• Komal Soni

Bao Bhaji

💛 Ingredients 💛

For bao:

Combine the following to make a soft dough, cover, and let it rest for 30 minutes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup warm milk

  • Water as needed

  • Oil for brushing/spraying

For bhaji:

Combine the following in a pressure cooker and whilst for 3-4 times:

  • 3 potatoes, halved

  • 100 grams cauliflower

  • 50 grams capsicum

  • 50 grams eggplant

  • 50 grams peas

  • 2 cups water

For bhaji gravy:

  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • Salt to taste

  • 2 teaspoon red chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons cumin-coriander powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala

  • 2 teaspoon pavbhaji masala

  • 1/2 cup coriander, chopped

💚 Instructions 💚

For bhaji:

  • In a pan, heat butter.

  • Add in chopped tomatoes and all the masalas and let it cook for 10 minutes.

  • Now mash all the boiled vegetables and add them into the gravy.

  • Add coriander and mix until well combined.

  • Cover and let it cook for 5 more minutes.

For bao:

  • Once the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough gently and knead for 1 minute.

  • Cut the dough into 3 equal parts.

  • Then roll out the dough in a big and slightly thick round shape.

  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out small rounds from the dough.

  • Brush or spray some oil over each small round.

  • Fold them in halves.

  • Place these onto a small sheet of baking paper or cupcake paper.

  • Place all of the shaped buns onto a large tray, cover with a thin towel, and place in a warm place for about 30 minutes for the buns to rise again.

Steaming bao:

  • Prepare the steamer on the stove.

  • Steam the buns for 15 minutes, or until they are puffy, soft, and cooked well.

Making Bao bhaji:

  • Take a bao bun and open it slightly.

  • Fill around 2 teaspoons of bhaji in it.

  • Garnish with some chopped coriander and tomato.

  • And serve these amazing Indian fusion baos while it's warm.

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