Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pav Bhaaji - Bombay Style, Rasmalai

Pav Bhaaji is one special dish which was devoured as a teenager on parties. Birthday parties, especially, were incomplete without the 'Shiv Sagar' Pav Bhaaji served in Borivili West. :D
Commenting behind a seated group, in a bid to procure seats for our group, was another recreation! :)

My mom and mil are thee thee best in making this yummy dish, recreating the magic at home!

This is the very first time I attempted making 'Pav' at home as well.
I yet have to bake Anjali's/Annaparabramha MUMBAI pav recipe.
(the links that I followed are Jugalbandi- here, A Whirl of Aromas -here ) .
From Vini, got a link to breadworld dot com, the recipe is here. Thats what I followed, the glaze I followed Vini's butter glaze tip.

So here is the recipe for Pao / Pav.


Ingredients :
2 1/2 cups maida /all-purpose flour 
2 tbspn sugar
1 tsp salt
1 sachet Instant Yeast (SAF-brand-11gms)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp soft butter
soft butter for glazing

Method :
In the bowl with mixer attachment combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Heat the butter, milk, water until warm -temp 120-130F. Attach the hooks for kneading, add the liquid little by little and beat for 2 mintues on a medium speed, keep scraping the sides. (Donot skip the 'beat-4-2-mins' step-I found dough more elastic due to this step. ) Add the remaining flour (1 1/2 C) and knead for 8-10 minutes into soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth, resting time - 10-15 mins.
This would rise after the specified time. Line a sheet with parchment paper, divide the dough into 10 round balls, arrange with little space on the lined sheet, cover again with the damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise. The dough balls should be double in size, if not leave for some more time, instant yeast works fast. I got mine ready in 40 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 400F for 10-12 minutes or till it browns lightly on top. (My setting, 180C/10 mins- then removed and brushed each of these with soft butter.)
Remove from baking sheet and IMMEDIATELY transfer to wire rack for cooling. (Anjali's tip - If you leave it on the baking sheet, the bread will sweat.)

We have lovely Pav here, mine got more tanned! :D But a very good experience and tasted good!

Served it with PAV BHAAJI- my mil's recipe.

Ingredients :

Vegetable Oil
3 medium onions
3 large tomatoes
2 green chillies
1 inch ginger chopped finely
2 large cloves of garlic chopped finely
2 Cups frozen mixed veggies(or 1/2 C peas, 1 big carrot, 100 gms french beans -topped,trimmed and broken to one inch length)
100 gm cauliflower
1 medium capsicum
2 large potatoes
2 tsp soft butter
haldi/turmeric powder
1 tbspn Everest Pav Bhaaji Masala
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder (optional)
3 tbspn coriander leaves-garnishing
1 tsp butter per person (less or more for garnish/skip)

Method :
Wash and cook the potatoes, carrot, beans, peas,capsicum and cauliflower upto 3 whistles with quarter quantity of water, salt and haldi.
In a kadhai, heat oil, fry the sliced onions till transculent, cool, grind to paste, keep aside.
Add little oil, add chopped tomatoes, stir in between, till mushy and leaves the sides of pan. Cool, grind. Keep aside.
Take a heavy bottom kadhai, heat a tbspn of oil (or less) add the ginger garlic , saute till light brown, add green chilies, add the onion paste, saute for a minute or two, the tomato paste and mix in well. Add the pav bhaaji masala, red chili powder and garam masala and mix well. Allow to simmer. In the meanwhile, take the boiled veggies, drain excess water, they will be in shape, perfectly cooked. Mash them with the back of a spatula and add to the simmering paste, mix well. Let the entire mixture now simmer for around 4 -5 mins on a low flame. Add little soft Amul butter, salted version for that yum taste, garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with Amul butter roasted Pav. (Apply butter to the sliced pav, roast for around two minutes till it is bit crisp- Indulge n Enjooyyyyyy)

Mitha Ho Jaaye --

I had made Rasmalai from Namratha's blog - recipe here-- just love it every time I make it!


This sweet and as I mentioned above the 'Birthday Party' treat is a "Special Birthday Wish" Post for a very very dear Food Blogger and friend of mine, MEERA-Enjoy Indian Food!


HUGS, LUV N GOOD WISHES TO YOU N YOUR LOVELY BLOGS (480+ posts already in EIF and EWF -all healthy and nutritious!) WHICH TURNED ONE!!



bee said...

i remember that place in borivali. i used to hang out there a lot.

Purnima said...

Bee --> Great place, great memories..dontcha wanna say anything on my hardwork?? Eh ? :D ;)

srikars kitchen said...

Pava bhaji looks yumm & delicious.. nice entry....

Alka said...

