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Pav Bhaaji

Pav Bhaaji

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

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Cream of Cauliflower

Cream of Cauliflower

Ingredients:

750g cauliflower, trimmed, cut into florets
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
1/4 cup cream

Method:

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 6 to 7 minutes or until very soft.
Add coriander powder, cumin powder and red chili flakes. Increase heat to high. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Add cauliflower, stock and water. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.
Simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Set aside for 20 minutes.
Blend soup to a smooth paste. Return to saucepan. Add salt , pepper and stir in the cream. Stir over low heat until hot.
Garnish with a little chopped parsley or coriander leaves.

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Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi

Ingredients :

Large cauliflower, cut into large florets
3-4 potatoes, peeled, cut into cubes
1 tsp Fennel seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1-2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1-2 Tomatoes chopped
Corainder leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Ground Masala : Dry roast 2 Bay Leaves, 1/2 tsp Black Pepper corns, 1 tsp Fennel seeds, 1 tsp Cumin seeds and grind to fine powder.

Method :

Heat oil in a non stick pan, add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, tomatoes, 2 tsp ground masala, chilli powder, turmeric and saute for a minute.
Add potatoes and salt, stir until well coated in spices. Add enough water to ensure that the mixture does not stick to the pan.
Cover and cook on medium heat till the potatoes are half done.
Then add the cauliflower florets and stir. Add water if neccessary. Again cover and simmer till everything is tender.
After, the veggies are done, if there is too much water, turn the heat on high and stir, till the water gets absorbed.
Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Breads or Rotis

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