Classic Indian Street food favourites: Authentic Pav Bhaji

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Street food has come to occupy a prominent space on the menus in the global food industry. Right from market stalls to various luxury boutique hotels, everyone is now adding these fast, delicious snacks to their menu.

Even though curry is a national favourite in the UK, Londoners now want something more than curry when it comes to Indian food as a lot of them have travelled to India and tried the ‘real’ food there. If you have been to India, you will realise that Indian food goes far beyond curries. You most often find that
you end up liking the food served by the local vendor on the road far more than a three course meal at a posh restaurant. Many chefs have said that they can never recreate the magic that the local street vendor does, hence most of us land up having them on the streets and deal with the ‘Delhi Belly’ later. Visit our website for a whole rang of favourite indian street food dishes. 

One of the most popular street food's in Mumbai is Pav Bhaji which has now become a national favourite. It is an extremely simple dish - A bunch of mixed vegetables and potatoes mashed up together with lots of butter, garlic and spices served with buttered and spiced bun. Simple.

Here is the recipe for Pav Bhaji which you can easily make at home and I can promise it will taste as good as the local vendor in Mumbai.

 Ingredients needed (Serves 4)

•Boiled and Mashed Potatoes - 4

•Tomato - 2

•Pepper - 1

•Butter - 50 grams

•Pav Bhaji Masala (You can find it at any Indian store or make your own) - 2 tablespoons

•White Burger Buns - 4

•Salt - depends on you.

•Lemon - 1

•Onion - 1

•Garlic Paste - 1 tsp

•Fresh Coriander Leaves


Bhaji - The mashed vegetable mix

Heat up a shallow pan with 2 table spoons of butter

Fry finely chopped onions and garlic paste till they turn golden

Add the finely chopped peppers and tomato and cook it for about 5 - 7 mins

Then add the pave bhaji masala and salt and cook it in low heat with a lid to steam cook it.

Then add the potato mash and mix the whole paste together and sprinkle some water.

Let it cook for some more time on medium heat.

Add the lemon juice and sprinkle the fresh coriander leaves on top

Then add the rest of the butter on top and let it melt in the heat of the bhaji.

Pav - The buttered buns

Slice the buns from the centre

Heat some butter in a pan and then fry the buns in that butter

Sprinkle a pinch of pave bhaji masala on the buns.

Serve the buns with the bhaji with some chopped onions and fresh green chillies.


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