Pav Bhaji (Indian Curry)
I made this after trying different methods over a few years. It all came together so well. The flavor and texture was amazing. You really need to add water at the end and not be scared that it will ruin the dish, it will not! You need a fairly runny consistency for the best pav bhaji. Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, and fresh cilantro if desired. Serve with toasted white bread or bread rolls.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2tablespoons oil, divided
- 1large onion, grated
- ¾teaspoon salt, or as needed
- 5cloves garlic, grated
- 1¼ cups water, or more as needed
- 2teaspoons pav bhaji masala, divided
- 1(14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2small potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 3tablespoons canned sweet corn, drained
- 1teaspoon mild chile powder
- 1teaspoon ground coriander
- 1pinch ground ginger
- ½teaspoon lemon juice
- 1tablespoon unsalted butter, or more to taste
Step 1Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt; fry until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 4 minutes. Pour in 1 cup water. Add 1 teaspoon pav bhaji masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.
Step 2Add tomatoes, potatoes, and corn to the saucepan. Season with chile powder, coriander, and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Mash curry gently with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Simmer for 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala and lemon juice. Mash slightly again.
Step 3Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to give curry a runny consistency. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter; stir until butter is melted. Divide into serving bowls and sprinkle remaining pav bhaji masala on top.