Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pav bhaji dosa : Mumbai Street Food

This is a very interesting blend of South Indian & Mumbai Street food. Whenever I plan to make pav bhaji, I make the extra bhaji & will always make the pav bhaji dosa the next day. 

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hour, including bhaji preparation

For the bhaji:
Potatoes: 2 nos, medium sized
Cauliflower: 1 small
Green peas: A fistful
Carrot: 1 small
Tomato puree: About 2 to 2.5 cups
Onion: 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Capsicum: 2-3 tbsp, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste: 1.5 tsp
Green chillies: 2 nos, finely chopped
Chilli powder: 1 to 1.5 tsp
Pav bhaji masala: 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder: a big pinch
Oil: 1 tbsp
Butter: 1 tbsp
Salt: According to taste
Coriander leaves: 3 tbsp, finely chopped
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp

For the dosa:
Fermented dosa batter: 3 cups (refer the recipe here
Salt: As needed

For the garnish:
Finely chopped onions
Diced capsicum
Finely chopped coriander leaves

For the bhaji: (Bhaji preparation with step-by-step pictures can be found here)
  • Roughly chop the potatoes, cauliflower, & carrot. Add half a cup of water & 1/2 tsp of salt to the potatoes, cauliflower, carrot and peas. Pressure cook the veggies for 2 whistles.
  • Meantime, take a broad pan. Heat oil in the pan. When the oil is hot, throw in the capsicum & saute for a minute.
  • Add the onions & saute until the onions are soft.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste, green chillies & saute till the raw smell of the paste is gone (about a couple of minutes).
  • Add the tomato puree, turmeric, salt & red chilli powder. Allow it to boil for about 5 minutes on medium heat. The mixture starts spluttering, so keep a lid 3/4th covered.
  • Meantime, thoroughly mash the vegetables cooked in the pressure cooker.
  • Add the mashed vegetables, pav bhaji masala, half a cup of water & continue mashing, cooking & stirring it. The mixture keeps spluttering all over. So, it is better you handle it with a mitt.
  • Add the butter & keep mashing the mixture.
  • Finally add coriander leaves, lemon juice & mash it for another couple of minutes.
Making the dosa:
Add the salt to the batter (if not already added!) & mix well.
Heat a griddle/tava. When tava is hot enough, sprinkle couple of drops of oil & clean it with a tissue (Skip this if using non-stick tava).
Pour a ladle full of batter to the center of the griddle. Spread it in circular motion, clockwise.
Sprinkle few drops of oil & cook it covered on a medium heat. 

Pour a ladle full of bhaji to the center of the dosa.
Spread the bhaji evenly on the dosa.
Let it cook for 5-10 secs.
Sprinkle finely chopped onions, capsicum & coriander leaves.

Fold in the dosa.

Dig in hot with a chutney/dip of your choice.

For tips about the bhaji preparation, refer here.

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