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With with end of school year programs, summer vacation and travel blogging took a back seat for me. I have been trying to post about pav b...

Pav Bhaji For 100

With with end of school year programs, summer vacation and travel blogging took a back seat for me. I have been trying to post about pav bhaji for some time and at last was able to take the photos to post it. Pav Bhaji is the easiest to serve for over 100 people or 4. A month ago I made them for more than 200 people for a yoga retreat and 10 year anniversary celebration. It was just a perfect street food to have on a cold night in La Jolla, Ca. One always wonders how much to prepare to serve 100 people. Typically 2 rectangle (larger) or four, 4 quart aluminum trays would serve 100 people. Once the veggies are chopped and all the prep work is done, believe me its super easy to prepare the pav bhaji with a help of a pressure cooker or Ipot.


Pressure cookers
Cutting Board
Onion Choppers
Aluminum Trays - 4 (4 quart) or 2 Rectangle
Measuring Cups and Spoons


Potato - 1 (4 quart) tray pealed and chopped chunky
Onion - 1 ( 4 quart ) tray finely chopped plus 1/4 tray for topping (white onions or brown onions)
Bell Peppers ( red, yellow, green, orange, red) - 1/2 (4 quart) tray chopped
Tomato - 1/2 (of 4 quart) tray
Cauliflower - 3/4 (of 4 quart ) tray
Peas and Carrots - 1/4 (quart) tray
Garlic - 3 bulbs chopped
Ginger - 4 inches grated
Cilantro - 3 bunches plus 3 cups of chopped for topping
Tomato Paste (tukas) - 1/2 cup
Kasthuri Methi - 4 tbsp crushed
Green Chilies - 2 chopped roughly ( seeds removed)
Shah Jeera (Cumin Seeds)- 1 tbsp
MTR Pav Bhaji Masala - 5 tsp ( add more for more spice)
Red Chili Powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1/4 of the pressure cooker/ Ipot plus more ( 2 cup)
Butter - 2 tbsp for Bhaji
Chilled/ Frozen Butter - 1/4 inch cubes for garnish.


1. In a pressure cooker add potato, cauliflower, carrot, peas, bell pepper,green chilies, water and salt.   Pressure cook on medium low to 4 to 5 whistles.

2. In a big wok add oil and shah jeera. Allow it to splatter. Then add onions, ginger and garlic and cook well. Add tomato paste and tomato and cook well. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, pav bhaji masala, kasthuri methi and cook on low heat until the masala is well incorporated.

3. Once the pressure releases on the cooker add it to the onion tomato mix and mix well. With a masher or electric hand blender roughly. Add cilantro and sugar and butter . Taste for salt etc and store away in aluminum trays or 3 crock pots and serve them hot with butter toasted bun or pav.

4. Top the bhaji with green chilies, fresh cilantro, raw onions, a small cube of frozen butter and slice of lemon.Serve with Pav.


I realized that for most people apart from the taste of food and appearance of food, the texture of food is very important. Quinoa has a ...

Thair Quinoa / Quinoa in Yogurt Sauce

I realized that for most people apart from the taste of food and appearance of food, the texture of food is very important. Quinoa has a nutty taste, has a texture of a crunchy grain but smells a little to me like poppy seeds or kasa kasa. When most rice eaters try it, they will not consider it as an alternative to rice.They might have great resistance to it because the distinct smell is kind of strong.Though I have known and used quinoa a lot, I still did not use it as a perfect substitute for rice.

 But all that changed when my sister served me quinoa with onion sambar and potato curry. I was sold. All the smell disappeared and the texture was similar to rice and actually tasted good. Thanks to Indian cooking that has a great smell killer Asafoetida. It is so over powering that it takes away any mild or subtle smell. I have been using quinoa as a substitute for rice and I love it. I have made payasam, puliodharai, lemon and yogurt quinoa, had it with rasam, kozhambu and sambar. I am so glad that it cooks like rice in a rice cooker and tastes great. A very healthy alternative to rice especially for those who have blood sugar issues. 

Today I made Thair/Yogurt Quinoa for dinner and we loved it. Cannot ask for more on a very hot day.The yogurt, onion and cucumber will totally cool your system. A perfect alternative to regular yogurt rice. Next time you have people over for lunch or dinner give this one a try.


Pan with lid
Rice Cooker
Cutting Board
Measuring Cups and Spoons


For Making Quinoa:
Organic Quinoa (from Costco) - 1 cup
Water - 3 cups plus 1 1/2 cups for rice cooker

For Yogurt Sauce:
Yogurt - 2 1/2 cups 
Milk- 1/2 cup
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cashew Nut - 8 (optional)
Green Chillies- 1 (deseed to reduce spice)
Asafoetida powder - 1/8th tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Cilantro - 2 tbsp chopped
Persian Cucumber - 2 diced into small cubes
Ginger - 1/2 tsp grated
Onion - 1 diced into small cubes


1.  In a rice cooker add 1 1/2 cups water. Plug it in and allow the water to warm up.
2. In a bowl add quinoa and wash it well. Add 3 cups of water to the quinoa and place this bowl in the rice cooker and allow the quinoa to cook.

3. In a pan, add oil and when it warms up add asafoetida, and mustard seeds. The mustard seeds will pop so cover it with a lid. When it is done popping add cashew nuts, greens chillies, curry leaves, onions, ginger and salt. Cover and allow it to cook on low heat for a few minutes. The onions will turn translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
4. When the quinoa is done remove the bowl and spread it out in a plate and allow to cool.
5. Add the cooled quinoa to a bigger bowl, add milk, yogurt, cucumber, cilantro and mix well. Add the onion mix and mix well. Taste and add salt if required. Serve it cold or at room temperature with pickles, grapes or cooked veggies.