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Pav Bhaji

Ingredients :
1. Cauliflower - 2 cups, cleaned and chopped
2. Potatoes - 1 cup, cubed
3. Capsicum/green bell pepper - 1, minced
4. Tomato paste - 1 cup (or fresh tomato puree - 1.5 cups)
5. Peas - 1/2 cup
6. Ginger garlic paste - 2 tspn
7. Turmeric powder - a pinch
8. Red chilly powder - 2 tspn
9. Pav bhaji masala - 1.5 tbsp (I used Kohinoor)
10. Vegetable oil - 1 tbspn
11. Butter - 1 tbsp and slightly more
12. Onions - 1/2 cup, minced
13. Coriander leaves - a bunch, minced

Steps To Cook :

1. Pressure cook the cauliflower and potatoes till tender.

2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and saute the capsicum. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for another 20 seconds.

3. Add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, some salt and saute for a few more seconds.

4. Now add the tomato paste, peas, boiled potatoes and cauliflower, pav bhaji masala and butter.

5. Keep sauteeing and mashing it together till it is a smooth mixture, adding water as required. I used a potato masher like Nupur suggested and it worked like a charm. This is the step where you need a lot of patience. Do this saute-mix-mash step for about 25-30 minutes. When you try it, change the spice level according to your taste.

6. Serve with pav if you are lucky enough to get it where you are. I served with buns. But it had to do. Slice it into half, dab on a generous amount of butter and toast it lightly. Serve the bhaji with some chopped onions, lemon wedges and coriander leaves on top.


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