ORIGIN STORY

Pav Bhaji

  • What is Pav Bhaji?
  • Pav Bhaji is a spicy preparation with a mixture of vegetables, consumed with warm bread gently or crispy fried in butter. Pav Bhaji originated in the 1850s, as a quick fix meal for Mumbai’s textile mill workers, but it’s now a fast food favourite..
  • Discovery
  • Pav Bhaji was invented as a midnight dish by street food vendors, made with all the leftover vegetables from the day, mashed up together, with loads of added spice, and butter. Bhaji is the Marathi word for a vegetable dish, and pav probably comes from the Portuguese word for bread.
  • Look and taste
  • A mixture of vegetables, which are mashed with the back of a ladle, or a potato masher, with a rich red-orange colour from the spice mixture. Pav Bhaji is a flavourful combination of spicy and tangy, and is eaten with raw onions, a squeeze of lime and a dollop of butter.
  • Preparation
  • The vegetable mix can vary based on season and availability, but generally includes cauliflower, peas, potatoes and carrots, which are usually parboiled before being cooked with the spices and MTR Pav Bhaji masala

 

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