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Pav Bhaji (Indian Bread and Curry)

01 Jan

Mmmm..The smell of fresh homebaked bread is just awesome. While baking cake gives a sort of happiness when the cake rises up good and moist, baking bread is another kind of joy to see perfectly fermented dough and puffs up to right, airy and with a nice brown crust on top. Here is an Indian famous bread called Pav, which is popular in  western region of India. This dish is one of the popular street foods in Mumbai,India. Bhaaji is the vegetable curry dish that is served along with this bread. First time I made this bread was few years back. It came out so nice and beautiful and it inspired me to make it many times…

homemade Pav bread from Indian Maida (all purpose flour).

Its not common to have baking oven as a common kitchen equipment in Indian homes couple of decades before.  As tandoori oven is used in northern parts of India to make Naan breads and chicken tikka. The Pav breads and cakes were only made and sold in bakeries. Nowadays, most of the modern household have an oven. It is so convenient to try out baking goodies at homes with ease.

Few months back, we invited one of our friend’s family for Sunday lunch. PavBhaji was one of the dish in the menu. Our friends B & R, enjoyed the Pav bread and asked for the recipe. I should apologize I was not fast enough in posting this recipe. In the mean time, I made this as dinner for us two other times. I used different types of all purpose flour to get the bread as close to the original one.  I would recommend using Maida from Indian grocery store as the first choice to get closer to the original. Second better results can be obtained from German flour type 550. You may also use German flour type 405.

Here goes  the recipe

Pav bread made from Indian Maida(All purpose flour).

Ingredients for Pav Bread:

  1. All purpose flour – 1kg
  2. Yeast – 3 1/2 tsp(Rapid rise yeast)
  3. Salt as required
  4. Sugar – 7 Tbs
  5. Butter or Margarine – 50gms
  6. Water to make dough
  7. Milk or egg white – a little to brush on the bread.

Method for Pav Bread:

1. Mix all purpose flour, yeast,salt and sugar in a bowl. Slowly add some water and mix it like a tight dough.

2. Add the fat and slowly incorporate and knead in to the dough.

3. Keep is dough in the warm place in the kitchen and let it sit for 1 hour or until the dough rises. Some yeast make take few hours to rise the dough.

4. After an hour, punch down the fermented dough and knead a little.

5. Place a baking sheet and apply some butter on the sheet.

6. Make small balls of dough, arrange it in the baking sheet with a little space between them, like it is  in the below picture.

7. Leave again in the warm place to rise for the second time. It may take one hour approx..or wait until you see nicely puffed up balls.

8. Brush the puffed up balls with milk or egg whites to get nice brown color on top when baked.

9. Preheat the oven to 170C and bake it for 12-15 min in the medium rack at  160C. You may see a nice brown crust on top once baked.

10. The brown shell is bit hard and when you knock on it, you can hear a sound and infact this means the bread is baked perfectly. Take out the tray and allow it to cool for couple of hours and the hard shell may eventually become soft.

Ingredients for Bhaji:

  1. Oil – 2 tbs
  2. Pav Bhaji store bought masala – 2 tbs
  3. Chiili powder – 1tsp
  4. Corriander powder – 2 tsp
  5. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Onion – 1 large (finely chopped)
  8. Tomatoes – 4 (finely chopped)
  9. Bell pepper – 1 large finely chopped
  10. Green frozen peas – 1/2 cup
  11. Boiled and skinless mashes potatoes  from – 5 medium sized potatoes
  12. Butter – 5o gms
  13. Ketchup – 2 Tbs
  14. Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbs
  15. Coriander for garnishing and serving
  16. Lemon for garnishing and serving
  17. Finely chopped onions for garnishing and serving

Method for Bhaji:.

1. Heat the pan and add oil. Add the onions and saute until it becomes soft.

2. Add Ginger garlic paste to onions and fry for couple of minutes until the raw smell goes away.

3. Add bell pepper followed by tomatoes and green peas one by one and sauteing it.

4.  Add all the masala from 2 to 5 from the ingredients and mix it for couple of minutes. Add little water and cover and cook this mixture for 20 minutes in a medium flame.

5. Now add the ketchup and mashed potato, salt and let it cook for another 1o mins. time to time add butter and incorporate it to the Bhaji.

6. Serve it in a bowl with freshly chopped onion, coriander leaves and lemon.

For better taste apply butter on both sides of bread and slightly toss it in the griddle and serve it with Bhaji. Sprinkle few drops of lemon on the curry and some chopped onions and coriander.

