1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
8-10 french beans, string and chop
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 capsicum, chopped
1/2 cup green peas
2 onions, finely chopped
3-4 green chilies chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
3 medium chopped tomatoes
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsps Pav Bhaji Masala (or more to taste)
1 tsp garam masala
Finely chopped coriander leaves as required
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Oil as required
Salted butter as required
Bombay Pav (Bread Buns) as required
Pressure cook potatoes, cauliflower, peas, beans and capsicum along with turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups of water, till soft.
Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher or a hand mixer.
Heat oil in a vessel, add green chilies and onions and saute till onions turn light brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another minute.
Add red chili powder, coriander powder, pav bhaji masala, garam masala powder and salt. Combine well.
Add the tomatoes and cook until soft, approx 5-6 minutes. Add little water, if required.
Add the mashed vegetables and mix well. Reduce flame and cover and simmer for 14-15 minutes.
Be aware that the mixture can spurt up as it boils, so keep a lid on it while you are not actively stirring it.
Cook till the bhaji(gravy) thickens. Adjust the salt, if required. Turn off the heat. Add butter and lemon juice and combine. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Slice the pav buns horizontally and butter both the sides.
Place them on a heated griddle and cook till the buttered sides are brown.
To serve :
On a serving plate, place the toasted buns and a bowl of Bhaji garnished with coriander leaves. In another small plate place chopped onion and a lemon wedge.
To make cheese pav-bhaji, top the Bhaji with some shredded cheese. In India, the brand used is Amul cheese…in the US, Cheddar(white) cheese comes close to this.
Also, if you do not have a pressure cooker, just boil the veggies with salt till soft and then smash with a hand mixer. The pressure cooker just makes the whole process quicker and you can add all veggies at once. If not using pressure cooker, would have to boil the potatoes separately as they take longer than the other veggies.