Pav bhaji

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Pav bhaji is a fast food dish from India. It consists of a thick vegetable curry served with a soft bread roll. Its origins are in the state of Maharashtra.

Pav bhaji

History[change | change source]

The dish originated in the 1850s as lunchtime fast food for textile mill workers in Mumbai.[1][2] Pav bhaji was later served at restaurants throughout the city.[2][3] Pav bhaji is now available at different types of food providers, from simple pushcarts to formal restaurants. It may be found outside of India.[4][5]

Preparation[change | change source]

Variations[change | change source]

Cheese pav bhaji, with cheese on top of the bhaji
Fried pav bhaji, with the pav tossed in the bhaji
Paneer pav bhaji, with paneer cheese in the bhaji
Mushroom pav bhaji, with mushrooms in the bhaji
Khada pav bhaji, with vegetable chunks in the bhaji
Jain pav bhaji, without onions and garlic and with plantains instead of potatoes
Kolhapuri pav bhaji, using a spice mix common in Kolhapur
White pav bhaji, with no garam masala and no chilli powder

References[change | change source]

  1. Patrao, Michael. "Taking pride in our very own pav". Deccan Herald. The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Patel, Aakar. "What Mumbaikars owe to the American Civil War: 'pav bhaji'". Live Mint. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. Munshaw-Ghildiyal, Rushina. "A feast of flavours". Hindustan Times. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. Pathak, Anil. "'Bhaji pav' to invade NY's Times Square". Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. Rajesh, Monisha. "10 of the best street foods in Mumbai". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2015.