Pav bhaji

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Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji.jpg
Alternative names Bhaji-pav
Course Snack
Place of origin  India
Region or state Maharashtra
Main ingredients Bread, mixed vegetables
Cookbook: Pav Bhaji  Media: Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji (Marathi: पाव भाजी) is a fast food dish from Maharashtra, India, consisting of a thick vegetable curry (Marathi:bhaji) fried and served with a soft bread roll (Konkani:pav).[1]

History[edit]

The dish originated in the 1850s as a fast lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Mumbai.[2][3] Pav bhaji was later served at restaurants throughout the city.[3][4] Pav bhaji is now offered at outlets from simple hand carts to formal restaurants in India and abroad.[5][6]

Preparation[edit]

Pav bhaji being prepared on an iron tava
A pav bhaji stand at Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Pav bhaji has many variations in ingredients and garnishes, but is essentially a spiced mixture of mashed vegetables in a thick gravy served hot with a soft white bread roll, usually cooked on a flat griddle (tava).

Variations on pav bhaji include:

  • Cheese pav bhaji, with cheese on top of the bhaji
  • Fried pav bhaji, with the pav tossed in the bhaji
  • Paneer pav bhaji, with paneer cheese in the bhaji
  • Mushroom pav bhaji, with mushrooms in the bhaji
  • Khada pav bhaji, with vegetable chunks in the bhaji
  • Jain pav bhaji, without onions and garlic[7] and with plantains instead of potatoes[8]
  • Kolhapuri pav bhaji, using a spice mix common in Kolhapur
  • White pav bhaji, with no garam masala or no chilli powder.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Najmi, Quaid. "Meet Mumbai's rags-to-riches Restaurant King". The New indian Express. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Patrao, Michael. "Taking pride in our very own pav". Deccan Herald. The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Patel, Aakar. "What Mumbaikars owe to the American Civil War: 'pav bhaji'". Live Mint. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Munshaw-Ghildiyal, Rushina. "A feast of flavours". Hindustan Times. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Pathak, Anil. "'Bhaji pav' to invade NY's Times Square". Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Rajesh, Monisha. "10 of the best street foods in Mumbai". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Dalal, Tarla (2010). Mumbai's Roadside Snacks. Mumbai: Sanjay & Company. p. 60. ISBN 978-81-89491-66-6. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Kumar, Shikha. "In search of the perfect pav bhaji". Hindustan Times. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 4 March 2017.