Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian fast food dish from Mumbai. My first contact with this delicious dish was back in 1999, there was a small Indian takeaway in central London where i used to get my work lunch. It looked so simple but i immediately fell in love with it! Pav bhaji is a mix of potato, cauliflower and tomato with some slight variations… Served with toasted laadi pav bread. You can get the recipe for this delicious bread HERE.
After some research i found THIS PAV BHAJI RECIPE to be the most authentic to the one i had for the first time. However i did some slight changes to it.
- I added couple of medium size carrots
- I boiled potatoes [ peel it and cut in a small cubes/chunks about 1"x1"] , carrots and cauliflower in water mixed with some turmeric powder. Add about 1-2 teaspoons
- The recipe does not include onions, i think onions are a must! so when you heat the oil + butter, add 1 finely chopped onion, then add peppers, i use red and green peppers + fresh chilli, when onions get slightly yellow colour, add finely chopped garlic, or garlic paste and continue as explained on their website
- Chopped tomatoes are not included with this recipe, instead they use tomato paste, please make sure you use chopped tomato AND tomato paste. Dish will be rich and juicy. One can of chopped tomato will be more than enough. Add it 1-2 minutes after you added garlic. Be careful garlic does not burn or go brown!
- I mashed cauliflower and potato in a separate bowl and then added to tomatoes and mashed it some more. If you prefer chunks that’s fine.
Continue as described on their website.
Towards the end of cooking i also added loads of chopped fresh corriander and frozen peas. You can use fresh too!
I made this dish many times, you can find some examples below.