Pav bhaji is Indian comfort food at it's best. Bread (pav) fried in butter is served with vegetables (bhaji) cooked with fragrant spices that taste like heaven reincarnated in a frying pan and will make your kitchen smell like an Indian market -- in a good way. —Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room
For the bhaji
cauliflower, chopped into small florets
carrot, finely chopped
potato, finely chopped
butter, plus more for serving if desired (Preferably Amul butter)
onion, finely chopped
cloves galic, crushed
red chili powder
tomato, finely chopped
pav bhaji masala
Salt to taste
cilantro, finely chopped
Juice from 1 lime
For the pav
hot dog buns cut crosswise, or dinner rolls cut through the middle
In a large pot, add the cauliflower, carrot, and potato. Pour enough water to cover the vegetables by an inch, and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, lower the heat and let it simmer until the vegetables are very soft, about 25 minutes. Set aside.
Heat the butter and oil in a large pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onions are transparent, about 5 minutes.
Add the chilli and turmeric powder to the pan and give it a stir to mix well. Add the tomatoes, and simmer till the oil separates.
Add the boiled potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower the mix. Add the pav bhaji masala and black salt then mash the vegetables using a heat-proof spatula or a potato masher.
Let it cook for another 5 minutes and add salt if needed, then take it off the heat.
Just before serving, add cilantro, butter (optional) and lime juice. Serve hot with the warm pav.
For the pav
Generously butter the buns on the exposed side and fry it , buttered side down, on a pan kept on medium flame. When golden brown, flip over and fry for a minute or two.
An Indian food-writer with a penchant for cookbooks with obscure ingredients, Aysha spends most of her time adapting recipes from the world over in her small-town south-Indian kitchen with her mother, and recording the successful experiments at www.malabartearoom.com. When not tinkering about in the kitchen, she can be found reading up on possible Game of Thrones theories that will bring back Jon Snow.