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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Paav Bhaji...Maska marke..

hey buddies This is the first recipe i am posting here.It happens so that i have fresh snaps of this.... tried it just last week and was a hit...:) so posting up the recipe of how i made paav bhaji with the limited available veggies and stuff... It is so weird.. when i was unmarried and young in india....i was always pampered by my mom and dad. I used to cook just for occasions or if i see some new recipe in "sanjeev kapoor - khana khazana and need to try it out immediately....Never was a routine or daily cooking... and i used to fuss on getting all the ingredients given on the recipe....never used to adjust.....But now after getting married (i got married in Dec 2006) and coming down to US..trying to find out wt is wt....vegetables having weird name... which u have never heard of in india......(i never knew lady finger is "okra"....was my English teacher in 2nd std bad... that she didn't teach me what was okra?...well with all that mess and exploration..... where the hell can u get all the ingredients? hmmmm Anyways for few weeks i managed with the regular sambar and rasam that my mom and aunts taught me..... tomato rasam, gud rasam, melagu rasam, lemon rasam.....and sambar with all veggies possible.... hmmm....... and then came my saturation level with daily cooking wanted to try something new....socha... paav bhaji banayenga..... but whats this i had just few veggies to make paav bhaji..... yet went ahead explored and made this beauty....check out the snap

Well so here goes my limited ingredients paav bhaji...

You need :(or should i say i had)

Potatoes - 5 medium size (boiled and peeled)
tomatoes (diced) - 2-3 cups
Capsicum - 2
Green peas (frozen) -1 cup
Cabbage (i didn`t have cabbage so i used the frozen iceberg n lettuce salad leaves) - say 1/2 cup
onions - 1
some chopped garlic (i didnt have it...but sure will enhance the taste)
Fresh coriander leaves - handful
green chillies - 2
ginger- 1 inch
Red chilli pwd - 1tsp
garam masala - 1 tsp
paav bhaji masala - 1 tbsp
half a lemon juice
onions and coriander for garnishing
Salt to taste
1 pack ham burger buns, or paav


Firstly cut all the vegetables (except tomato ,potatoes and onions )in big pieces and par boil them in a steamer or pressure cooker.
Once its done..u have to mash these vegetables.... now u can use a hand blender or an aunthentic vegetable masher.... i put the vegetables along with the ginger and green chillies and some coriander in my mixer and just grinded it coarsely.... so that the vegetable dont get completely mashed and disfigured.

In a pan put some butter , add the garlic and chopped onions and sautee till slightly pink in colour..now add the garam masala and chilli powder and sautee till u get a nice aroma....now add the diced tomatoes and cook till they r tender.....add the paav bhaji masala...(hey guys i rememeber i got this "shaan" paav bhaji masala from the indian store and it was a disaster. It smeels more like a chaat powder than a paav bhaji masala.... i put some extra bit of that powder yet no use....hence just be careful while buying these masalas... guess everest is the best... didnt get it though, anyways...) sautee the tomatoes well...

now add the vegetable mixture to it.Sautee a bit , till the mixture thickens.....add a glass of water to this... also add the boiled mashed potatoes, a pinch a salt (according to taste...) and as i said earlier chutki bhar pyaar....(my hubby is a foodie and i love cooking for him...)
let it boil and tighten a bit....add a big lump of butter to it.. and mix it well sauteeing it ....
after u have removed it from gas....pour in juice of half a lemon for that extra taste...ur paav bhaji is ready..

Garnish it with onions ,green coriander and lemon pieces...

eat it with slightly warmed and butter paav..:)

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