Paneer pav bhaji recipe

Paneer pav bhaji recipe – a variation of making popular mumbai pav bhaji with addition of paneer. A must try recipe for paneer lovers.

Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

Pav bhaji is the most popular mumbai street food among all the dishes. If I am not wrong, It is also loved by everyone. At least my family loves it, so I make it very often. I have not seen any person who doesn’t like pav bhaji yet.

Whenever I make pav bhaji, I always make big batch. I store the leftover in the container in the fridge. We enjoy it in next day lunch. The next day, it tastes even better as the flavors will get chance to mingle.

In India, I have seen many different varieties of pav bhaji in the restaurant or stall menu. The menu includes jain pav bhaji, khada pav bhaji, corn pav bhaji, cheese pav bhaji, butter pav bhaji, soy pav bhaji, mushroom pav bhaji, paneer pav bhaji. I like to eat all the varieties except corn one. I like corn but not in bhaji.

The method of making paneer pav bhaji is almost similar to my pav bhaji recipe. The difference is amount of butter added here. I have used less butter compared to the original recipe, because addition of paneer makes it rich already and so I have cut down the butter.

When I had paneer pav bhaji in India, they have added very tiny pieces of paneer in the bhaji. I liked that but still I prefer my pav bhaji smooth. So here I have added grated paneer.

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1) Take chopped potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and green peas in the pressure cooker.

2) Add salt and ¾ cups of water. Mix it. It looks like there is not much water in it. But that is ok, while cooking water leaves its own water and consistency will be fine. if added too much water then it will be too watery.
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3) Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium. Let it cook for 3-4 whistles. While it is cooking, chop other ingredients for bhaji. Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the lid.

4) Mash it using potato masher.
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5) Don’t make it like a puree, it should be little chunky. Keep it aside.

6) Heat the butter in pan on medium heat.
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7) Once hot add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle a bit.

8) Then add garlic paste.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

9) cook for a minute. Or till the raw smell of garlic goes away.

10) Then add chopped onions. Sprinkle some salt.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

11) Cook till onions are light brown in color.

12) Add chopped capsicum and mix.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

13) Cook for 3-4 minutes. Capsicum will get soften.

14) Add chopped tomatoes.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

15) Mix well and cook.

16) Tomatoes will get soft and juicy. Let all the water gets evaporated. Cook till it becomes chunky yet thick paste.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

17) Add pav bhaji masala and red chili powder.

18) Mix well and cook for a minute.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

19) Then add prepared mashed veggies.

20) Mix well. Add water and mix well. Adjust the water quantity as per your liking consistency. Let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

21) Now add grated paneer and chopped coriander leaves.

22) Stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

23) Turn off the stove. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice. Mix well and keep it covered.

24) Now to toast the buns, Cut into half horizontally. Spread the butter on both the sides using butter knife.
Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

25) heat the pan on medium heat. Once hot place the butter side facing down on the pan.

26) Once gets golden brown from one side, turn it around the toast other side. Other sides (meaning the top side) should be very lightly toasted. Remove it to a platter. and repeat for rest of the pav.
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Now served the warm bhaji on the plate, garnish with mixture of chopped onion, little grated paneer, cilantro leaves. On side serve more chopped onions, lemon wedges and pav.

Serving suggestion: Serve the pav bhaji as a snack or as a meal.

Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji

Paneer pav bhaji recipe | How to make paneer pav bhaji
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Paneer pav bhaji recipe

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian, Mumbai street food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 4 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For pressure cooking vegetables:

  • 2 small or 1 ½ cups Potatoes roughly chopped
  • ½ cup Cauliflower (gobi) cut into big florets
  • ½ cup Carrot cut into big pieces
  • ½ cup Green peas
  • ¾ cup Water
  • Salt to taste

For paneer pav bhaji:

  • 1-2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • ¾ cup Onion finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup Capsicum (Green bell pepper) finely chopped
  • 2 ½ cups Tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Pav bhaji masala
  • 1 tablespoon Red chili powder
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups Water
  • 1 cup Paneer grated or cut into small cubes
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely
  • few teaspoons Lemon juice or as needed

For toasting pav/buns:

  • 8-10 Ladi pav
  • Butter or butter spread, as needed

For serving:

  • ½ cup Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges

Instructions

Pressure cooking the vegetables:

  1. Take chopped potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and green peas in the pressure cooker.
  2. Add salt and ¾ cups of water. Mix it.
  3. Cover the cooker with lid, put the weight on. Turn the heat on medium.
  4. Let it cook for 3-4 whistles. While it is cooking, chop other ingredients for bhaji.
  5. Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the lid.
  6. Mash it using potato masher.
  7. Don’t make it like a puree, it should be little chunky. Keep it aside.

Making paneer pav bhaji recipe:

  1. Heat the butter in pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle a bit.
  3. Then add garlic paste and cook for a minute.
  4. Then add chopped onions. Sprinkle some salt. Cook till onions are light brown in color.
  5. Add chopped capsicum and mix. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Capsicum will get soften.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix well and cook.
  7. Tomatoes will get soft and juicy. Let all the water gets evaporated. Cook till it becomes chunky yet thick paste.
  8. Add pav bhaji masala and red chili powder. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  9. Then add prepared mashed veggies. Mix well.
  10. Add water and mix well. Adjust the water quantity as per your liking consistency.
  11. Let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  12. Now add grated paneer and chopped coriander leaves. Stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  13. Turn off the stove.
  14. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice. Mix well and keep it covered.

Toasting the buns:

  1. Cut the buns into half horizontally.
  2. Spread the butter on both the sides using butter knife.
  3. heat the pan on medium heat. Once hot place the butter side facing down on the pan.
  4. Once gets golden brown from one side, turn it around the toast other side.
  5. Remove it to a platter. and repeat for rest of the pav.

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