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Cheesy Garlic Masala Pav Sliders

Cheesy Garlic Masala Pav Sliders

Shweta Arora
Cheesy Garlic Masala Pav Sliders is a garlic, cheese and pav bhaji lovers delight. It has all the goodness of the popular Mumbai Street food masala pav in addition to cheese and a wash made with butter, garlic that takes this recipe to the next level. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack dinner rolls/ pavs 12 count
  • 4 oz salted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala store-bought
  • 8 oz shredded pepper jack monterey jack cheese with jalapeños peppers (or mozarella or any cheese of choice)
  • 2 tablespoon red onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped

For Garlic Butter

  • 4 oz salted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala store-bought
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped
  • pinch of salt optional and to taste

For Bhaji Masala

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds zeera
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 bell pepper chopped, using half green and half red
  • 3 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala optional
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice or to taste

Instructions
 

For making the Spicy Bhaji (Masala) -Stove Top Method:

  • In a pan/skillet or dutch oven, heat butter and once it starts to melt, add the cumin seeds and wait till they splutter. 
  • Then add the onions and cook until translucent on which add the minced garlic and cook until the raw smell disappears.
  • Stir in the bell pepper, tomatoes, add salt, pepper. Mix, cover and cook until the tomatoes are soft. Then add the tomato paste, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala and cook for another minute or so or until most of the moisture has dried off. We don’t want the masala to be too wet. 
  • Finish off with squeeze of lemon juice, chaat masala and cilantro. This masala can be made a day or two in advance and stored in airtight container in refrigerator or can even be frozen.

For making the Spicy Bhaji (Masala) -Instant Pot Method:

  • Start the Instant Pot on saute mode and once hot add butter.
  • To the melted butter and cumin seeds and minced garlic and cook for a few seconds (without burning garlic).
  • Immediately add in the onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, all spices - salt, pepper, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala with ¼ cup of of water. Mix well.
  • Cancel saute mode and close the instant pot lid with vent to sealing for 2 min followed by quick release when done.
  • Start the Instant pot back on saute mode and dry out any moisture if any left (about 5 mins or less). We don’t want the masala to be too wet.
  • Finish off with squeeze of lemon juice, chaat masala and cilantro. This masala can be made a day or two in advance and stored in airtight container in refrigerator or can even be frozen.

For Making the Cheesy Garlic Masala Pav Sliders:

  • Slice the ladi pav (12 dinner rolls) lengthwise half way across using a serrated knife. Take a baking dish and grease it with some butter or if using a baking tray line it with parchment paper.
  • Place the bottom half of the dinner rolls on the prepared dish/tray and apply butter followed by an even sprinkle of pav bhaji masala.
  • Layer on half of the cheese evenly on the dinner rolls, followed spicy bhaji masala, chopped red onions and cilantro. Top it off with remaining cheese.
  • Apply butter followed by an even sprinkle of pav bhaji masala for the top half of the dinner rolls and place on top of cheese to close.
  • Make the garlic butter by melting  the butter in microwave for 20 seconds or until melted. And to it add the minced garlic, pinch of salt, cilantro and some pav bhaji masala.
  • Apply garlic butter on the top of each roll and spread evenly.  
  • Cover with aluminum foil and Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 20-25 mins or until the cheese had melted. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-7 mins uncovered.
  • Remove from the oven and cut into squares (using sharp serrated knife) along the pav lines and serve warm topped with some onions, cilantro.

Notes

  • If you are bringing this dish to a potluck or party, you can bake this and take it to the venue and then reheat them in the oven or microwave for 5-7 mins uncovered just before serving.
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