One-Pot Wonders

Instant Pot Pav Bhaji

June 23, 2020
Photo by WarriorInTheKitchen
Author Notes

Pav Bhaji consists of “bhaji” (a mixture of vegetables including potatoes, eggplant and/or zucchini, peas, onions, etc.) seasoned with flavorful Indian spices like red chili powder (laal marchu), turmeric (hardar) and paprika. —WarriorInTheKitchen

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 12 minutes
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 whole dry chili peppers
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, coarsely cubed
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Press "Saute" mode on Instant Pot. Heat avocado oil and whole spices.
  2. Add onions and tomatoes and saute until onions are translucent.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, crushed tomatoes, salt, paprika, red chili powder, turmeric, pav bhaji spice pack, garam masalo. Add 1 cup water. Mix well. Let gravy cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent gravy from burning.
  4. Add all the vegetables and mix well with gravy.
  5. Add the remaining water and mix well. Water level should be about 3/4 to the top of the veggies, so adjust as necessary.
  6. Close lid of Instant Pot and press 'Cancel' and then press "Steam" and adjust time to 12 minutes. Set valve to 'Sealing' mode.
  7. Once the Instant Pot completes the cycle, it will beep. Either switch the valve to 'Venting' position (be careful as steam will come out of the top of the IP), or allow the Instant ot to manually vent. Carefully open the lid once it is safe to do so.
  8. Using a potato masher or handheld immersion blender, mash all the cooked veggies and mix well to incorporate with the gravy.
  9. Serve with buttered and toasted bread. For a low carb and gluten-free option, you can serve on romaine or butter lettuce. Garnish with chopped cilantro, lemon and finely chopped onions. Notes

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