Friday nights at our home are all about unwinding the whole weekday stress. Which means less cooking and just ordering our favorite mini meals from our go to restaurants. We prefer quick to eat mini meals that are filling as we stay up late just watching movies, hanging out with friends or just enjoying some drinks. Does that sound like something you do too then make this TOASTED PAV-BHAJI SUB to make things seem just like Fridays before quarantine. This is a combination of two favorite things I love to eat PAV BHAJI and a VEGGIE SUB. It was sure shot taste jackpot that I hit with this one. So get those spices out and dice some veggies here comes the recipe.
PREP TIME-20 MINS COOKING TIME- 25 MINS SERVES- 2
For Making Bhaji -
TBSP = Table spoon & TSP= Teaspoon
1 large red onion finely chopped
2 Medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
1 small sized green bell pepper finely chopped
1 Medium potato (boiled & mashed)
1 1/2 TBSP Ginger Garlic Green Chili paste- GGG PASTE
2 TBSP Pav Bhaji Masala (any kind -mine is from India )
1 Tea spoon Red chili powder & coriander powder
Pinch of Garam Masala
1 TSP Salt or to taste
7-8 TBSP Butter (add to your liking)
3/4 cup water
Making Bhaji- Take butter in a pan and let it melt. Add onions & ginger, garlic & chili paste. saute it till onions are translucent or pinkish brown. Add in the tomatoes, bell pepper and all the dry spices. Mix well and cook till tomatoes are completely softened and turn into gravy like consistency. Add in salt and mash potato and mix well. Add in 3/4 cup water and mix well and let the bhaji cook. It should be medium thick not too runny. See pics. You can even use the left over bhaji if you have.
FOR MAKING DRESSING
3 TBSP Greek Yogurt
3 TBSP Mayonnaise
2 TBSP Garlic Chutney
Just mix all ingredients and make it into a thick spreadable dressing. SEE PICS
NOTE- you can get this readymade garlic chutney at any Indian grocery store -if you don't have it then follow this for its recipe ----> just add 8-10 garlic cloves, 1 TSP red chili powder, 1/4 TSP chili flakes, salt and 1 TBSP Oil just mash it in a blender or mortar pestle and make a paste.
FOR MAKING SALAD
1 cup shredded purple & green cabbage
1 cup thinly sliced white onions
1/2 cup thinly sliced tomatoes (de seed the tomato)
1 tsp chaat masala
1 TBSP lemon juice
Just mix everything in a bowl and toss the veggies in chaat masala and lemon juice.
TIME TO ASSEMBLE-
Take your choice of bread used for sub (I used Ciabatta) and slice it vertically. Toast them in pan with some butter till they are crunchy & toasty.
Layer a spoon full of dressing and lather it on the bread. Layer bhaji mixture to your liking and top off with some salad & chopped coriander to your liking. Toast it on a pan for like 2-3 mins on medium low flame and drizzle some melted butter. You can add any cheese on top of dressing if you like. Serve Warm.
*** The bread & bhaji should be warm or hot enough for you to eat for best taste***