Whether you are celebrating a birthday or a wedding, Pav Bhaji is a classic dish that you will enjoy no matter where you go. However, do you want to give your classic Pav Bhaaji a twist by adding some tweaks?
Pav Bhaji can be a great way to add flavor and variety to your party menu. However, if you want to make it even more special, try adding a classic recipe. For example, you can add roasted vegetables or paneer cubes or a dash of Schezwan sauce to your recipe to make it spicy and delicious.
In this blog, we will help you add a little zing to your Pao Bhaji using available ingredients.
What is Pav Bhaji?
This dish is a mix of vegetables and spices mashed together and served with a soft roll called Pav. The vegetables can vary depending on what is in season, but it usually contains potatoes, tomatoes, peas, and onions. Bhaji is the Hindi word for vegetable curry, so this dish is essentially a Mumbai street food version of vegetable curry. It’s often eaten as a late-night snack or meal.
Pav Bhaji’s interesting fact
Served with Pav, a type of bread, Pao Bhaji is a popular Indian street food dish that consists of mashed vegetables. A street vendor in Mumbai is believed to have created this dish in the 1850s by mixing mashed potatoes with peas and spices.
Traditionally, pav bhaji is made with vegetables and spices.
The traditional recipe is made with cauliflower, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, butter, and spices. The vegetables are cooked until they are soft, then mashed together and simmered in butter. The mixture is served with Pav (bread rolls) and chutney. Pav Bhaji is a hearty dish that is perfect for breakfast or dinner.
A few innovative chefs have added paneer or cheese to the pav bhaji recipe, resulting in delicious new dishes.
One chef who has experimented with this variation is Raghu Deora from Mumbai. He has created a Paneer Pav Bhaaji dish, which consists of paneer cheese cubes cooked in a bhaji gravy. Another chef, Vivek Surti from Ahmedabad, has created a Cheese Pao Bhaji dish, which contains grated cheese instead of paneer cubes. Both of these dishes are proving to be popular with customers.
This classic recipe can be given an interesting twist by adding schezwan sauce, paneer or cheese. As these ingredients aren’t in the original recipe, they make a great twist on the classic pao bhaji recipe.
Recipe for classic pao bhaji
-1 onion, chopped
-1 green bell pepper, chopped
-3 boiled potatoes, mashed
-1 cup of other vegetables of your choice
-1 cup of tomato puree (homemade or canned)
-2 tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil
-1 teaspoon cumin seeds
-1 teaspoon pav bhaji masala
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-Juice of 1 lemon
-Salt and pepper to taste
-1 block of pav bhaji bread
-block of butter
1. Heat the ghee or oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and paav bhaji masala and cook for 1 minute. Add the onions and bell peppers and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
2. Add the garlic and mashed potatoes, and tomato puree. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. You will start getting an aromatic smell. Cook until everything is soft and mushy.
3. Now, take a potato masher and mash the curry till they are combined.
4. Add lemon juice, freshly chopped coriander leaves, and salt dash.
5. Roast pav bread on Tawa with a dollop of butter.
6. Serve hot and relish!
Variations of Pav Bhaji
Paneer Pav Bhaji: In this variation, the paneer is cooked until soft and then mixed in with the paav bhaji ingredients. It’s a great option if you want something more substantial than the cheese version.
Cheese Pav Bhaji: This is the perfect variation for those who like their pav bhaaji with a bit of cheese flavor. The cheese is mixed in during the last few minutes of cooking so that it gets nice and melted.
Schezwan Pao Bhaji Combination: If you’re looking for an extra-special dish, try combining the two versions together. Start with the cheese Pav Bhaji recipe, then add in some cooked Schezwan chicken before serving.
Interestingly, adding a twist to your classic pav bhaji can be a great success for your party. Be sure to try out different variations and find the one that best suits your needs. Whether you’re looking for something spicy or something sweet, there’s sure to be a pav bhaji recipe that’s perfect for you. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!