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I can't believe that I never actually made pav bhaji myself until now, since it is fairly easy to whip up. The only exotic ingredient you really need to make an authentic pav bhaji is a "pav bhaji masala" and you are good to go. Most Indian stores sell the spice mixture already made, but you can also make your own. My recipe is a bit westernized because I try to work with ingredients that you can buy from a regular grocery or health food store. I also like it on the dry side since it is less messy to eat.
Pav Bhaji Sandwiches Recipe (vegan)
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 3 TB mild oil
- 1 TB minced garlic (or hing)
- 1 TB grated ginger
- 2-3 TB pav bhaji masala (You can make your own by using this recipe right here.)
- 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
- 2 cup of cauliflower florets (the smaller, the better)
- 1 cup each: frozen green peas, finely shredded carrots, and finely shredded cabbage
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 1/4 lemon
- dash pepper
- hamburger or dinner rolls (the whiter and more processed, the better!)
- garnishes: fresh chopped tomato, chopped fresh cilantro, onions, etc.
- Boil and mash potatoes. Set aside.
- In a large saute pan, heat oil and add garlic, ginger and pav bahji masala. Saute for a minute and then add tomatoes.
- Add florets and saute for a few minutes then add carrots and cabbage. When they begin to soften add peas. The veggies should be all mushy and evenly soft.
- When the vegetables are all very tender, add mashed potatoes, salt, and pepper and squeeze lemon top. Stir until all are well combined.
- Generously spread Earth Balance on all sides of rolls and fry their insides until crispy and golden brown.
- Stuff each bun with your bhaji mixture and top with garnishes, if any. Personally, I don't think it needs any, but if you want to be fancy and authentic, go for it