Pav Bhaji (Spicy blend of vegetables served with bread)

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When Betfair  asked me to create  a recipe inspired by one of the 14 nations in the Cricket World Cup this year – I immediately thought of India as Cricket is so popular in India.   The British Introduced cricket to India during the British rule.  According to BBC World Service, The first match in India was recorded in 1721 when a group of sailors gathered to play in Western India.  Within nearly three centuries cricket is India’s most popular sport.

I know when my family is watching cricket on the television, we tend to cook food that can be eaten easily whilst watching the match.  I usually make  Pau Bhaji, which  is a dish I  got introduced to  by my husband who used to enjoy this when he was in Mumbai as a child. This is a popular street food in Mumbai. Pau means bread and bhaji is the name given to the spicy curry which accompanies the bread. Apparently, this dish got invented in Mumbai because factory workers wanted a light and quick meal during their lunch break.

A lot of the Indian grocery shops carry boxes or packets of ready made pau bhaji masala but I use my own blend of spices.  Lots of the recipes I have looked up seem to use a lot of potatoes. As this dish is eaten with bread, I didn’t want to have too many carbs so I have tried to use lots of vegetables and just one small potato for my pav bhaji.

Ingredients for 4 servings

    • 1 potato
    • 4 -5 cups of mixed frozen vegetables (baby carrots,sweetcorn, peas, beans, cauliflower and beans)
    • handful of soya beans
    • 1 cup of pasatta ( or you can used tinned or fresh tomatoes)
    • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree ( you won’t need the puree if you are using pasata)
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon of blended ginger, garlic and green chilies mixture
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon dhana jiru (mixture of coriander and cumin powders)
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1 tablespoon of jaggery (or you can use brown sugar or any artificial sweetener)
    • 1 tablespoon lemon

For the garnishing your Pav Bhaji Recipe when serving:

    • 1 finely chopped and stir fried onion
    • Fresh coriander (unfortunately I had run out so had to do without coriander).

Method:

  1. Wash and the potato into very small cubes and add it to the frozen vegetables.
  2. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and cook them until they are soft.
  3. Using a sieve remove all the water from the vegetables.  Save the water to add to the bhaji if it looks too dry.
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  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add in the cumin seeds. Once they are brown, add all the vegetables and mix so that the oil coats the vegetables.
  5. Add the salt, turmeric, dhana jiru and the ginger garlic and chilly mixture.
  6.  Add  cup of pasata, the lemon juice and jaggery (or sugar or sweetener).
  7.  Finally add the  garam masala.
  8.  Stir and cook for 5 minutes.  After cooking your bhaji for 10 minutes, it will look like a mixed vegetable curry.

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9.  Using a Potato masher, mash the bhaji. I don’t mash mine completely as I don’t like my Vegetables too mashed. Once mashed, cook this for 2-3 minutes more .

10.  Garnish the  Pav bhaji with fried onions and coriander  hot with toasted bread rolls.

11.  You can serve the bread and bhaji separately or bhaji can be served on top of the bread rolls.

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NB: I was asked by Betfair to take part in the Cricket World Cup Recipe challenge.

  • Sarah Ebner

    I do love your recipes Mina. They always look and sound delicious – and not too complicated either.

  • That does sound lovely, a perfect meal for the weekend, I have to say I don’t watch cricket but would happily eat this delicious meal! :)

  • Fabulous recipe, one my mum would love

  • I love this post, the way you have weaved a bit of history and family anecdote into it. A thoroughly intertesting read – and the food looks good too! Tx

  • My mouth is totally watering again. I adore your food totally. Another must make,

  • This looks yummy! Very interesting post.

  • I love that you can use frozen vegetables making it quick and easy to make.

  • Emma

    yum, how great that so little seems to be needed yet it will fill you up!

  • oh sounds tasty , i love a good spicey vegetable

  • What a really lovely dish! i love the idea that most of the ingredients are frozen

  • Gretta Schifano

    This looks delicious – I’m always on the lookout for tasty new vegetarian recipes, thank you.

  • Now this looks absolutely delicious. I will be trying soon.

  • Blue Bear Wood

    oh gosh, yet another delicious dish for me to add to my list. I love your food. It’s always so tasty and colourful

  • looks tasty! thanks for sharing x

  • Monika

    I love that you start from frozen veg: this makes it so much more practical in our rush day-to-day

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Oh wow, I seriously want to move in just to eat the food you show on the blog ha x

  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

    Yummy, I wish I could cook like this! I’m rubbish but love this type of food x

  • Mellissa Williams

    I think my husband would enjoy this, as he doesn’t eat much meat but loves Indian food.

  • Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth

    Can I invite myself round to yours, Mina? I could so eat some Pav Bhaji right now! Maybe with a hot cup of chai. Perfect!

  • Thou Shalt Not Covet

    I think this is definitely one my other half would love 😉 xxx

  • New Mum Online

    I love food that you can grab – like you say perfect for factory workers AND cricket watchers. Love the history on the India cricket. They’re the best now aren’t they? x

  • Globalmouse

    Yum, that looks and sounds absolutely delicious and exactly the kind of food we love. Thank you for sharing this – your website is amazing inspiration.

  • Kara

    I bet this tastes delicious – i can almost smell it

  • Linsy

    I am all in for this spicy pav bhaji

  • Shobha

    Delicious Pav bhaji .. I love it :)

  • mm this looks delicious! x

  • I love the mix of spices in this dish. Pav Bhaji makes a healthy food to eat while watching the game.

  • This recipe smells as good as it read Mina! It was encouraging to learn that the spicy blend of vegetables can happen from frozen veggies!

  • Jacqueline Gum

    This looks fantastic! So many great spices!

  • I appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes into the recipes you share, Mina. Delicious, attractive and nutritious. Thank you.

  • First, congratulations on being asked to participate in the Cricket World Cup Recipe Challenge – bet you were thrilled.
    Your recipe looks fantastic – it has lots of my favourite ingredients so I’m going to have to try it on a crusty roll. Can’t wait.

  • Catarina Alexon

    Looks delicious, Mina. Love Indian food and am at the moment craving Pav Bhaji.

  • My first introduction to Indian street food. Looks good on some of those colorful plates.

  • Beth – http://EncoreWomen.com

    I love Indian food. This looks so good! And simple because of the frozen veggies. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Safariontheblog

    Oh my word, I love spicy food. I am a regular at the Indian restaurant near my house. The food looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing Mina x

  • William Rusho

    Great recipe, and simple, I think I might even be able to make it.

  • Kire Sdyor

    Mina, I’m going to have to print this out and find a few of these ingredients but man this sounds good.

  • Mahal Hudson

    Oh my gosh….THANK YOU! I love how you broke down into simple and workable steps to make this. Awesome!

  • Erica

    Mmmmm! Looks really great! And yes, thank you for breaking the recipe into easy steps. I love Indian food and this seems very simple to make.

  • This looks like a delicious recipe. Thanks so much for sharing, Mina.

  • I handed over this recipe to my mom..Will soon find this in my dish. Thanks for the detailed explanation. It helps a lot

  • Tatia

    Wow Mina. Your pav bhaji recipe looks absolutely savory! I always been a fan of Indian cuisine because of it’s intense flavors and beautiful colors. This post makes me want to try out the dish and catch a cricket match.

  • Mina, you obviously put a lot of work into this recipe and the photos. I love Indian food, especially curry, but not too hot!!

  • Susan P. Cooper

    Hi Mina, I like to have some vegetarian options to turn to now and again. This savory dish looks like a keeper. Yum!

  • A yummy & flavorful pav bhaji ! Looks delicious.

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