This unique curry—a blend of mashed vegetables, ginger, chiles, and spices—is served with small, soft bread rolls called pav that resemble Parker House rolls. The word pav comes from pao, the Portuguese word for bread, originally brought to the country by Portuguese colonists. A popular street food in Mumbai, pav bhaji will often be made with an eponymous spice blend, or masala, used specifically for that purpose. Pav bhaji masala is available in Indian grocery stores, but more readily available garam masala is a fine substitute. Serve the rolls and vegetable curry with plenty of chopped red onion and cilantro, and lime wedges for squeezing.
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