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.
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 tbsp melted
milk powder 1/4/cup
milk 2 tbsp
carrots 1 peeled
cauliflower florets 2 cups
bell pepper 1 chopped
peas 1/2 cup
green beans 1/2 cup chopped
potatoes 2 russet potatoes or 6 regular potatoes
oil 4 tsp
butter 5 tbsp + more for heating pav
onion 1 cup chopped
tomato 1 cup chopped
ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
pav bhaji masala 3 tsps
red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
dhaniya powder 1 tsp
jeera powder 1/2 tsp
garam masala 1 tsp
salt to taste
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, milk powder, all purpose flour lil by lil and mix into a sticky dough.
Knead this dough for 10 mins so that the dough comes together as a smooth ball.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled container (can smear it with 2 tsp of olive oil).
Cover the dough with a wet paper towel/plastic wrap.
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.
Line an oven safe tray with parchment paper.
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.
Brush the pav with some milk to get a nice golden brown color.
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.
Cook potatoes, green beans, carrots, cauliflower florets till well done.
Drain the water/broth (save this broth for use later in the bhaji) and mash the veggies.
Grind the tomatoes in a mixie without adding any water and set aside.
In a pan heat oil + 2 tbsp butter, add onion, bell pepper.
Cook till onion is translucent.
Add ginger garlic paste, tomato juice, pav bhaji masala powder, red chilly powder, garam masala, dhaniya powder, jeera powder and salt.
Cook till everything comes together and oil separates from the sides of the pan.
Add the mashed veggies, lil water (can use the veggie broth saved earlier) to adjust the consistency, 3 tbsp butter and mix well.
Continue to cook for 5 mins on low flame.
Bhaji is now ready to be served.
Garnish the bhaji with some raw onions, finely chopped cilantro and a piece of lemon.
Serve hot with pav bread.