"Food for me was a connecting link to my grandmother, to my childhood, to my past. And what I found out is that for everybody, food is a connector to their roots, to their past in different ways. It gives you security; it gives you a profile of who you are, where you come from." - Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
I have stopped counting the variations that can be made to Pav Bhaji. The other day, when I was all set to make pav bhaji, I discovered some baby portabella mushrooms. I thought that it could go well with all the veggies. Though the recipe is more or less the same as previous versions, I will still write it for the sake of continuity.
Mushroom Pav Bhaji
Scrambled vegetables with bread
Pressure cook -
1/2 cup green peas
1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
2 carrots, peeled
Soak for 4 hours
7 - 9 kashmiri chilies
1 cup water (or more as necessary)
Grind to fine paste
10 - 12 cloves of garlic
drained kashmiri chilies from above
2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
2 fresh mint leaves
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp Amul butter (more or less depending on your taste)
3/4 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup minced green bell peppers
3/4 cup minced baby portabella or button mushrooms
You will also need,
1/2 cup green peas (frozen ok)
4-5 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp pav bhaji Masala (I prefer Badshah brand)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
2 lemons, cut into wedges
1 red onion, chopped finely
1 tbsp cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped
A pinch of chaat masala
1 - 2 tbsp Amul butter
Pav or dinner rolls as needed, slit
1. Pressure cook vegetables. Peel potatoes. Mash the vegetables and set aside.
2. Heat oil and Amul butter.
3. Add red chili-ginger-garlic paste. Add onion, bell peppers. Saute for 10 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes & mushrooms. Saute for 10 more minutes on a low flame.
4. Add pav bhaji masala. Sauté for another 5 minutes.
5. Add mashed vegetables and 2 cups water. Bring to boil.
6. Add salt to taste, sugar. Mix well
7. Stir in whole green peas. Let it simmer.
8. Switch off the gas. Cover and set aside.
1. Use laadi pav for the authentic combo. I have used snappy sourdough bread from Whole Foods, in the above picture.