Pav Bhaji is a fast food dish from Maharashtra, consisting of a thick vegetable curry (bhaji) usually prepared in butter (I’ve used very less oil) and served with a soft bread roll (Pav). You can eat it in dinner, lunch or breakfast.
2 large Potato
200 gm French beans
100 gm Broccoli/Cauliflower
½ cup Peas
½ cup Pumpkin
2 large chopped Tomatoes
1 large chopped Onion
2 chopped Green Chillies
2 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds (rai)
1 1/2 Tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
Salt as per taste
Red chilli powder as per taste
4-5 Whole Wheat Pav
Chop all the Vegetables and put them in a pressure cooker (except Onion, Tomato and Chilli aside to fry later). Add 1 cup water or whatever quantity is required to fully immerse the vegetables. Add salt, and pressure cook for about 10-12 minutes or till vegetables become soft.
Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
In another pan heat Olive Oil in another pan, fry the Onion and then add Green Chillies and Tomatoes. Cook till soft. Add pav bhaji masala and Coriander powder, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Add the mashed vegetables to the pan and cook on high flame for a minute. If you want thick bhaji then reduce the flame and simmer until it gets thick.
Heat a nonstick tawa and put Pav on it without using oil or butter and dry roast for a minute.
Serve with hot whole wheat pav and garnished with chopped Onions and Lemon wedges.
If you don’t have Pav Bhaji masala then add 2 Tbsp garam masala with 1 tsp dry mango powder.
You can also grill Pav using butter.
You can substitute potato with pumpkin to increase nutrition.
You can easily buy Pizza base from market, but you can never be sure on its quality and hygiene, so why not make it at home. To improve the nutritional value of your favourite pizza, make it by using Whole-Wheat flour. Using half whole-wheat flour and half all-purpose flour yields a light crust and distinctive taste.
1 cup Whole-Wheat flour
1 cup All-Purpose flour or Refined flour
2¼ tsp Yeast
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Sugar
¾ cup luke warm Water
1 tsp Olive Oil or any other Oil
In a bowl add little Water, Sugar and Yeast and leave it to activate for 20-25 minutes or till you see bubbles in it.
In a large bowl combine Whole-Wheat flour, all-purpose flour, Salt and Oil mix well. Now add Water(as required) to make a smooth, soft and non-sticky dough.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap or muslin cloth and leave for about 1-1½ hours.
Now divide dough into equal portions and roll them according to thickness that you want. Make some holes in it using a fork or tooth pick.
Place base on baking tray and bake for about 5-6 minutes on 200 degree celsius in a pre-heated oven.
Add cheese and topping of your choice and enjoy your pizza. Alternatively you can store it in refrigerator for 1-2 days.
After making and rising the dough place it in refrigerator overnight and let it out an hour before shaping the dough. This allows gluten to digest carbohydrates and improves flavour and browning of crust.
To add more flavour to your base mix your favourite herbs and spices in melted butter and brush them on pizza base in last 1-2 minutes of baking.
Rolling out perfect round base requires a lot of practice so don’t worry about shape too much and enjoy taste of your pizza. You’ll definitely get round base after some practice (even I don’t get a perfect round shape).