Today iam sharing how to make Pav bhaji for kids’ lunch box , one of the easy kids’ Lunch Box recipes. One pot rice dishes, Variety Paratha, roti are always opted by my kids, of course this pav bhaji tops the list. I sometimes surprise my kids with this express pav bhaji along with some sliced raw carrots in their lunch box. I prefer to pack something that does not spill and mess up the bags.
I never choose gravy curries, raita, dals etc which could spill, for the school Lunch Box. So the way I make bhaji for this pav is a bit different and keeps the pav nice without making it soggy even if it is stuffed with the bhaji and kept for as long as 4 to 5 hours.
Boiling potatoes is the only task that takes a bit of time. I put the potatoes to cook, while I carry on to prepare the breakfast, by the time the breakfast is done, potatoes get cooked.
*you could use few beetroot cubes to get a nice color.
Ingredients to make pav bhaji for kids
3 to 4 Pav
¼ cup of fresh green peas (if you are using dried peas, soak them overnight and boil them till tender)
Few sprig of coriander leaves
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
¼ tsp. cumin
¼ to ½ tsp. pav bhaji masala powder (adjust to suit your kids’ tolerance)
Generous pinch of turmeric
Little amchur powder or lemon juice (optional)
Red chili powder optional (I have not used)
Oil as needed
How to make pav bhaji for kids’ lunch box
1. Boil the potatoes in whatever way you like. Mash them and set aside
2. If you are using dried peas, soak them overnight and boil them till tender
3. Heat a pan with oil, add cumin and saute for a while
4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry it just for a min, do not burn it
5. Add pav bhaji masala, turmeric, salt and amchur if using.
6. Mix everything well and add very little water, 30 to 45 ml (2 to 3 tbsps.) would be enough
7. Add the mashed potatoes and peas. with the masher continue to mash so that every things blends well. If needed sprinkle some more water just to make the potatoes mix moist. Mix well and continue to cook for 2 to 3 mins till the bhaji begins to leave the sides. Make sure there is no water left. You must be able to make a firm ball.
8. Set this aside to cool
9. Warm up the pav on tawa or microwave, if desired you could add little ghee
10. Make sure pav and bhaji cool completely. Stuff the bhaji in the pav, sprinkle coriander leaves and you could use grated carrots to sprinkle. My kids prefer to keep the carrots separate.
My son’s Lunch Box, hope your kids will like this as much as mine do