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    Pao Bhaji (Vegetables on Rolls)

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    45 mins

    15 mins

    30 mins

    kusum gupta's Note:

    This makes a good picnic food. May use pita bread instead of rolls. The vegetable mix can easily be made in advance and refrigerated. The special spice pao bhaji masala adds a unique taste.

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    1. 1
      Wash, peel, and cut the potatoes.
    2. 2
      Wash, trim, and chop (or grate) the cauliflower and carrots in small pieces.
    3. 3
      Rinse and drain dal and put in a 2-quart pot to boil in 2 cups water.
    4. 4
      When little cooked (after 10 minutes), add the potatoes and salt.
    5. 5
      Cook until the potatoes are done; mash them along with dal.
    6. 6
      Add the chopped (or grated) cauliflower, carrots, and green peas to the dal mix.
    7. 7
      Cook for another 15 minutes until the carrots are tender.
    8. 8
      Add water, as needed.
    9. 9
      Heat 2 tablespoons oil on medium heat in a skillet.
    10. 10
      Sauté the mustard seeds in hot oil.
    11. 11
      Add the whole red chilies (can be removed before serving).
    12. 12
      Add the onions; stir until translucent.
    13. 13
      Add the cooked mixture.
    14. 14
      Cook for about 5 minutes; it should be like a wet mixture.
    15. 15
      Stir in red chili powder and pao bhaji masala, to taste.
    16. 16
      Separate the rolls.
    17. 17
      Toast them in a hot skillet, using little bit of oil for each roll.
    18. 18
      Put the prepared filling and a slice of tomato between two halves.
    19. 19
      Serve hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 13, 2003


      This is fabulous. I got the pao bhaji mix online because there isnt an indian store anywhere near where I am currently staying. The recipe is fabulous. I love all of the flavors and vegetables..and I definitely love anything with bread/rolls! hehe :-) Thanks for the recipe!!

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    • on January 25, 2003


      I halved this recipe and made it for dinner tonight. I am SO GLAD that I finally made this!! I was starving and I was so tired with my exam papers that I needed to take a break, and what better way than try a recipe from you:) I thought about this one and a pao-bhaji craving took the next few minutes, I was busy making this. One thing that's a must for this recipe is to grate the cauliflower and chop the carrots into very fine pieces. As I was really starved, I didn't care to really chop the carrots all that small, and the end result wasn't very good, so I promised myself to take care of that next time. In step 4, when adding the potatoes to the chana dal, I added a tsp. of salt. In future, I'll add the juice of 1 lemon (in step 6) as well as half a cup of finely chopped fresh corriander leaves. I also found that step 8 is not required. I omitted the addition of oil in step 17(we usually add butter on the pao) because I'm really not all that crazy for it(as you know, I'm trying to pull down). I strongly suggest removing the whole red chilli before serving (step 11) because tonight when we were enjoying this, suddenly mom got this into her mouth and I had to say, "Egg on my face". LOL. What I liked alot about this recipe is that it was very "mildly spicy". At my place, I'm so used to eating very spicy pao-bhaji, this was a well-deserved change;-) Another thing I enjoyed immensely was the coolness of a fresh sliced tomato and the heat of the bhaji! EXCELLENT COMBO! Mom has suggested to keep a few slit green chillies and few sliced onions in a bowl at the side of the serving bowl when this is served, so, if anyone wants, they can enjoy these on the side with the bhaji. To cut short -Mom and me finished everything and this recipe is a sure keeper :)!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pao Bhaji (Vegetables on Rolls)

    Serving Size: 1 (2985 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 296.5
    Calories from Fat 48
    Total Fat 5.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 528.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
    Sugars 6.0 g
    Protein 9.8 g

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