Monday, March 28, 2011

Farmers Market Buy- Pav Bhaaji

Pav Bhaji

What was supposed to be a busy weekend turned out to be a quite one thanks to the weather, never the less made the best and hit the mall for hours, what is a girl to do when given a option to shop, nothing better then retail therapy I say.  It's still pouring in bayarea and signs of spring seem far away.

Every sunday we have a farmers market close to home and with this weather all we get is fresh greens and root vegetables. Picked vine ripe tomatoes ,I love vine ripe tomatoes extremely delicious and sweet that it seems like a crime to cook anything . Picked up capsicum, carrot, tomatoes and cilantro too this week.

Pav Bhaji is a favorite of mine though it belongs to the chat clan it makes a complete meal by itself. The fact that my kids love it is a big incentive . Spices used overpower vegetables in this dish hence adding vegetables to your choice to hearts content does not alter the flavor.

Ingredients for Bhaji
3 medium sized capsicum
2 tomatoes
2 carrots peeled and cubed
3 medium sized potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup peas fresh or frozen
2-3 green chilies ( adjust according to taste)
1/2 cup of coriander leaves
2 medium sized onion chopped finely
3 tbsp butter ( I know, I know but trust me skipping butter just kills the flavor for me personally)
1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste ( optional)
1/3 cup of pav Bhaji masala ( My all time favorite MDH pav bhaji masala)
salt according to taste

1. boil potaotes, capsicum, peas,carrot and chillies with salt in a pressure cooker.
2. While vegetables are being cooked heat a pan big enough to hold the boiled vegetables
3. Add butter and when melted add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds
4. Add onions and saute till they turn golden brown takes about 4-5 minutes
5. Now add cubed tomatoes and little water and saute till tomatoes and onion forms a paste.
6. Add boiled vegetables and pav bhaji masala and use a potato masher to mash all the vegetables till it forms to a mush add water as required
7. Check for salt and top with a little bit of butter and serve hot.

Toast Pav on the tava/griddle on both sides with butter, add bhaji and top with onion,tomatoes and sprinkle with lemon juice and savor.

Cold weather,spicy pav bhaji and scrabble with kids that pretty much wrapped my beautiful weekend.


Rina said...

Luv it dear..mouth watering!!!

Sreelu said...

Thanks Esther !!

Sathya Sankar said...

Pav bhaaji looks very delicious!

Sreelu said...

Thanks Satya !!

Sharmilee! :) said...

My fav chat anytime...looks super yumm

Srivalli said...

Looks wonderful Sreelu!

kitchen queen said...

delicious and tempting pav bhaji.

Chitra said...

My fav. looks yummy ..

Pavani said...

Yup, spring seems to be far far away even in the east coast. Pav bhaji looks delicious. Lovely pics.

foodblogandthedog said...

This sounds delicious! What spices are in the masala so I can give it a try? Thanks!!

Lin Ann said...

Terrific recipe! And from the farmer's market, perfect. I'm hoping for spring weather soon and all that wonderful produce our farmers' markets have to offer.

Spicie Foodie said...

Congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9!!! Your recipe is great and looks so delicious.

Daksha said...

yummmmmm......... and very easy bhaji recipe. congrats on the top 9! lovely blog, i like ur video indian team is rock world cup is our;))

Daksha said...

Lovelu blog, nice and easy bhaji congrats to top9! i like ur video;) indian team is rock the world cup is our:))

Sreelu said...

Thank you all for your compliments, it indeed was sweet to be featured in foodbuzz.

@foodblogandthedog, i usually buy store brought pav bhaji masala,sorry never tried making one at home, as store brought comes close if not better than home made. Pav bhaji masala can be found in indian stores and costs about $3.00 and lasts for a while.
Added link to amazon's mdh masala

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Your dish looks so delicious...amazing photos! Look forward to seeing your recipes.

Thanks for stopping by my SMS blog post on Honey Cream Caramels.

Carmen of Baking is my Zen

Soma said...

Looks marvelous! my hubby could eat this every day of the week :-) I bet the fresh ingredients made it taste all the more better.

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