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pav bhaji recipe (stovetop & instant pot)


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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total: 40 minutes

Servings: 5


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Step 1

Rinse, peel and chop the veggies. You will need 1 cup chopped cauliflower, 1 cup chopped carrot, 3 medium sized potatoes (chopped) and ⅓ cup chopped french beans. You can also add veggies of your choice.

Step 2

Add all the above chopped veggies in a 2 litre pressure cooker. Also add 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen).

Step 3

Add 2.25 to 2.5 cups water.

Step 4

Pressure cook the veggies for 5 to 6 whistles or for about 12 minutes on medium flame.

Step 5

When the pressure settles down on its own, open the cooker and check if the veggies are cooked well. You can even steam or cook the veggies in a pan. The vegetables have be to cooked completely.

Step 6

Heat a pan or kadai. You can also use a large tawa. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons butter. You can use amul butter or any brand of butter. Butter can be salted or unsalted.

Step 7

As soon as the butter melts, add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

Step 8

Let the cumin seeds crackle and change their color.

Step 9

Then add ½ cup finely chopped onions.

Step 10

Mix onions with the butter and saute on a low to medium flame till the onions translucent.

Step 11

Then add 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste. You can also crush 1.5 inch ginger and 5 to 6 medium garlic cloves in a mortar-pestle.

Step 12

Mix and saute till the raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.

Step 13

Then add chopped green chilies. Mix well.

Step 14

Now add 2 cups finely chopped tomatoes. Mix very well.

Step 15

Then begin to sauté tomatoes on a low to medium heat.

Step 16

Saute till the tomatoes become soft and mushy and you see butter releasing from the sides. This takes about 6 to 7 minutes on a low to medium flame. If the tomatoes start sticking to the pan, then sprinkle some water and mix well.

Step 17

When the tomatoes have softened, then add ½ cup finely chopped capsicum (green bell pepper). Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. If the mixture starts sticking to the pan, then you can sprinkle some water. You don’t need to cook the capsicum till very soft. A little crunch is alright.

Step 18

Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder.

Step 19

Then add 2 to 3 tablespoons pav bhaji masala. mix very well.

Step 20

Add the cooked veggies. Add all of the stock or water from the pressure cooker in which the veggies were cooked. Mix very well.

Step 21

Then season with salt as per taste.

Step 22

With a potato masher, begin to mash the veggies directly in the pan.

Step 23

You can mash the veggies less or more according to the consistency you want. For a smooth mixture mash more. For a chunky pav bhaji, mash less.

Step 24

Keep on stirring occasionally and let the bhaji simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 25

If the bhaji looks dry and then add some more water. The consistency is neither very thick nor thin.

Step 26

Do stir often so that the bhaji does not stick to the pan. When the pav bhaji simmers to the desired consistency, check the taste. Add salt, pav bhaji masala, red chili powder or butter if required.

Step 27

When the bhaji is simmering, you can fry the pav so that you serve the pav with hot bhaji. Slice the pavs.

Step 28

Switch on the instant pot. Press the sauté button on less mode. Add 2 tablespoons butter in the ip steel insert.

Step 29

When the butter melts, add cumin seeds and let them splutter and change color. Then add finely chopped onions and sauté onions till they soften.

Step 30

Next add the ginger-garlic paste and green chillies. Mix and sauté for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

Step 31

Then add chopped tomatoes and chopped capsicum. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.Add the chopped veggies and green peas.

Step 32

Add ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 to 1.5 teaspoons kashmiri red chilli powder. If using any other red chili powder or cayenne pepper, then you can add less of it. Also, add salt as per taste.

Step 33

Mix everything very well. Add water and stir.

Step 34

Press the cancel button. Now press the pressure cooker/manual button and set time to 7 minutes on high pressure.

Step 35

When the beep sound is heard and the pressure cooking is complete, do a quick pressure release (qpr). When all the pressure is released, open the lid.

Step 36

Using a napkin or oven mittens, remove the steel insert from the instant pot. Place it on your kitchen counter.

Step 37

With a potato masher, begin to mash the cooked vegetables. Mash very well. You can even use an immersion blender and puree the veggies. Just make a semi-fine puree.

Step 38

Now add 2 tablespoons pav bhaji masala and 1 to 2 tablespoons butter. You can skip the butter if you want. Mix very well.

Step 39

Place the steel insert pan in the IP. Press the cancel button and then press the sauté button on normal mode. Set the timer to 3 to 5 minutes or more.

Step 40

Simmer the bhaji for a few minutes, till it thickens a bit and you get the desired consistency. Stir often, so that the bhaji does not stick to the bottom. If the bhaji looks very thick, then add some water.

Step 41

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. Mix very well. Do check the taste and add salt, butter, kashmiri red chili powder or pav bhaji masala if required. Cancel and keep the IP on warm mode.

Step 42

Heat a skillet or a shallow frying pan. Keep the flame to a low and then add butter.

Step 43

When the butter begins to melt, add a bit of pav bhaji masala. You can skip pav bhaji masala if you want.

Step 44

Mix the pav bhaji masala very well with a spoon or spatula.

Step 45

Then place the pav on the butter.

Step 46

Rotate the pav all over the melted butter so that the pav absorbs the butter.

Step 47

Now turn over the pav and rotate them on the tawa so that the second side absorbs the butter. Add more butter if required.

Step 48

You can turn over and toast them more if required. Then remove in a plate and keep aside.

Step 49

Take the bhaji in a serving plate or a bowl. Top it up with one to two cubes of butter. You can add more butter, if you like.

Step 50

Place a side of finely chopped onions, lemon wedges and finely chopped coriander leaves. Or you can sprinkle onions, coriander leaves and lemon juice directly on the bhaji.

Step 51

Serve bhaji with the lightly pan fried and buttered pav. Pav bhaji is topped with chopped onions, coriander leaves and the lime or lemon juice is squeezed on the bhaji while eating.

Step 52

Refrigerate only the bhaji (vegetable gravy without any toppings of onions, coriander and lemon juice) in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.

Step 53

Reheat in a small pan. If the bhaji looks thick, mix in some water to loosen it a bit and reheat.

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