Valsad Breakfast | Bataka Bhaji Pav is a simple, but delicious breakfast that is famous on the streets of Valsad. It is made with potatoes and served with bread. The breakfast is easy and quick to prepare.
Valsad is a district in Gujrat and is located in the south of Navsari and Surat. The city is famous for its temples and Mango orchards. Are you wondering why I picked Valsad Breakfast? Well, I left my A to Z of Breakfast on Indian Streets halfway. Today I am going back on it, but under a different theme, Quick Breakfast.
The Bataka Bhaji Pav is a very popular breakfast in Valsad. Bataka is a Gujarati word for potatoes. Normally the Mumbai Pav Bhaji is made with an assortment of veggies, but Bataka Bhaji is primarily made with potatoes. It is a simplified version and has no onion and no garlic. Potatoes are always a favorite with most, so you can never go wrong with this one. Served with Indian Pav, the Bhaji is served on the streets of Valsad. Try making it at home and you are sure to love it.
Ingredients for Valsad Breakfast | Bataka Bhaji Pav
Potato: Boil the potatoes. I prefer to use a pressure cooker, but you can use a microwave or even an open pot for it.
Tomato: Choose ripe and red tomatoes. Chop them finely.
Curry leaves: Fresh curry leaves lend a wonderful aroma and flavor to the Bataja Bhaji.
Herbs: Make a fine paste of ginger and green chilly.
Spices: Use basic everyday spices, like turmeric, coriander, and chilly powder.
Oil: Any cooking oil is fine, if you like Ghee, use it by all means.
How to make Valsad Breakfast | Bataka Bhaji Pav
First, boil the potatoes, peel, and mash them.
Next, chop tomatoes and make ginger and green chilly paste.
Now place a pan to heat. Add oil.
To the hot oil, add curry leaves and ginger chilly paste. Saute for a minute and add the chopped tomatoes.
Cook the tomatoes till soft and mushy.
Add salt, turmeric, and red chilly powder. Cook the spices for a minute and add boiled and mashed potatoes. Mix well so everything is blended uniformly.
Add water to adjust the consistency.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with Pav bread.
Serving Suggestions for Valsad Breakfast | Bataka Bhaji Pav
Serve the Bhaji with Indian Laadi Pav.
Brown bread or white bread or even multigrain bread works well too.
Fried green chilly is for that extra zing.
Garlic Chutney and pav are a combo made in heaven, so I highly recommend it.
Storage Suggestions for Valsad Breakfast | Bataka Bhaji Pav
I always prefer fresh hot food as it tastes best. However, if you want to store the Bhaji you can.
Store the Bhaji for a day or two in the refrigerator, depending on the weather conditions.
I prefer to boil the potatoes fresh, however, pre-boiled potatoes can be used too. Refresh them by adding them to hot water for 5-10 minutes.
The recipe calls for fresh chopped tomatoes, but canned or pureed tomatoes are fine too.
No special spice is used in Bataka Bhaji, it gets its flavor from ginger and chilly, but feel free to use garlic and some Pav Bhaji Masala.
Let us check the other breakfasts that I posted in this series :
A -Z Breakfast on Indian Streets
Valsad Breakfast | Bataka Bhaji Pav
- 2-4 tbsp Oil
- 6 Tomatoes
- Few Curry Leaves
- 1 tbsp Ginger Green Chilly Paste
- 2-3 Potatoes boiled, mashed
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1/2 tsp Chilly Powder
- Salt to taste
- Fried Chillies optional
- Garlic Chutney optional
- Place a pan to heat. Add oil.
- To the hot oil, add curry leaves and ginger garlic paste. Saute for a minute and add the chopped tomatoes.
- Cook the tomatoes till soft and mushy.
- Add salt, turmeric and red chilly powder. Cook the spices for a minute and add boiled and mashed potatoes. Mix well so everything is blended uniformly.
- Add water to adjust the consistency.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with Pav bread, fried chillies and garlic chutney.
- Both fried chillies and garlic chutney are optional, but recommended for that extra flavour.