Manchurian Pav or Manchuria Pav as it is known in Hyderabad is a street food from Hyderabad. It is a twist to Pav Bhaji and what a yummy twist! I love it. Despite the fat. That is why I decided to try making it at home so that I can make it healthier. I am yet to find a city (with exception to Mumbai) where you can get yummy food 24×7. Street food in Hyderabad is amazing. The city is dotted with tons of stalls selling roadside snacks. One such place is a juice/pan shop called Mayur. I don’t know if this dish is available elsewhere but I love it at this place. I always prepare extra bhaji and freeze it for the days I am too tired to cook. It comes in handy for quick snacks like this one.
This snack should be cooked on high heat throughout. Idea is not to let the capsicum lose it’s crunch or not to overcook the onions. It should be cooked but still crunchy. You can cook it in butter if you like but using oil or even olive oil does not alter the taste a lot.
This dish gets soggy very fast. You need to make it just before eating. You can prepare the ingredients in advance and cook it just before eating/serving. This is a perfect snack with evening tea or for that 5 pm hunger. You can enjoy this Indian fast food with hot tea or finish it off with a glass of chilled juice.
- 2 Pavs/burger buns cut into 8 pieces each
- 4-5 tbsp bhaji
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 small green chilli chopped
- 1 tsp ginger finely chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tbsp onions chopped
- 2 tbsp capsicum chopped
- 2 tsp pav bhaji masala
- ¼ tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp fresh coriander chopped
- 1 tbsp sev
- salt to taste
Heat oil in a deep pan or kadhai. Add ginger, garlic, and green chillies and cook for a minute. Add onions and cook for a minute or till the onions are translucent. Add capsicum and cook for 30-45 seconds. Add pav bhaji masala, garam masala, bhaji, and salt. Mix well. Add the pav pieces and mix well. Transfer to the serving dish and top it with sev and chopped coriander. Serve immediately.