Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Street food (Pav bhaji)

Street vendor's secret ingredient

Street food brings back memories of the wonderful time and food enjoyed by most college goers in India There were vendors serving  a variety of food from different parts of India and the world filling the air with delicious aromas! There was the Indian Chinese, the South Indian dosas and idlis, chaat and bhel of all kinds, ice coolers and ice-creams, samosas, and dabelis and then there was the pav bhaaji. Mixed vegetable all mashed up cooked in spices with guilty amounts of butter and served with bread and onions with more butter on top! I don't think I have the courage to add or cook in that much butter but I do love pav bhaaji so I make it at home at times. And it is healthy as it has plenty of vegetables and I cook it in little oil with just a touch of butter on top for flavor.


3 large boiled potatoes (mashed)

2 onions
3-4 medium tomatoes crushed
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
Mixed boiled vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, peas, beans, corn etc.)
Bell peppers chopped
Cilantro chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp coriander cumin powder
1tbsp pav bhaji masala
1tsp garam masala
3-4 cloves crushed
a little butter for flavor
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

 Heat some oil in a pan and add very finely chopped onion and ginger garlic paste. Cook till golden brown. Add the crushed cloves, tomatoes, salt and all the dry masalas. Cover and cook till oil starts leaving the sides of the pan. Add all the boiled and mashed potatoes and the rest of the vegetables. Add a cup of water and continue to cook while mashing all the vegetables with a potato masher. Garnish with cilantro and lemon juice. Serve with grilled hamburger buns.

To complete the whole street food experience I also made some falooda. It is chilled flavored milk with special noodles, nuts, ice cream and fruits!

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