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Pav Bhaji…and my first entry to a (or two) blog event(s)!

Remember the time a few weeks back when I felt that I had never ever been as busy as I was then…Well, I was wrong and not just a little wrong, but way off. Not only have I been busier, I have been going completely crazy with everything going on around me! Hence, the ignorance of the blog for a little while.

Anyway, since I have been following blog events for a little while, I figured it was about time for me to take the leap and submit an entry too. Hence, here goes, my first entry to a blog event and why not make it double trouble by sending this to 2 events?

The idea of making Pav Bhaji originated a few weeks back, when I read this post on Mallika’s blog. Additionally, I saw the note on Monsoon Spice, about Street Food being the theme for this month’s Monthly Blog Patrol. Well, does it not seem like destiny conspiring to ensure that I make some Pav Bhaji? ūüôā

Of course, having grown up eating Pav Bhaji, it was not something new to me. It just wasn’t something I’d made in a while.¬† My usual recipe for Pav Bhaji was taken off the back of the Everest Pav Bhaji masala pack, just like my usual sambar recipe. However, I also remembered that the last time I made Pav Bhaji and bought Pav from the Indian store, it came with mold growing on the inside. Ugh! absolutely disgusting!¬†Luckily, I also recalled seeing a recipe for making your own pav (and that too, a whole wheat version!) on Jugalbandi¬†a while back.¬†Thankfully, unlike my plans for making Asha’s Masala Potato bread, these plans actually materialized.

PAV BHAJI

The recipe I followed for the bhaji is Nupur’s recipe from One Hot Stove. It is an excellent recipe (and an excellent blog!) and was very tasty, although I made a few modifications for our taste buds. Here’s my version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 medium potatoes (or 5 small, as I used) , peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1¬†tbsp oil
  • 2¬†green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 big can¬†tomato puree
  • 1/2¬†small bag of frozen¬†sweet peas
  • 2-3¬†tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1 tbsp butter

Steps:
1. Boil the cauliflower and carrots with a little bit of water in a covered microwaveable bowl in the microwave. I cooked them separately and the cauliflower took about 15 minutes and the carrots took about 8 minutes to soften. 

2. Also, boil the potatoes on the stove with enough water to cover, until they are soft.

3. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the ginger and garlic. Saute for a couple of seconds and then add the bell pepper.

4. Once this softens a bit, add the pav bhaji masala, salt, tomato puree, peas and the cooked vegetables.

5. Now, bring in the strong men or call the hubby dearest to start mashing and mixing with a potato masher.

6. Once mashed, simmer for about 10 minutes and serve with a pat of butter, finely chopped red onions, chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.

Some of the main differences between Nupur’s version and mine are that I added about 2-3 tbsp of the Pav Bhaji masala powder, rather than 1 tbsp. This might just be because my spices are older and not as fresh (although I do freeze them, but just don’t use them as much). Also, I had half a small bag¬† of baby carrots lying around, which I put into the bhaji, giving it a slightly sweeter taste. Finally, I also cooked the cauliflower and carrots in the microwave.

This is my entry for Monthly Blog Patrol РStreet Food hosted by Sia of Monsoon Spice.
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¬†As for the double trouble I mentioned earlier, this is also my entry for the new event, Eat Healthy – Fiber Rich started by Sangeeth. After all, anything with that many veggies in it has to have a lot of fiber. ūüôā

Additionally, I made my own fresh Pav from scratch, using this recipe from Jugalbandi, which I sliced in half and sauteed in butter before serving with the Bhaji. Surprise, surprise..I really did follow this recipe to the tee! ūüôā And I’m glad I did, because it was absolutely delicious.

Here are some pictures of the final product.

 

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Busy busy busy

I don’t think I have ever been so busy in my entire life. Right now, all I am sustaining myself on is Thai Village and Salt Creek Grille on the office account.. not much home cooked food for me.

Anyway, I worked from home this Monday to recover from the blisters. I don’t know why but whenever I work from home all day, I get inspired to bake.¬†Also, I broke an egg while making myself breakfast earlier and wanted to use the two forlorn looking remainin¬†eggs that had been hanging around for a few weeks. Hence, this Monday it was a simple chocolate cake to take care of my multiple needs.

Here’s my cheer up recipe..which was actually just an adaptation of the first search result that came up on Google for “easy chocolate cake recipe“.

EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1cup whole wheat flour + 1/4 cup all purpose flour (thought I’d make it a little healthier :-))
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup baking Splenda and 1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil (any flavorless oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease a 9 inch round cake tin.

3. Mix the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.

4. Add the milk, oil and eggs slowly while beating at a slow speed with a hand mixer. You could also mix everything with a spatula.

5. Finally add the walnuts and mix them in lightly.

6. Pour the batter into the greased baking tin (top with more walnuts to make it look pretty) and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes clean (about 35-45 minutes, depending on your oven).

7. The cake is ready to be sliced and served.

(By the way, I sliced the cake as I wanted to eat it¬†before it cooled completely¬†, and then remembered to photograph it. Also, it sadly cracked on top ūüė¶ )