Since it was Independence Day, I really wanted to celebrate by eating Indian food. So on Wednesday, we shared some delicious Pav Bhaaji in our apartment. Pav Bhaaji (pav=bread; bhaaji=vegetable) is a spicy, sloppy street food unique to Bombay. (The last time I ate this dish was last Independence Day, and I blogged about it here.)
First, make the bhaaji: cauliflower, capsicum, potato, oil, tomato, butter, pav bhaaji masala, garlic, chili, cumin, cilantro. Then, slather some butter onto bread (we used hamburger buns), turn the stove up high, and roast the slices till a crispy, buttery brown. Top the bread with the bhaaji, chopped onions, more cilantro, green chili, and lime. MM.
Then, today, instead of getting food from the India Day parade, we tried out the hot Indian buffet / salad bar from Whole Foods on 14th street.
We ate it in the park. It was pretty decent. I got saag paneer (excellent), chunna (decent), vegetable biryani (very tasty), 1 samosa (not great), chutney, raita, and some onions for $10.55. It was quick, filled me up and satisfied my (rare) craving for Indian food.