Khada pav bhaji is a variation of pav bhaji in which the vegetables are not mashed. The picture shows a khada bhaji sans onion and garlic, but I have posted the recipe with onion and garlic. I felt the "Sans onion and garlic" version also tasted equally good. However, there are many variations in Pav Bhaji, a famous Mumbai street food. Jains do not eat root vegetables and they prohibit potatoes, ginger, onion and garlic. Instead they substitute raw bananas for potatoes. The variations in pav bhaji are as follows:
PAV BHAJI - THE REGULAR ONE - CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK
JAIN PAV BHAJI - SANS POTATOES, GINGER, GARLIC,AND ONION. RAW BANANAS USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR POTATOES.
KHADA PAV BHAJI - THE VEGETABLES ARE NOT MASHED.
PEAS PAV BHAJI - HARA VATANA (DRIED GREEN PEAS) SOAKED OVERNIGHT AND TOMATOES.
CHEESE PAV BHAJI - REGULAR ONE WITH TOPPED CHEESE.
PANEER PAV BHAJI - REGULAR ONE ALONGWITH GRATED PANEER.
AND SO ON.
AND SO ON.
Pav bun - 2 packets
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp.
Tomato - 1
Onion - 2 ( 1 for bhaji) and (1 for topping)
Potato - 100 gms
Cauliflower -100 gms
Carrot - 1
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp.
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp.
Pav bhaji masala- 2 tsp.
Butter -1 ladle
Salt - as per taste
Lime - 1
Coriander leaves - few
Clean, peel the potatoes and chop all the vegetables into small pieces.
Boil all the vegetables (except capsicum) alongwith salt till soft and keep aside.
Heat butter in a pan, add cumin seeds and when it sizzles, add onions and ginger-garlic paste. Saute till transparent. Then add capsicum and fry for a while till the colour changes. Add tomatoes, little salt and saute for a while. Now add all the boiled vegetables, chilli powder and saute well. Add little water to get the desired consistency and allow it to a boil. Finally, add pav bhaji masala, and cook till the spices are infused and everything is mixed well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Slit pav buns into two. Heat a pan, put a spoon of butter in it and quickly toast the pav buns on both sides, so that the butter is coated on all sides.
Cut a lime into four. Chop onions finely and place the cut lime pieces on top.
Serve hot with bhaji and onions.