Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bombay Masala Pav

Masala pav is a street side snack sold along with Pav bhaji in Bombay. It basically uses some of the vegetables from pav bhaji, but the only difference is that the vegetables are whole and not mashed. The pavs (Indian bread) are served topped with this mixture, or sometimes, it is cut into pieces, and mixed with the vegetable mixture.
Here is the recipe for making masala pav

2 Indian ladi pav or Dinner rolls,
Salt to Taste,
1 Small Onion, Finley Chopped,
1 Tomato, Finley Chopped,
1 Small Bell Pepper (Green), Finley Chopped,
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste,
1/4th Teaspoon Black Salt,
3/4th Teaspoon Pav Bhaji Masala,
2 Teaspoon Amul Butter, or Salted Butter,
Additional Butter to Roast the Pavs (Bread),
1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder, or To Taste
½ Teaspoon Chaat Masala
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoon Coriander (Cilantro), Chopped

In a kadai (pan), heat the butter. When the butter starts melting, reduce the flame to medium and add the onions and salt. Cook until they turn translucent. Now add the bell pepper. Cook until the pepper turns tender, but not mushy. Then add the tomatoes, and the rest of the ingredients except the lemon juice and the chopped coriander. Cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked, and their liquid is released.  At the end, add lemon juice. Stir and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Make a horizontal slit on the dinner rolls 3/4th ways through. Heat up a shallow non stick pan. Spread some butter on the bottom of the pan. Open up the slit bread, lay it on the spread butter, split side down. Let it cook for 30 seconds, then flip. The bread should be completely coated with butter on both sides.

To serve: There are two ways to serve this.

1. Whole bread: Heat up the veggie gravy. Open up the hot bread, and place it on a serving dish. Now place a ladle full of the veggi mixture on one side of the bread, and cover it up with the other side. Place some more veggie mixture on the bread. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and serve piping hot.

2. Bread cut into pieces: Cut the roasted bread into small pieces. Heat up the veggie mixture; add the bread pieces in the mixture. Stir well to combine all ingredients together. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

I prefer the first method, because most of the places where I have had masala pav, served them in sliced pavs. Some people prefer the second method, I think because it is easy to eat cut bread pieces, then cutting sliced bread filled with masala.

Enjoy hot Bombay Masala Pav.

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Asha said...

OMG! Looks so good, I am drooling. Didn't there was masala Pav too, thanks for posting. I will try this after I come back home from vacation. Bookmarked. Love the Ladi Pav!:)

Nehal said...

Thanks Asha. Yep, definitely try it and let me know whether you liked it or not:). Enjoy your vacation.

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