Short Cut Pav Bhaji Recipe

Since my hubby dear Mrinal reaches home pretty late (being in advertising industry, it's pretty natural), I make it a point to cook the dinner post 10 pm. But at times, the laziness takes over and by the time its past nine pm, I do not feel like cooking a full course meal.

So this evening I bought some fresh pavs and decided to cook our favourite Pav Bhaji. However, Mrinal told me that he will not be able to reach home until midnight. So I kept postponing the cooking program and by 11 pm I was too bored to cook. Hence the shortcut pav bhaji recipe!
I avoided the elaborate vegetables list and restricted the ingredients to onions, tomatoes, frozen peas and boiled potatoes. And the fatafat pav bhaji did turn out to be as good as the regular one!!!

And now since I am too tired to write systematically, here's the shortcut form of preparation along with some tips ;)
  1. First of all, boil 3 medium sized potatoes along with half cup frozen peas until 3-4 whistles.
  2. Remove butter from the refrigerator so by the time it is required, it is molten enough.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and crush 3 cloves of garlic, finely chop some ginger, 3 medium sized onions and 4 medium sized tomatoes.
  4. Also, wash and finely chop fresh coriander.
  5. By this time, the potatoes would be boiled and remove the cooker from the stove. Don't waste time peeling them at this stage since you'll have time until the onions and tomatoes are cooked.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp tsp oil / butter in a pan.
  7. Add onions (leave some for final garnishing), ginger and garlic.
  8. Cook until the onions turn light brown. Meanwhile start peeling the potatoes.
  9. Add the tomatoes and peas. And while they cook, peel the remaining potatoes (time management at its peak!)
  10. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, pav bhaji masala, garam masala and jeera powder and mix well.
  11. After 2-3 mins, add the mashed potatoes.
  12. Mix them all well and add salt as per taste.
  13. Add some butter, mix well and then add half a cup of water.
  14. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves
While serving, add a dollop of butter, some lemon juice and some chopped onions.
Serve with a smile and lots of love!


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