This pictures shown above are made from German all purpose flour type 550  (Mehl-550)


Happy New Year 2014 / Special cakes of 2013

30 Dec

It’s been quite some time since I blogged. How have you all been? ..  New year is on its way and I wish all my friends and viewers a very happy new year 2014.

In this post, I would like to share pictures of celebration cakes, which we enjoyed and  experimented in 2013. I do say experiment, as I tried out some new cakes. Riya’s contribution is there in all of these cakes. Especially, her Birthday cake was planned and designed by her with a little help from me. The specification given to me was a, 2 stack chocolate cake with Marshmallow toppings with Dolphin and sea animals figurines. Actually, she opted to do this cake as her Birthday present and we did the baking and decoration from scratch the whole day. I can see the love and passion in her for cooking already. The previous day of her birthday is our wedding anniversary and I planned to make Carrot cinnamon cake, which came out too good. With  Lots of shredded carrot , mild sweetness and bit of cinnamon flavoring, it was just perfect for the occasion.

Carrot & Butter cream iced cake( Wedding Anniversary cake)

Riya’s Dolphin and Aquarium cake.

Chocolate cupcake and lemon buttercream icing  for Riya’s school friends.

We celebrated Kesav’s Birthday with a special cake. I tried Japanese cotton soft sponge cheese cake this time. It tastes and feels just like its name – super soft and melt in mouth. This time one thing  was sure that  I didn’t wanted to be in the kitchen on the special day baking without having time to spend in other activities.

So, I planned and prepared the cake couple of days before. Prepared jelly with readymade jello mix.  After baking and feeling the texture of the cake, I immediately felt like trying it out. It was super soft and super delicious. The first two cakes we enjoyed even before the birthday.

Again, I  had to bake the same cake but it was fun and I could experiment and make slight changes and adjust proportions.

Japanese  cotton soft sponge cake with jelly fruit topping for Kesav’s Birthday.

Japanese cotton soft sponge cake.

Riya made these mini square cakes, decorated wonderfully and presented this beautiful jelly fruit cake to her dad.

Mini square cake’s specially made for her Dada by Riya.

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Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) & St.Martin’s day

16 Nov

Last Thursday on Nov 11th,  Riya’s Kindergarten Team, have remembered St.Martin’s day . The parents and children have been invited to a beautiful children playground, which is located on top of the hill close to Kindergarten. It was amazing to listen to the Music band and songs from little voices. The parents too did join with them. The Interesting part was everyone marching with the Latern lamps and singing St.Martins songs.

Being an Indian, I always like to present and highlight Indian food to foriegners when I am invited to a get together. Aloo tikki is a Indian appetizer made with potatoes and some spices. It is a crispy, crunchy and soft spicy delicacy. Everytime when I present a food with Potatoes to my Western friends, it was a big hit and this time too.

Here goes the Recipe..


  1. Potato – 250 gms, boiled, peeled and smashed
  2. Cumin ground- 1/2 tsp
  3. Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  4. Chat Masala – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chilli ground – 1/4 tsp
  6. Corriander ground – 1/2 tsp
  7. Green chillies – 1, finely chopped, (add more if you like have hot)
  8. Groundnuts – 1/4 cup coarsely ground
  9. Raisins – 2 Tbs
  10. Corriander leaves – few sprigs, finely chooped
  11. Salt for taste
  12. Oil – few Tbs
  13. Bread crumbs – 1/4 cup


  1. Add the smashed potatoes and add all the rest of ingredients except oil and Breadcrumbs.
  2. Make small balls out of this potato mixture and slightly flatten .
  3. Now coat the patties in the breadcrumbs on both sides and keep it ready.
  4. Heat the griddle or a flat pan. Apply few drops of oil to the pan.
  5. Now add  Potato patties to the pan and cook in a medium flame for 3-4 min on both sides.
  6. When it is golden brown color on both the sides remove from the pan and serve it with Indian chutneys and dips. Coriander and mint dips goes well with this.

Some pictures from St.Martins’ day 2010….

Wow!! Cute Cat Latern. The children and teachers should have put lot of effort to make this beautiful one.

This Skeleton has come directly from Halloween …

Hey!! Look at it. Mine is so beautiful.

Children singing songs with the paper latern electric lamps.  These Latern’s are sophisticated and safe for the little ones to carry and play with.