For home cooks, spice blends are a true blessing. Not only do these spice blends make the process of cooking a lot easier, they also help in achieving the signature restaurant-like taste at home, while removing the guess work out of it. Each spice blend contains a balanced bouquet of flavours and a single spoon of these masalas can transform the dish. While many of these masalas are used to make signature dishes such Pav Bhaji, Punjabi Chhole etc., a little bit of creativity and these same spice blends can be used to make some innovative dishes.
Pav Bhaji Masala is a unique blend of many whole spices such as chilli, cumin, coriander, fennel seeds etc. crafted to provide the distinctive taste of this delicious street food.
Moreover, ingredients of pav bhaji masala have many health benefits as well. Coriander is full of antioxidants that help boost immunity, while, cumin can help deal with indigestion. Fennel seeds can provide important nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Cardamom may help lower blood pressure due to its antioxidant and diuretic properties. Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants that protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
This aromatic spice blend can be used to add pav bhaji like flavour to create some delightful dishes. Take a look at some ideas –
A dish that is often on the menu along with Pav Bhaji is Tava Pulao. This rice dish also originated on the streets of Mumbai. Street food vendors made this pulao on the same large tava (pan) used to make pav bhaji. This rice contains similar vegetables and rice flavoured with pav bhaji masala. This rice is easy to cook and as delicious as pav bhaji. Cook your favourite pav bhaji vegetables in a dollop of butter. Add spices such as chili, turmeric and pav bhaji masala as per your preferences. Mix pre-cooked rice gently in the vegetable mixture. Serve with some raita and papad.
Have leftover idlis? Pav Bhaji masala makes it possible turn these idlis into a nutritious yet irresistible snack. Make sure you use a nonstick pan while making this so that the idlis don’t stick to the pan. Heat some oil, add finely chopped onions and tomatoes. Sprinkle some turmeric powder and rock salt. Add pav bhaji masala to this once the vegetables are cooked. Make sure you add a generous amount of lemon juice to add some tanginess to the dish. Add idlis and toss them well. Serve with some green chutney.
Pav Bhaji Fondue
Want to infuse some Indian flavours into this rich, cheesy swiss creation? Pav Bhaji masala is the answer. Flavours of the pav bhaji masala blend well with the cheese base of the fondue. Make the bhaji, add cheese and milk to this. Once the mixture cools, blend it in a mixer. Transfer this into a pan, add some cream and heat it for a minute. Serve this fondue with buttered toasts or pav along with your favourite vegetables.
To make sure that all of these dishes have a distinct taste of authentic street style Pav Bhaji, use Tata Sampann Pav Bhaji masala which is a careful blend of spices, crafted by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
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