I still remember when the trend of Paav Bhaaji came to my town. I was in Elementary school and I loved the flavors and so did everyone in the family. The funny thing was that all of a sudden Paav Bhaaji became a favorite dish for all. Now I have never been to the roadside stalls to eat Paav Bhaaji, though I somewhere always wanted to, but the small town I belonged wasn’t very apt with women standing on roadside eateries during those days. While writing this, I feel as if it was centuries ago, but honestly it was just a few decades ago and the amazing thing is that my small town has changed so much in the last few years that it’s exciting as well as scary. See, small cities have their own magic. People are friendlier, have more time in hand and almost everyone knows everyone. From that time where I would meet 50 people in a radius of one mile to now meeting almost the same number, but with the warmth missing.
Anyways, coming back to Paav Bhaaji. So, my father would always bring it home as a take away and we would all love it to the core. Slowly, my mom started getting Pav bhaaji masala and we would enjoy home made Paav bhaaji. So, my home made Paav bhaaji masala is my mother’s recipe.
I had tried my hands at Paav Bhaaji multiple times and always loved every bite of it. Though my mother used so many different veggies like cauliflower and carrots for her Paav Bhaaji, I only stick to Potato and Bell pepper, making it closer to the original flavors.
The Paav are also homemade. They are pretty easy as well. If you follow the recipe properly, you will be able to make these pillow soft amazing buns at home. You can serve the buns with anything, but as Paav with Bhaaji, they just seem to taste super amazing. To make them taste more delicious, split the buns, spread some butter and sprinkle some Paav Bhaaji masala on them and toast them on the Tava/ Pan.
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Homemade Buns / Paav – Haala’s Dastarkhaan
|Prep Time||15 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
- 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp Fennel powder
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper [whole]
- 3-4 No. Green Cardamoms
- 4-5 No. cloves
- 7-8 No. Dry Red whole chilies
- 2-3 No. Cinnamon sticks small to medium size
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Amchur powder
- 2 cups Onions chopped
- 1 No. Green Bell pepper
- 1/2 cup Peas Fresh or frozen
- 4 No. Potatoes boiled and mashed
- 1.5 cup Tomatoes chopped
- 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
- 2 tbsp Kasoori methi
- 2 tbsp olive oil Or any other oil of your choice
- 2 tbsp Butter preferably unsalted
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- A hot/warm snack like this is amazingly tasty and loved by people of all ages. Pair it up with homemade Paav. Home made Paav https://haalasdastarkhaan.com/blog/homemade-buns-paav/
- This recipe is easy and unbelievably delicious.
- Dry Roast the dry spices. Add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, cloves, Dry Red chilies, fennel seeds, cinnamon and black pepper corns.
- Once roasted, let them cool down.
- Grind the roasted spices to a fine powder.
- Add Turmeric powder and Amchoor powder to the dry powder and mix well. This Paav bhaaji Masala can be kept in an air tight container in a cool place and can be used for up to 6 months.
- Add oil to a pan. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Add onions, bell pepper and peas. I used frozen peas, but you can always use fresh. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stir continuously.
- Add Tomatoes and stir for another minute.
- Add the boiled potatoes and mix everything well. Mash everything well too.
- Add 2-3 tsp of the paav bhaaji powder we made along with salt and coriander powder. Also add Kasoori Methi.
- Mix everything well and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add butter to the paav bhaaji and stir and cook a little more.
- You can slice the bun to half, apply butter and cook alongside the bhaaji. If you like being a little more adventurous, you can sprinkle a little paav bhaaji masala to the buns as well. It adds a little flavor from the bhaaji to the buns making them more delicious.
- Serve them hot.
- Get the recipe for Homemade buns/ Paav https://haalasdastarkhaan.com/blog/homemade-buns-paav/