Khada Pav Bhaji with Vegetable Chunks

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Khada pav bhaji has vegetable chunks instead of the smooth mashed bhaji. This is a variation of the popular Mumbai Pav bhaji and is also served by the street food carts in Mumbai.

kada pav bhaji recipe

Basically in this version, the chopped and cooked vegetables are kept intact and chunky. The veggies are not mashed. That’s it. The recipe for making khada pav bhaji, is same as the regular one.

I have had khada pav bhaji umpteen times in Mumbai. Since it is a favorite dish, I do make it often. This time I decided to make khada pav bhaji, instead of mashed version. If you have not tried this version, then you must try it. I do like mashed bhaji but if you give me an option between mashed and kada pav bhaji, then I will go for the kada pav bhaji.

You might feel that it is more like eating a typically onion-tomato based mixed vegetable dish. But it is not. Khada pav bhaji has the pav bhaji taste and feel to it.

Something about adding onions to bhaji. I have made bhaji both with and without onions and I like the taste of both. You decide and choose as per your taste, if you want to add onions to the recipe or not.

In this recipe though, I have added onions. by the way, till now, I have always seen the pav bhaji wallahs in Mumbai adding onions while making bhaji. And as a teen too when I used to make this dish at home, I used to add onions to the recipe.

By the way, I have shared one version of bhaji in which onions and garlic are not used. Here is the link for this No onion no garlic pav bhaji.

How to make khada pav bhaji (with veggie chunks)

1. First take the chopped veggies, mainly: cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, peas and french beans. You can either rinse or chop them or rinse after chopping them.

veggies to make kada pav bhaji recipe

2. Keep the veggies in a pan or pressure cooker. Now add water to the veggies just about covering them.

making kada pav bhaji recipe

4. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt or as required.

salt for kada pav bhaji recipe

5. Pressure cook or boil the veggies till they are done. Do not overcook the veggies.

veggies for preparing kada pav bhaji recipe

6. In the picture below, the veggies are cooked. Strain the veggies and keep the broth or stock.

making khada pav bhaji recipe

7. In the meantime, when the vegetables are cooking, chop the onions, green chillies, ginger, tomatoes and capsicum. Half of the ginger is to be chopped and the remaining half to be made into a paste.

preparing khada pav bhaji recipe

8. In the mortar and pestle crush the remaining half of the ginger and 5 to 6 medium sized garlic cloves. You can keep it coarsely crushed or make a fine paste. You could also use ready ginger-garlic paste.

making kada pav bhaji recipe

9. In a kadai or a big tava heat around 2 tablespoons butter or oil.

butter for kada pav bhaji recipe

10. Add the onions and saute till they become translucent.

onions for kada pav bhaji recipe

11. Then add the chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for making kada pav bhaji recipe

12. Also add the chopped ginger, green chilies and capsicum.

making khada pav bhaji recipe

13. Saute for 7 to 8 minutes stirring in between till the tomatoes soften and become mushy.

making kada pav bhaji recipe

14. Now add the red chili powder and turmeric powder.

spices for kada pav bhaji recipe

15. Mix the spice powders and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

spices for kada pav bhaji recipe

16. Add the ginger-garlic paste or crushed ginger-garlic.

preparing kada pav bhaji recipe

17. Mix it very well and saute for 2 minutes more.

making khada pav bhaji recipe

18. Add 1 to 2 tablespoon butter to the masala.

butter to make khada pav bhaji recipe

19. Add the boiled vegetables.

preparing khada pav bhaji recipe

20. Stir and mix well.

making kada pav bhaji recipe

21. Add the pav bhaji masala.

making kada pav bhaji recipe

22. Add about 1 or 1.5 cups of stock or water or both stock+water.

making kada pav bhaji recipe

23. Gently mix the entire mixture.

making khada pav bhaji recipe

24. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes on a low flame till the gravy thickens a bit.

kada pav bhaji recipe

25. Keep checking the bhaji in between.

kada pav bhaji recipe

26. Now, add the garam masala powder and gently mix it with the rest of the bhaji.

kada pav bhaji recipe

27. Lastly, add chopped coriander leaves. Check the taste and adjust spices and salt as per your taste. The bhaji Is ready now.

kada pav bhaji recipe

28. Slice the pavs and fry them on the tava or griddle with some butter.

pav for kada pav bhaji recipe

Serve the Khada Pav bhaji topped with butter and with warm pavs, chopped onion and chopped lemon.

kada pav bhaji recipe

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khada pav bhaji recipe

Khada Pav Bhaji (With Vegetable Chunks)

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Khada pav bhaji is a variation of pav bhaji where the chopped and cooked vegetables are kept intact, chunky and not mashed. A different and unique street food from Mumbai.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Cuisine Indian Street Food, Mumbai Street Food
Course: Snacks

Servings 3 bowls
Units

Ingredients

  • ½ to ¾ cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 to 3 small carrots - cubed
  • ¼ cup french beans - chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes - cubed
  • cup green peas - fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium onion - finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes - finely chopped
  • 1 green chili - finely chopped
  • 1 medium sized capsicum, (bell pepper) - finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger - use half of the ginger for making the ginger-garlic paste and half to be chopped
  • 5 to 6 medium sized garlic cloves - chopped
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a few sprigs of coriander leaves, for garnish
  • chopped lemon to be served with pav bhaji
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter or oil - preferably amul butter
  • salt as required
  • water as required

Instructions

preparation

  • First take the chopped veggies, mainly: cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, peas and beans. Keep these in a pan or cooker. Now add water to the veggies just about covering them.
  • Pressure cook or boil the veggies till they are done. Do not over cook the veggies. In the picture below, the veggies are cooked. Strain the veggies and keep the broth or stock.
  • In the meantime, when the vegetables are cooking, chop the onions, green chillies, ginger, tomatoes and capsicum.
  • In the mortar and pestle crush the remaining half ginger and garlic cloves. You can keep it coarsely crushed or make a fine paste. You could also use ready ginger-garlic paste.

making khada pav bhaji

  • In a kadai or a big tava heat up around 2 tablespoon oil or butter. Add the onions and fry till they become transparent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, ginger, green chillies and capsicum. Saute for 7 to 8 minutes stirring in between.
  • Now add the red chili powder and turmeric powder. Mix the powders and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add in the ginger garlic paste or crushed ginger garlic. Mix it and saute for 2 minutes more.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoon butter to the masala. 
  • Add the boiled vegetables and the pav bhaji masala.
  • Add about 1 or 1.5 cups of broth or water or both broth+water. Gently mix the entire mixture.
  • Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes on a low flame. Keep checking the bhaji in between.
  • Now, add the garam masala powder and gently mix it with the rest of the bhaji.
  • Lastly, add chopped coriander leaves.
  • Your khada pav bhaji is ready now. Slice the pavs and fry them on the tava or griddle with some butter. Serve the bhaji topped with butter with the warm pavs, chopped onion and chopped lemon.

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