I have been wanting to make this pasta for quite some time now. Those of you who do not know what Pav Bhaji is, it is basically a mixture of spicy boiled and then mashed vegetables like potatoes, onions, peas, tomatoes and green peppers. It is one of the most popular street foods in India, particularly Mumbai and growing up, mom made pav bhaji at least a few times a month. I used to pile the the bhaji (the vegetables) between two pav (buns), and add a slice of cheese to it- STILL the best way to eat it in my humble opinion 😉
This Pav Bhaji pasta is made in just 30 minutes and serves as a great lunch, or side dish that both adults and children would thorougly enjoy. I chose to forego the potatoes since I was using pasta but try not to skip the peas! They add just the right amount of sweetness!
Happy Eating 🙂
Pav Bhaji Pasta
4 Cups Cooked Bowtie Pasta (about 12 ounces dry pasta)
2 plum tomatoes, diced small
1 Onion, diced small
1 small bell pepper, diced small
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp Badshah Pav Bhaji Masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 cup Half & Half
1 Lime, Squeezed
2 1/2 tbsp oil
salt to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- In a small nonstick pot, heat oil over medium heat.
- Once oil is hot, add onions and green peppers. Cook until onions are translucent and peppers have softened.
- Add tomatoes, garlic and rest of the dry seasonings.
- Continue to cook for about 10 minutes on medium/low heat, stirring constantly.
- Add peas and half and half to pot and reduce the sauce slightly, will take about 5 minutes.
- Add cooked pasta, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Mix well and serve hot with lime wedges and diced red onion.