The king of Mumbai’s street food
India is home to a lot of amazing food. Street food is a big part of our culinary heritage and Mumbai is a city with an extremely vibrant array of street food to sample. People will always war over what street food is the best and if you bring other cities into the mix, the rivalry is hot. I’m not going to get into a debate about these titles but instead I want to showcase what is definitely one of Mumbai’s favourite and most popular dishes. It’s called Pav Bhaji.
If I have to literally translate it, pav means bread and bhaji means vegetable. If I had to compare this to something a non Indian would be able to reference it to, I would compare this to a Chilli Con Carne (I have a Keto one too) but made with vegetables instead of meat. It’s a base of potato with green peppers, tomato and other vegetables that are slow cooked into a nice spiced mash. This is further cooked with butter, onions and more spices. The key to the most delicious pav bhaji is normally the copious amounts of butter used.
Of course we’re making ours today without the potato and instead of serving it with pav I will serve it with a version of my 90 second Keto bread. Remember, cauliflower is the new potato.
Vegetable carbs are good carbs
Just as it is true that not all fats are good, it’s the same with carbs. Not all carbs are equal, some are more equal than others. Vegetables are good for most people (before the carnivores attack me) and honestly most of them have a fairly low GI as well. I was expecting this recipe to be rather carb loaded but it’s not. At 8grams net carbs this is definitely something you can fit into your day’s macros. To up the fat even more just add another tablespoon of butter, that will enhance the flavour even more.
When it comes to choice of vegetables I stuck with the very basic ones however you can add things like spinach, cabbage and even mushrooms to this mix. There are many versions of pav bhaji and one that would be particularly good on Keto would be cheese pav bhaji, so just grate some cheese over this and you are good to go.
As a food lover I don’t discriminate against food. It can be vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or even carnivore. My interest is with the taste. I like good tasting food. Life is too short to not have it filled with good food. It makes no sense to deprive yourself of something tasty. So enjoy!
Nutrition Info (Per serving)
- Calories: 330
- Net Carbs: 8g
- Carbs: 13g
- Fat: 30g
- Protein: 4g
- Fiber: 5g
This recipe makes 4 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.