Paneer Pav Bhaji is my new found love and driving lil’M to school is my re-found love. I pass the same road every day and I find it new every time. May be that is what life is all about….seeing new and living each day by charm. These days I am driving Lil’M to school. After so many years, I started driving again. I love driving as it always makes me feel less dependent and more independent.
The tiny little hands of Lil’M hugging from back while driving makes me feel happy and confident. Passing the same road every day, I see people running to catch a bus, grabbing a quick bite in auto, playing candy crush or listening music in cab, children holding hands of their parents or caretakers or jumping around waiting for school van to arrive. Tempo unloading fresh vegetables and fruits…. shop keepers cleaning shops with half shutter open. Tea stalls, where cups of tea is made and served to the flowing crowd, water tankers racing by giving me a mere heartache, constructions workers lying on the pile of sand, looking at the progress of work and chit chatting…..Through the morning is humid, cool breeze and nostalgic scenic beauty around lifts my spirits….
On the way back I picked up fresh vegetables, which has become quite a routine these days….I thought of making some mix and mash as to go with the mood of the morning…. Pav Bhaji is an assortment of healthy vegetables and exotic taste. This staple food that originated in Mumbai street corners has rich nutritional value and perfectly highlights its cosmopolitan background. When we think of Pav Bhaji we think of potato and peas, as the Bhaji mainly comprises of these two essential items. But I have transformed this side dish into more of a main course, by adding grated paneer. There can be numerous possible variations on the theme of our luscious Paneer Pav Bhaji recipe which you can try at home to your heart’s content. But if you want to take a break from your home cooking, then explore options on restaurants that provide delicious taste with equal health benefit. Hence, Foodpanda, an online marketplace is a fantastic outlet, where you can get your hands on your favorite restaurant dishes. So, grab on to coupons for Foodpanda, that help you save money through heavy discounts on your most preferred food choices. Before I dig into plateful of yum paneer pav bhaji, here is the recipe for you…..
Paneer Pav Bhaji
- 5 medium sized Potatoes, (washed, peeled and boiled)
- 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 Onion, finely slices
- 2 Green chilies
- 1 Carrot, peeled and boiled)
- ½ cup Cauliflower florets
- ½ cup grated Paneer
- 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
- ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp. Pav Bhaji Masala
- ½ tbsp. Garam Masala
- 2 tbsp. minced fresh Coriander leaves
- 1 tbsp. Butter
- Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add cauliflower florets along with pinch of salt and turmeric. Turn off the flame and after 2 minutes drain and set aside.
- Fry sliced onions in 3 tbsp. of oil in a heavy bottom cooking vessel. When the onions turn translucent add chopped tomatoes, green chilies, red chili powder and turmeric. Fry until sliced tomato pieces turn soft.
- Now add boiled potatoes, carrots and cauliflower florets. Mash gently using potato masher. Add grated paneer along with 1 cup of water and mix by adding pav bhaji masala and garam masala.
- Let this simmer on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Add salt, butter and minced coriander leaves. Cook for another five minutes.
- Garnish with blob of butter and fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with pav, lemon wedges and chopped onions.
- Add love to make this paneer pav bhaji taste more ‘Yummy’.
Slit 2 pavs vertically and lightly brush the inner side with butter. Heat tava/pan and place these pavas on it until the side turn nice brown.