History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines. The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.
Heat two tablespoons butter and oil in a non-stick pan and add three fourth of the onions and sauté till light golden. Add the green chilli and ginger-garlic paste. Stir-fry for half a minute.
Add half the tomatoes and cook on medium heat for three to four minutes, stirring continuously or till the oil separates from the masala.
Add the capsicum, green peas, potatoes and one cup of water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for ten minutes, pressing with back of the spoon a few times, till all the vegetables are completely mashed. Add the pavbhaji masala, salt and the remaining tomatoe
Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously, for two minutes or till the mixture is thick and of spreading consistency. Add the fresh coriander, lemon juice and one tablespoon of butter and remove from heat.
Allow to cool slightly. Slit the pavs without cutting through. Spread some of the pav bhaji on the lower half. Apply some butter on the both the outer surfaces of the pav.
Heat a flat non-stick tawa, place the pavs on them and roast on low heat till golden and crisp on the outside.
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