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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Paw Bhaji (A lip-smacking Marathi/Gujarati delicacy of spicy mixed vegetables and bread)

History: Pav bhaji (Marathi: पाव भाजी, also transliterated as pao bhaji and pau bhaji) is a fast food dish native to Maharashtrians and is popular in most metropolitan areas in India, particularly in the Maharashtrian city of Mumbai & Pune. Pav in Marathi means bread, the word Marathi borrowed from portuguese pão (lit., "bread"). Bhaji is a term for a curry and vegetable dish. Pav bhaji consists of the bhaji (a potato-based curry) and the pav, garnished with coriander and chopped onions. Pav is high in carbohydrates and fats (if served with butter), while bhaji, the vegetable-based curry portion, is high in carbohydrates.

  1. Paw (Bread Rolls)
  2. Butter - 4 tbsp
  3. Potatoes - boiled and mashed - 1 & 1/2 cup
  4. Green Peas - boiled - 1/2 cup
  5. Cauliflower - boiled and chopped - 1/2 cup
  6. Onions - chopped - 1 cup
  7. Green Capsicum (bell pepper) - chopped 2 & 1/2 cup
  8. Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Dry red chillies - 3-4
  11. Garlic cloves - 4-6
  12. Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
  13. Coriander leaves - chopped - 2 tbsp
  14. Oil - 2 tbsp
  15. Paw bhaji masala - 1 & 1/2 tbsp. The paw bhaji masala can be bought from the market or can be prepared as:

    50 grams red chili, 50 grams coriander seeds,

    25 grams cumin seeds, 25 grams black pepper,

    25 grams cinnamon, 25 grams clove,

    4-5 black cardamom, 25 grams dry mango powder,

    10 grams fennel seeds, 1 tbsp. turmeric powder.

    Roast all the ingredients separately. When cool, grind it. Shift them and mix dry mango powder, turmeric powder and fill in the bottle.


Dip the dry red chillies in warm water and make a paste with the garlic. Heat oil and add onions, capsicum and saute for 2 minutes. Put in the chilli-garlic paste - continue sauting. When the onions turns a bit soft add the tomatoes - saute. When the oil separates add the red chilli powder, paw bhaji masala, salt and fry for a while. Next add all the boiled vegetables and blend. Mash the entire blend with a masher while still in the pan. Add 1/2 cup water if required. Cook for a while and add lemon juice and coriander leaves and dollops of the butter. Garnish with coriander leaves.
The paw is to be halved from the middle, buttered and roasted on a tawa. Calorie conscious people and plain toast the bread and have it with the bhaji (mixed vegetable)

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