Kaanda Bhajia Pav

BM # 68
Day : 7
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Desi Fiesta

As soon as monsoon arrives most of us get tempted to make Bhajiyas or pakoras. Onion is called Kanda in Marathi and these Kanda Bhajias are very very popular in Maharashtra. I am a street food fan and Mumbai is a destination which I frequently visit. The Mumbai street food is to die for, I refuse to eat home cooked food there and my cousins know that so they close their kitchen while I am there.

There is a vendor at linking road , Bandra who has amazing Vada Pav, along with it , he also has Kanda Bhajiya with Pav, Aaloo Pakora with Pav and Samosa with Pav , all of them taste absolutely awesome. The garlic chutney and the green chutney are the same as he serves with Vada Pav.

The Kanda Bhajiyas should be nice and crisp, else one does not enjoy them. The onions should be sliced thin and after adding all the ingredients, rubbed nicely with hands. This oozes out water and the flour and spices stick to the onions. How ever if the batter is too dry sprinkle a few drops of water, but the batter has to be thick. While frying these there are two techniques one where you spread the mixture with your hands while frying, the other is where you take a nice chunk of the batter and flatten it slightly to fry . For sandwiching the Pav we need the later version.

Kanda Bhajiya Pav

Kanda Bhajiya
Garlic chutney
Green chutney
Fried green chillies

Kanda Bhajiya

1 cup chick pea flour
2 onions, sliced thinly
2 green chilly, roughly chopped
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp carom seeds

1/4 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
Pinch cooking soda
Salt to taste

Place all the above ingredients in a bowl and rub them with your hands.
Sprinkle a few drops of water to get a firm thick batter.
Take a big chunk of the batter and flatten it.
Deep fry till golden.

Assembling the Kanda Bhajiya Pav
Slit the Pav.
Apply green chutney on one side.
Sprinkle dry garlic chutney on the other.
Place the Kanda Bhajiya and make the sandwich.
Enjoy it with fried green chillies.

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