Paneer Pav Bhaji

                                                       Now that I have learned to make Wheat Pav at home, Pav bhaji has become a regular at our place. Not only is it filling and healthy but delicious as well. Hubby loves the bhaji I make and says it is the best bhaji in the world (only some of my dishes get this praise and pav bhaji is definitely one of them :D) And now the same goes to the pav I make. He says I can even open a bakery selling these wheat pavs. Haha. Encouragement too much eh?

                                                       But yes, even I love these Pavs and its flavor cannot be compared with store bought ones. Make these Pavs at home and you will never regret the time you spend for it.

                                                                Paneer in Pav Bhaji was hubby’s suggestion during a dinner party when I had pav bhaji on the menu. Though I was skeptical initially, the paneer lover in me had to agree and there was invented Paneer Pav bhaji. Do try this pav bhaji and you will definitely love it. Happy and Healthy Cooking!

Health Benefits of Paneer/Cottage Cheese: Good Source of Calcium, If eaten in moderation, Paneer is associated with lower body weight and reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, Good source of Protein,Prevents Stomach disorders, Helps in lower back and joint pain.


Ingredients: {Serves 4}
1 Cup Paneer cubes, soaked in warm water if using frozen
1 Cup Cauliflower florets
1/2 Cup Potato cubes, peeled and cubed
1/2 Cup Carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 Cup dry Green peas
1 large Onion, finely chopped (save some for garnish)
1 large Tomato, finely chopped
1/4 Cup Capsicum, finely chopped
3 Green chillies, finely chopped
1 inch Ginger piece, finely chopped
4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp Red chilli Powder or to taste
2 Tsp Pav Bhaji Masala (I use Mother’s Recipe Chole Masala)
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp Butter
2 tsp Oil
Coriander leaves for garnish
Lemon wedges as garnish

1. Soak the dry green peas overnight or for at least 6 hours. You can substitute dry peas with fresh peas but frozen peas gives it a sweet flavor which takes away the flavors from pav bhaji. So use either fresh or dry peas.

2. Drain the soaked water from the peas and add the cauliflower florets along with potato and carrot. Add water till it soaks the veggies. Pressure cook for 4 whistles or till soft. Keep aside.

3. Meanwhile heat butter with oil in a pan. Add finely chopped ginger,garlic and green chillies. Fry for few seconds.

4. Add finely chopped onion and fry till they turn translucent.

5. Add capsicum and continue frying for a while.

6. Now add finely chopped tomatoes and mix well. Add little salt and cover and cook on medium flame till the tomatoes turn mushy.

7. Now add red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala. Fry till the mixture leaves oil.

8. Add the water from the pressure cooked veggies (or plain water) to the mixture.

9. Mash the pressure cooked veggies using a potato masher. Add to the pan.

10. Allow it to come to a boil. Check for salt and add if required.
11. Add paneer cubes and allow it to simmer on medium flame. Keep covered. Allow it to reach the desired consistency.

12. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with finely chopped onion and lemon wedges. Enjoy paneer pav bhaji with Homemade Wheat Pav.

* You can skip adding Paneer and make it as regular pav bhaji too.
* You can add more veggies of your choice while pressure cooking. I normally add 1/2 cup purple or green brinjal too if making regular pav bhaji. Comes out thick and you can never say there is brinjal in it.
* The masala powder I use for all my recipes is Mother’s Recipe Chole masala. This powder is so flavorful that it will enhance all your dishes ranging from pulaos to pav bhajis to regular sabzis to biriyanis. And no, I am not getting paid to promote them. Just a tip for those who don’t get good spice powders. This powder is a savior.  😉
* Do try making pav at home using my easy Homemade Wheat Pav recipe and you will never go back to buying pavs from outside.

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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