Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

4.6(81)

Settle in for the night with this delicious Indian street food dish. Perfectly cooked vegetables are spiced with pav bhaji masala, a fragrant blend of coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel, and cardamom. Piled atop a toasty, sweet bun, it’s sure to satisfy vegetarians and meat lovers alike!

Cook Time
53 minutes
Total Time
1 hr 28 min
Yield
6 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Make the pav bhaji masala: Add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, fennel seeds, and cardamom pods to a medium skillet. Turn the heat to medium and toast the spices for 3–5 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
2. Step
Transfer the toasted spices to a spice grinder and grind into a fine powder. Alternatively, use a mortar and pestle to grind the spices. Transfer the masala to an airtight container. It will keep for up to 6 months in a cool, dark place.
3. Step
Make the pav bhaji: In a small bowl, mix together the ginger and garlic.
4. Step
In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the potatoes, tomatoes, peas, the ginger-garlic paste, 1½ tablespoons pav bhaji masala, the turmeric, 1 tablespoon chile powder, ½ cup (120 ml) water, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir well. Add the paprika and cayenne and stir to combine. Turn the head to medium and cover the pot. Cook for 25–30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
5. Step
Uncover the pan and use a potato masher to mash the vegetables into a paste. The mixture will not be completely smooth, but all of the vegetables should be broken down as much as possible. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and set aside.
6. Step
Melt the butter in the same pot (no need to wipe out). Add the red onion, jalapeños, the tomato paste, cilantro, ½ tablespoon pav bhaji masala, remaining ½ tablespoon chile powder, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Cook for 5–8 minutes, until the onion is translucent and spices are fragrant.
7. Step
Return the potato mixture to the pot and stir well to combine. Continue mashing, adding the remaining ½ cup water, plus more as needed, until the mixture is thick, but pourable. Season with more salt to taste.
8. Step
Serve the pav bhaji with buttered, toasted buns, minced red onion, minced cilantro, lemon wedges, and more butter on top.
9. Step
Enjoy!

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