Kitchens of India Pav Bhaji (Mashed Vegetable Curry)

I love Indian food. I was an adult the first time I had some because it would have been unheard of for a town of my size to have an Indian restaurant back in the 1970s. Fortunately, I now live in an area where there are tons of Indian restaurants. For those of you who aren’t so lucky you will find packaged Indian food available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and even your local grocery store.

I’m a big fan of Kitchens of India packaged foods and order them through Amazon. One of my favorites is Pav Bhaji or Mashed Vegetable Curry. According to the box, “Mashed fresh vegetables simmered in butter, and lightly spiced. A gourmet ready to eat signature dish created by the Master Chefs of ITC Hotels.”

There are three methods of preparing the food, and all are easy. I normally pour the contents into a microwave bowl and heat on high for two minutes.

Half of the pouch provides approximately 250 calories. One of the best things about this particular food is the lack of preservatives. Here are the ingredients: potatoes, tomatoes, butter, capsicum, green peas, onions, garlic, salt, spices and ginger. That’s it. Nothing that you can’t pronounce or have no idea what it is.

I often pair the Pav Bhaji with another Indian dish and eat it with naan. Sometime ago my partner and I concluded that Indian and Mexican foods are similar. As a result, I often eat Indian food like Mexican food. For example, I’ll heat the Pav Bhaji and then spread it on a tortilla (flour or corn) with shredded cheese. I’ll heat it in the microwave while covered by a moist paper towel and then add sour cream, lettuce, and tomato.

Pav Bhaji is spicy and flavorful. The overwhelming vegetable flavor is tomato.

Five out of five stars.

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