I remember the days when i was staying in Mumbai, India and used to travel 1 hour to reach my hotel in the other side of the city. I used to find 1000s of commuters lined up near 100s of small shacks selling Pao Bhaji, the staple of Maharashtra. It is a fabulous dish prepared with lot of vegetables and buns. Now a days it is one of the popular Indian snack to be served in 5 star hotels’ restaurants in India and abroad.
2 cup: Mixed vegetables (any vegetable) chopped fine
1 cup: Boiled potatoes-chopped fine
1 cup: Onions-grated
1 tsp: Chopped cloves of garlic
1 tsp: Chopped ginger
1 cup: Tomato rough chopped
½ cup: Tomato puree (if not available, use tomato ketchup)
2 tsp: Cumin seeds
½ tsp: Turmeric
1 tsp: Pav bhaji masala (pick it up from any grocery store)
½ tsp: red chily powder
1 tbsp: Salt
6 pcs: Pav breads (typical burger buns which are made in a small tray and all of them are stuck together)
6 tbsp: Butter for the bread
½ cup: Oil
Method of preparation
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, then the grated onion and sauté till brown and fat separates.
Add the mixed vegetables and potatoes and sauté first over high heat, then over low heat, till cooked throughly.
Add tomatoes and tomato puree, green chillies, turmeric, salt, pav bhaji masala, red chilly powder and continue cooking till the fat separates. Keep mashing the vegetables with the stirrer as it cooks.
To serve, heat some butter in a pan, slit the bread horizontally and lightly fry the inner of the bread in the butter till brown.
Serve with the vegetables (bhaji) and slice lemon, raw chopped onion and tomatoes(optional) .