I really admire those who can bake buns and cakes and bread...i still rely on my local bakery waala for those;-)
Till last year i too use to make pavbhaji exactly this way,but then i bumped into Nupur's One Hot Stove blog,wherein she had suggested to make pavbahji without onions,and capsicum is not boiled but sauteed and then boiled veggies are added....trust me,u can create the same restaurant taste,except the colour(since onions are not used,u don't get dark colour,except if u use food colour or some good amount of red chillies...and i sort of avoid both,so pavbahji that way is less colourful,but most flavorful.
And rasmalai or rather every bengali sweet is most loved sweet in our home,coz they are comparatively less sweet than Mawa mithais

Meera said...

Thanks!!! So sweet of you. Pav bhaji & Rasmalai both are my favorites!!!! I started getting happy birthday messages before I posted my post and I was wondering what's this miracle??:-D and now I know. Thanks so much!! Never been to Shivsagar Borivali but shivsagar juhu and bandra used to be our favorite hanging spot!;-)
Thanks so much for your wishes!! Feels like college days again! pavbhaji & rasmalia both look absolutely delicious....
Hugs, Meera


PAv bhaji and rasmalai...both are my fav..thanx for sharing:)

Happy cook said...

Pave bhaji looks so yumm.
I am just drroling thinking aobut it.

Swapna said...

Pav Bhaaji and Rasmalai looks so delicious and yummy!!!! my Rasmalai recipe is little different ....much more easier version...i use milk powder instead of paneer....

SweetBites said...

hi, just visited ur wonderful site. ur pav bhaaji looks so yummy & tempting. thanx 4 the recipe. will try soon.

Priya said...

Pav Bhaaji am drooling here..rasamalai looks too yummy..

Bhawana said...

lovely pav bhaji..
today I also posted :)

Priyanka said...

who can resist pav bhaaji...its 11:00 and i m already hungry looking at the pics

Sangeeth said...

great Pav! nice entry

Sagari said...

pav bhaji look delecious purnima

kamala said...

My daughter's fav Purnima...sounds Yumm

Maya said...

What a lovely post Purnima!!Pav bhaji is looking lip smacking good and Rasmalai tho, drool drool..So sweet of you to have a birthday treat for dear Meera..

Sunshinemom said...

What a nice way to usher in Meera's birthday! Lucky Girl - Meera, to get these yummy items!

Lavi said...

Purnima..a GREAT Birthday Gift to Meera. Pav bhaaji looks so pacca.

srikars kitchen said...

something is waiting for u at my blog..

sra said...

Hi Purnima, when you say "Wash and cook ... with quarter quantity of water, salt and haldi," do you mean a quarter of the volume of the vegetables?

DEESHA said...

lovely pav bhaaji .. my fave adda fos pav bhaji was at a joint in dadar(w) which was out of the world. u just reminded me of that

DEESHA said...

i just read alka's comment on pav bhaaji .. to get good color, you could add about 2 - 3 tbsp of beetroot juice .. this makes the bhaaji very colorful without using too much of spice .. do try it sometime

Purnima said...

Sripriya --> Thankyou!(and also thks for the award!)

Alka --> Nupur has great recipes, so many bookmarked, was abt to make it her way, till chat wt mil happened, tech. changed. :D Glad u liked the sweet, do give it a try, the sugar content too can be under your control!

Meera --> Glad that I cd post b4 the virus decided to attack the pc, for a good 3 days! Shivsagar is alws Shivsagar-here there or anywhere...yummmm..:D I m thrilled that fluke hi sahi, both r ur fave!!Enjoy ur day!!!

Rajeshwari --> Thankyou very much!

HC --> Nowadays u r going Asha way, can see u r the 1st to comment most of the blogs!! :D tks!!

Swapna --> I did chk ur version of Egg-rasmalai! Wd try that some time! I was on a paneer-making spree, hence this dish! :D

Sweetbites --> Tks for your lovely comment! You sure hv a gorgeous blog.

Priya --> Thankyou!

Bhawana --> Same-pinch!! :D

Priyanka --> Hmm..been there!:D

Sangeeth --> Rushed?...not an entry! :D

Sagari --> Thanks!

Kamala --> Lucky you, not yet my daughters fave...she has it though.

Maya --> Ur bday is thru, wanted to do the same for you as well! Two great blog frns of mine!

Sunshinemom --> I m the one who's lucky, shes a sweet soul!

Lavi --> Yeah, right..pacca ...color ??

Sra --> Right, its quarter qty water to the volume of veggies.

Seena said...

morning, hungry, drool...... :P
Good one!

Passionate About Baking said...

Making your own Pav?Way to go Purnima. How professional they look! And the rasmalai is too good...delicious!

Shreya said...

wonderful, and I love pav bhaaji too. Belated wishes to Meera.

Aparna said...

