Recipe by catwolf
This is a simplified version of a recipe for pav bhaji, an indian street snack served on hot rolls, that I found in the LA Times [http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-bombayrec1may11,0,2822841.story?coll=la-home-food ]. You can use it as a spread for nan, pitta or tortillas; snack on it as a dip with chips or serve it alone as a spicy low carb alternative to mashed potatoes. I use the pinch method for measuring spices, so the ginger, garlic, cumin and garam masala are approximate.
Top Review by Nose
I'm not rating with stars because I made a lot of substitutions, but this was pretty good with whole wheat pita. I've dipped cauliflower in things before, but I've never had a spread made with it. The biggest sub I made was shallots instead of onions (I didn't have onions), and I don't recommend doing that - I think the onions would have given a sweeter, fuller taste. I increased the recipe to 6 servings even though I live by myself, just to use enough of the ingredients to feel like it was worth the effort.
- 1⁄2 cup cauliflower floret
- 1 -2 tablespoon broccoli, chopped
- 2 tablespoons canned chick-peas
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1⁄2 onion, diced
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon ginger, crushed
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon garam masala or 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon mild curry powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 dash cayenne
- salt and pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- In microwave safe bowl, steam cauliflower, broccoli, chickpeas and water in microwave at half power for 15 minutes or until very soft and tender.
- Drain veggies and chickpeas, leaving 2-3 TBS of remaining water. Mash or puree thoroughly.
- In a non-stick pan on medium heat, toast cumin seeds for roughly two minutes.
- Add chopped onions to cumin seeds and saute until translucent.
- Lower heat slightly. Add ginger, garlic, tomato paste, soy sauce and garam masala. Stir and saute for one minute.
- Stir in mashed vegetables, lemon juice and cayenne until thoroughly mixed. Saute for another two or three more minutes on low heat. Add salt and pepper as needed, and serve.