It was so much fun learning a new way of making Pav Bhaji. I loved how much flavour it has as we layered flavour on top of flavour to get that "Mumbai" Street food feel.
Mumbai felt like no other place.
Bustling with the cries of the people and the motors of the cars.
At 9 years old fresh from the quiet backwater of Jamnagar, I would venture out into the street. The
delicacies of Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji ignited a passion in me. Hours upon hours I would watch stallholders making delicious dishes for hours on end and I dared to dream that I would sell as those same stallholders one day.
The dream was delayed as I swiftly married my husband from East
Africa and found myself in the suburbia that was West London. Mumbai
dreams disappeared for 35 years as I was blessed with a career and two
Then the dream returned after being made redundant. After a few
months of boring redundancy frustration at home, my son suggested I do
Nana’s Chutneys was born. From the inner-city London markets, we started selling weekly before
supplying a few restaurants. Building up loyal customers and helping
them with online cookery classes during lockdown. Post lockdown we
expanded into a range of London farmers' markets.
I realised I was not no old and indeed it was worth it. My dream followed me and was embellished by my life experience. You can do anything at any age.
I found that life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Thank you for reading my story.
See you at the Nana’s Chutneys stall.
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Pav Bhaji is Mumbai's favourite street food dish. Millions of Mumbaikers eat this dish everyday. Popular with everyone it is found on every street corner. Nana wants you guys to know how to make this beautiful dish. With our Chili and Coriander Chutney to accompany this meal, you will experience a concoction on your palette!
Pav - This is dinner rolls. In India, they are eggless rolls which can be easily found at an indian grocery store. However you can choose to use any diner rolls or burger buns for pav bhaji. We used to even enjoy it with sliced bread.
Bhaji - It is made from potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato base. The main vegetables to use for pav bhaji are - cauliflower, green peas, carrots, bell pepper (or capsicum).
Chili & Garlic Chutney - for a kick of spice with fresh garlic to transform this dish.