Homemade Pav and Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a very popular snack found in Mumbai. Just a little history about Pav Bhaji back in the days this was a staple food, as men and women got busy working in the textile industry boom and had no time to cook. Bhaji was basically made with potatoes as the main ingredient.Many times for friday night dinner at my house we have only pav bhaji. Kids enjoy eating this finger food. Hence I make this using many other veggies along with some potatoes. This time around I tried my hand to make pav bread also at home. It is very easy to make. Only trick is to know exactly how to proof the yeast.

Ingredients

for pav

water 1 1/4 cups
active dry yeast 1 packet (2 1/4 tsps)
salt 1 tsp
sugar 2 tblsp
all purpose flour 3 cups + 1/2 cup
butter 3 tblsp melted

for bhaji

carrots 2 peeled
cauliflower florets 2 cups
bell pepper 1 chopped
peas 1/2 cup
green beans 1/2 cup chopped
potatoes 3 medium sized
Everest pav bhaji masala 3 tsps
red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
onion 1 cup chopped
tomatoes 1 cup chopped
garam masala 1 tsp
oil 4 tsps
butter 2 tblsp + more for heating pav

Method

for pav

Heat water in microwave for 40 secs to make it luke warm.
Add the yeast and sugar, mix and let sit inside the over to rise for 10 mins with light on for some heat.
To the yeast mixture, add salt, melted butter, all purpose flour lil by lil and mix into a sticky dough.
Knead this dough for 10 mins.
Cover the dough with a wet paper towel and let the dough rise for 1 hr and double in size, in a warm place (note: can keep inside oven with the lights turned on).
After the dough has become double its size, knead again for another 10 mins by punching it to remove all the air inside.
Grease and flour an oven safe tray.
Make the dough into small balls and arrange with some space between them in the oven safe tray.
Let it rise again for another 1 hr in a warm place.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degress Fahrenheit.
Bake this in the oven for 10-12 mins or till golden brown.
Note: the bread might be hard right after it comes out of the oven, dont worry they will become soft once they cool.
Place the pav bread on a cooling rack and let cool.
Then toast the pav bread with lil butter before serving with bhaji.

for bhaji

Cook potatoes, green beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower florets till well done.
Drain the water and mash the veggies.
In a pan heat oil, add onion, ginger garlic paste, tomatoes.
Cook till the tomatoes are mushy and oil leaves the sides of the pan.
Add the pav bhaji masala powder, red chilly powder, garam masala and salt.
Saute for another 2 mins, then add the mashed veggies, lil water and mix well.
Garnish the bhaji with some raw onions finely chopped and cilantro.
Serve hot with pav bread.

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