Few weeks ago on facebook Soma @ ecurry asked if we could recreate the Everest brand Pav Bhajji masala. Her request kept creeping and I went ahead and bought the Everest brand masala (I otherwise use the MTR brand) and tried recreating the ready mix. From the ingredients mentioned in the pack, I could come close to the popular brand. I must say that the Masala mix or the powders sold do have a secret ingredient that mystifies us but after I made this myself, I am never going back to the store bought Pav bhajji Masala powder.
I have already blogged the recipe for Pav Bhajji here.
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
- 2 tablespoons coriander/dhania
- 2 teaspoon cumin/jeera
- 1½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon fennel/saunf
- ½ inch piece cinnamon
- 4 cloves
- 2 petals star anise
- 2 teaspoon kashmiri chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon amchur/dry mango powder
- ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder
Heat a Kadai/pan (do not add oil) and add all the ingredients except the powders. Give them a stir and just to heat them up approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer and grind when cool to a fine powder. Mix the rest of the powders and use for Pav Bhajji Masala.