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Friday, January 1, 2010
PAV BHAJI (My own easy technique)
Mode - Microwave
Time - preparation -20 minutes, microwave -20 minutes
Utensils - (1) Microwave safe big glass bowl
(A) 3 medium potatoes, 3 medium onion, 10-12 garlic cloves, 2 big tomatoes, 1/2 capsicum, 1/2 carrot, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas,
(B)1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp oil, salt to test, 1 tbsp pavbhaji masala, kashmiri mirch powder ( for colour),
(C) For serving - pav bhaji bread, finely chopped onion, finely chopped coriander, lemon
(1) Pock potatoes with knife and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Pour plenty of water in it and then remove all water. Cover and microwave on high power for 3 minutes, then turn potatoes and spray some water on it. Again cover and microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes. After 5 minutes standing time remove from oven.
(2)Take big carrot pieces and green peas in a glass bowl.Pour some water in it, cover and microwave on high power for 3 minutes. After 5 minutes standing time remove from oven.
(3)Make rough paste of onion pieces and garlic in mixer. Make rough paste of tomatoes in mixer. Chop capsicum.
(4)In a big microwave safe glass bowl take oil and half of butter, onion-garlic paste, mix and microwave on high power for 3 minutes. add capsicum and microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, salt, pavbhaji masala, kashmiri mirch powder, mix well and microwave on high power for 5-6 minutes. Masala is ready now
(5)Peel potatoes. Mash potatoes and cooked carrot and mix in masala. Mash again with masher. Put cooked peas with water in it. Add some more water and microwave on high power for 4-5 minutes. Mix remaining butter and half of the chopped coriander in it. This Pav bhaji is sufficient for 4 people.
(6)For serving - cut bread, spread butter on both sides, slightly grill or toast on griddle (on gas). serve hot pav bhaji with griled bread, chopped onion, chopped coriander, lemon.
Aai's special tips -
(1)making rough paste of onions and tomatoes in mixer (instead of cutting)will save your time as well as your task.
(2)When you put something in microwave for cooking, your hands are free, so you can do another things like cutting, chopping, grinding etc. at the same time. In this way you can do 2 or 3 things at a time and finish your cooking very fast.