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Pav Bhaji or Pau Bhaji is an Indian snack food comprising of mashed vegetables and fried vegetables served on warm toasted bread or buns.
It’s absolutely delicious!
We recently had it for dinner with some Brioche Buns and it was incredibly filling.
It’s an easy weeknight or weekend meal, snack or lunch that will satisfy you with minimal effort.
Quick Pav Bhaji with Shan Masala
- 2 Bag Mixed Vegetables You can use fresh as per ingredients but I find a mixed bag of vegetables is easier
- 2 Chopped Garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp Oil
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 3 Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Chopped Pepper Optional
- 1 tbsp Shan Pav Bhaji Masala
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 Brioche Buns Per Person
- Butter As required
- Cut Potatoes into small pieces as these will need to be boiled along with the other mixed vegetables.
- Cut Garlic into small pieces.
- Add your mixed vegetables to the pot to be boiled. The Shan Pav Bhaji Masala packet instructions have a variety of vegetables you can buy to do this, but for portion control, we’ve found 1 bag of mixed vegetables for 2 people is enough for one serving.If you would like more for leftovers, add 2 packs as I did in the recipe video.
- Add all vegetables to a saucepan and add water to boil.Cook the vegetables on medium heat until the potatoes are fully cooked.
- Chop up onions into thin slices for frying.
- Chop up tomatoes for frying.
- Chop peppers into small cubed pieces.
- Our boiled vegetables should now be tender and the potatoes well cooked.Take the vegetables off the cooker, strain the boiled vegetables and mash into a pulp.Keep aside as we will need this later.
Frying the Vegetables
- Add oil into your frying pan on medium-high heat and wait for it to warm up.
- Add in your onions to be fried and stir frequently.
- When your onions are translucent, add Peppers and fry for a few minutes.
- Add in tomatoes and keep stirring until the tomatoes have gone soft and mixed with the other vegetables.
- After a while, the Onions, Tomatoes and Peppers should have softened enough and the mixture is firm but not soggy.
- Add 1 Tbsp of the Pav Bhaji Masala, it is quite strong so I’d advise starting with less until you have the taste you require.
- Add the boiled vegetables to the mixed vegetables, but on the Shan Pav Bhaji Masala it doesn’t say to mix them, but we have mixed for convenience.
Putting it together
- Butter your Brioche Buns and put them into a toaster, griddle pan or in this case George Forman grill to make the buns warm and toasted.
- Once your bread is toasted, add in the Pav Bhaji mixture to your bread and enjoy.
In the video, we showed that we put some cheese slices and Ching’s Schezwan Chutney on to the mixture, but this totally optional.
You can have the mixture with ketchup, chilli sauces or plain as it is.
It’s up to you!
We also used the George Foreman grill to warm up the Brioche Buns but you can use a frying pan with some oil, a griddle pan or grill.