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Pav bhaji

Pav bhaji

A delicious combination of your favourite vegetables made into a curry and served on a hot toasted bun – the perfect balance between snack and main course! The concept actually reminds me of a bunny chow, except that the bread is toasted and the flavours of the curry are quite unique.

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tbsp ghee/coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 medium sized soft-cooking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup baby green peas
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower (optional)
  • 1/3 cup diced green beans
  • 1 medium-sized green pepper, diced
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed green chillies
  • 1 Tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • 2-3 large tomatoes, pureed or chopped
  • Handful of chopped coriander for garnish
  • Buns toasted with butter (or vegan-friendly option)

 

Method

  1. Heat ghee/coconut oil in a pot on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and allow to brown. Then onions. Cook until slightly brown.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, baby green peas, cauliflower, green beans, green pepper and water.
  3. Flavour with ginger, garlic, green chillies, pav bhaji masala, garam masala, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  4. Once vegetables are halfway cooked, add tomatoes.  Once tomatoes are cooked, remove from heat and gently mash the vegetables to obtain a thicker texture. Garnish with chopped coriander.
  5. Slice the buns in half and toast with butter in a frying pan or snackwich toaster. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the vegetable curry mixture onto the toasted bun – and there you have it – pav bhaji!
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