Home made Pav, bhaji and dessert to follow.
I would say Shivsagar would find this a tough act to follow!
We have aSivsagar here, in Goa but the less said about their pav bhaji the better.:)

Thanks for dropping by my blog, I got to see yours.

Sireesha said...

Pav bhaji and rasmali look Scrumptious purnima:)

Uma said...

First let me say a BIG SORRY for not giving a reply to your first query. I was caught up with some other works! I am so glad that you tried apple laddu and liked it. (That was so fast!) I am so appreciated. It's really great that you could shape it like a burfi! I didn't take any special precaution to prevent discoloring of apples! When we fry the grated apple in ghee it won't loose color. Of course, you might have known by now. Thank you so much again for trying out dear Purnima!

Sia said...

u made ur own pav and then bhaji and upon that rasmalai too? brillientttttttt :)
belated b'day wishes to meera.

G.Pavani said...

Thank u very much for ur lovely comments on my blog..ur blog looks cute.

indosungod said...

Happy Diwali to you Purnima. The pav Bhaaji looks so delicious. If am bored with the usual lunch fare I cook this up as lunch, but have never attempted making the pav by myself. The rasamalai looks good as well.

n33ma said...

Love the pavbhaaji.been so long since I ate it.Neat Blog:)

Dibs said...

Thx for visiting! I am so glad I came to your blog. I plan to begin baking - and have just got yeast and self raising flour! I was looking for easy bread recipes ....and looks like I will begin by making our own pav!

Meera said...

Happy Diwali, dear Purnima, to you and yours. God bless.

Dibs said...

Hey Purnima - Made pav's yesterday & blogged it, inspired by your post! Thank you.


Uma said...

Did you get my previous comment Purnima? Just now I see that it didn't get published!

Anyways, thank you for trying out apple laddus and glad that you liked those. Happy Diwali!

Asha said...

Hi Purni, just checked your comment and replied. Dishes look delicious, specially the Pav Bhaji. I try not to look too long! :D

Chana dal is Kadalebele and just use enough salt!:))

Dibs said...

Hey Purnima - Thanks for visiting! I will post the exact recipe and ingredients I used in a few days ...am becoming lazy, and will also have to remember the quantities! Guess my pav's turned out well since its beginers luck :-))))

Usha said...

Both the pav bhaji and rasmalai look scrumptious...awesome that you baked your own pav too :-)

PJ said...

Hi purnima,this is my first visit to ur blog.ur recipes are droolworthy!!!GOT AN AWARD FOR U IN MY BLOG @http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-second-award-and-few-words.html

Uj said...

Hi Poornima... Love Pav bhaji at ant time of the day. Ras malai looks yummy too :) The Kalynotsav was at Mangalore, Karnataka. My home town

Indrani said...

Hi Purnima,
thanks a lot for sharing your method of making chapatis..this will help me and others a lot....your Pao bhaji & rasmalai looks really yummmy

Pecos Blue said...

Looks yummy.

Purnima said...

Thankyou so much for your valuable inputs...can not thank you individually this time though...appreciate your time spent here!! THANKYOU!!

Malar Gandhi said...

my fav' fast food!

Dibs said...

Purnima - As requested, I have posted the exact recipe the way I made it...guess its almost identical to yours :-)

BTW - I notice you are at Kuwait. I have announced a 'no-cooking' event in my 'Chitra Amma's Kitchen' blog. Would invite you to share some interesting stuff from Kuwait if possible!

Bhawana said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy post :). pav bhaji looking so tempting.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Suprise Weekend Bonanza waiting for you.

Gabriel said...

Very nice. I have also a site for recipes for cooking, but you have to translate the Google translate. I am from Slovakia.

notyet100 said...

mmmmm...love the rasamalais,..hpe u dng fine,..:-).///

Dibs said...

Hey after pav, I tried Iyengar bakery buns ...thats bun with a stuffing of potato curry. I used cake flour this time, and it turned out a lot softer!

BTW - As the cliche goes ...surprises for you at our site! :-)

SriLekha said...

wow! rasmalai is my favorite! delicious dish!

join in the sweet event going in my blog!

Mandira said...

the pav bhaji looks great!

Indrani said...

It's a month u r not around..what happened...tried ur chapati tips and it's working good..I've few awards 4 u in my blog..come by and pick them up

LG said...

Both look delectable Purnima :)

Raaga said...

Lovely pav and nice bhaji too.


Whats up? can't see you around?

Divya Kudua said...

What..my comment seems to have vanished..I remember commenting on this one..:-(...anyway,no worries heres one more from me.Lovely paav akka..you are tempting me so much..both this one and the recent ones you have posted look great to me.I love pav bhaji and have never even thought about making it at home..one of these days,I am going to pull up my sleeves and bake this one.Delicious rasmalai too..yum!!

Jose P Johnson said...

It was nice...

I wann make pavbhaji at home :)
thanks for sharing God Bless