- Type:Street Food
- Place of Origin:India
- Region or State:Maharashtra
- Main Ingredients:Bread and Vegetables
Pav Bhaji is a luscious and flavourful street food that is very common in Maharashtra. Made with boiled, mashed, and cooked thick vegetable gravy, the bhaji when served hot with Pav with a generous amount of butter is a treat to the tummy, especially in winter. Street vendors cook this Bhaji in a giant tava (griddle) with a little butter for the flavor and serve it hot on a plate accompanied by buttered Pav with chopped onions. Pav Bhaji originated in Maharashtra and was earlier prepared as a lunchtime meal for textile workers in Mumbai. Later it was prepared in restaurants throughout the city, now Pav Bhaji can be seen as a common street food on every second corner of Maharashtra. Pav Bhaji is also very liked in other parts of India. It is the wholesome street food that often people use to eat as breakfast and evening snacks, many people also take it as lunch during their office time.
As the Pav Bhaji made its way to different parts of the region, people started making their own versions of Pav Bhaji, which includes:
- pav tossed in the bhaji, Fried pav bhaji,
- Cheese pav bhaji, with cheese on top of the bhaji
- Paneer pav bhaji, with paneer cheese in the bhaji
- Khada pav bhaji, with vegetable chunks in the bhaji
- without onions and garlic with plantains instead of potatoes, Jain pav bhaji
- Mushroom pav bhaji, with mushrooms in the bhaji
- Kolhapuri pav bhaji, using a spice mix common in Kolhapur
Making of Pav Bhaji
Cauliflower, Carrot, chopped, French Beans,Capsicum, Potatoes, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, pav bhaji masala, butter, and pav (bread)
- In a pot boil 2 cups of chopped cauliflower, 1 cup of chopped Carrot, ½ cup of chopped French Beans, ½ cup of chopped capsicum, and ½ cup of chopped Potatoes.
- Once the vegetables are boiled and drained the water and with a masher mash them well into a thick puree.
- Now in a Pan heat 2 tbsp of Oil and add 1 ½ cups of finely chopped onions and sauté for a while then add 2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste and sauté it until the onions become soft.
- Add 3 cups of chopped tomatoes and cook until the oil separates then add 1 tsp of turmeric powder, 2 tsp of red chili powder, 2 ½ tbsp Pav Bhaji masala, salt to taste, and mix everything well
- Now add the vegetable puree and mix everything well.
- Add 1-2 cups of water and let it cook for 10 to 12 mins.
- Now add 5 tbsp of butter and mix well then turn off the flame. Bhaji is ready to serve
- In a Pan heat enough amount of butter and dab the pav (bread) in it.
- Serve hot Pav Bhaji with chopped coriander, chopped onion, and lemon wedges.
One plate of Pav Bhaji serves 400 calories, out of which Carbohydrates consist of 232 calories, proteins account for 38 calories,and the rest calories come from fat which is 131 calories. One plate of Pav Bhaji serves 20% of the total daily calorie required for the standard adult diet of 2000 calories.
A wholesome and mouth-watering street food made with boiled, mashed, and cooked thick vegetable gravy, the bhaji when served hot with Pav with a generous amount of butter is a treat to the tummy, especially in winter.
Related Food Items
The colorful and vibrant state of Gujarat is known for several fascinating things and the unique cuisine is one of them. Street... READ MORE
Misal Pav is a famous Maharashtrian Street food that can be a delight to your taste buds and also satisfy your appetite for... READ MORE