this is cooking, in a small wok heat 3 tbsp oil and add the Chilli Powder and Pav Bhaji Masala. Add water and sauté the masala will the water evaporates, repeat this step 3-4 times, switch off and reserve. Mom’s trick works wonders every time.
Go back to the other wok and mix in the mashed vegetables in the onion and tomato paste. Mash Thoroughly, Season with Salt and add the masala . Add about 1/2 cup water and adjust seasoning. Mix well and let this boil for a good 10 minutes. Serve piping hot with Pav toasted on butter, Onions, lemon wedges and a dollop of butter.
Eat with steamed Basmati Rice the next day . Oh so Yum!