Since the time I can remember, this has been the most favorite dish in our household,Me, Sis, Ma,Papa all love it in equal measure. And what best time other than winters to savour the hot ,spicy mix of vegetables and spices. I tried to make a low fat version of it using a little olive oil and rice bran oil but it tasted heavenly, none the less. The recipe has been handed down by Mom and for me, I haven’t ever tasted a better version.So let me present you, the first ever recipe on my blog .
Ingredients (serves 3 people) :
2 medium sized potatoes
1 big cup cauliflower
1 cup cabbage
1 cup bottle gourd (diced)
2 big tomatoes (grate one and cut the other to be added with the other veggies to be boiled)
8-10 pods of garlic
1-inch piece of ginger
2 green chillies
3 medium sized onions (grated)
1 cup green peas
1 medium sized capsicum
1 tea spoon red chilli powder
1 tea spoon coriander powder
A pinch of turmeric
1 table spoon pav bhaji masala (I used MDH)
1/2 tea spoon cumin
2 table spoons of cooking oil ( I used a mix of olive and rice bran oil)
Salt to taste
Cut all the vegetables (potatoes,cauliflower,cabbage,bottle gourd). In a cooker, add all these with the green peas and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. Grate the onions. Make a paste of ginger,garlic and green chillies. Add oil to pan,when it is hot, add cumin.
When the cumin starts to splutter, add the ginger-chilli-garlic paste. Cook till the paste becomes a light brown,throw in the grated onions and saute until the onions are nicely cooked and the raw smell vanishes. Add the grated tomato at this stage. Let it cook until the water burns down.Add capsicum and let it cook for about 30 seconds. Add salt,chilli powder,coriander powder and turmeric powder. Cook until you see oil leaving the sides. Then mash all the boiled vegetables nicely and add to the pan. Let all the vegetables mix with the gravy. Add the pav bhaji masala and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves, a dash of lemon and onion. Server with buttered pav and enjoy.
PS: I also added a little chat masala to the gravy.You can skip if you want it to be less tangy.