For all our non Indian readers Pav Bhaji is a famous Indian Street food that mainly comprises of Pav i.e Light Bread and Bhaji which is usually a mashed form of a variety of vegetables that are steamed in a pressure cooker and then mashed and flavored with some masala and tempering. For a street food it can be quite nutritious actually, don’t you think?
We introduced V to some lip smacking Pav Bhaji recently and the fella’s hooked. Turns out I’ve made it thrice in the last two weeks. So last evening on being asked if he would like a snack, pat came the reply “Pabaji!”. So I thought I had to do something different this time. Why not deconstruct it a little and see how it goes?
And that’s how dear readers, the Deconstructed Pav Bhaji Canapes were born. Apart from being a healthy snack they can be great party food too, easy to assemble and easy to polish off too! Totally making this again the next time we have friends over.
Deconstructed Pav Bhaji Canapes.
2 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
1 medium sized carrot, sliced (not shown in picture)
2-3 tbsps finely chopped raw mango
Chopped Cilantro – 2 tbsps
7-8 slices of whole wheat bread
Mayonnaise, as spread – optional
Salsa, as spread – 2-3 tbsps (Check out this healthy Homemade Fresh Salsa Recipe we shared with you recently)
Haldiram’s Bikaner Bhujiya (savory chickpea sprinkles) – 3-4 tbsps
Salt to taste
Butter – 1 tbsp
Pepper Powder – 1 tbsp
Chaat Masala – 1 tbsp
Cut the bread pieces into quarters. Heat a skillet, turn it to low. Put a thin tiny slice of butter on it and add a pinch of pepper powder and chaat masala each. Swirl the mixture evenly and then swab a quarter of the bread. Usually I can use the mixture for about 3 quarter pieces of a bread slice. Push the pieces to the edge pf the skillet and let them sit there for a while so they can crisp up while you prep the other pieces.
Once all the bread is prepped lay the pieces one by one on the plate, slather mayonnaise on one half of the quarter and salsa on the other half, or the whole thing with either salsa or mayo, your call. Lay a sliced tomato on top, a sliced carrot after it, and finally some chopped raw mango. Sprinkle bhujiya on top, garnish with a cilantro leaf and done! Enjoy!