Pav Bhaji Pop-Up

- 11:00 am

Pav Bhaji Pop-Up

April 15, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm

Come down to the Flatlander Classroom for a special pop-up meal with longtime Co-op instructor Sirisha Bhandaru! Sirisha will be making Pav Bhaji, or what she calls a "vegetarian sloppy joe", one of the most popular street foods of Mumbai, India. It's a tangy, spicy vegetable mash that is served with soft bread rolls (pav) that are toasted in butter. It is garnished with finely chopped onions to add a fresh juicy crunch and a lime wedge for those who like it extra tangy. The buttery pav used to sop up all the vegetable goodness is the perfect complement to the spicy bhaji. It helps tone it down just enough to make you go for the second bite, the third bite, until you devour your pav and are craving more. That's the beauty of pav bhaji!


Preorder your Pav Bhaji and come eat it in the classroom (or take it to go!) on Saturday, April 15th anytime between 11am - 1pm.


Cost is $15 and includes:

  • Bhaji: vegetable mash with potatoes, onion, tomatoes, carrots, green pepper, green peas, garlic, ginger & spices
  • 3 Pav (rolls)
  • Cilantro
  • Onion
  • Lime


Supply is limited so make sure you preorder!




About the Instructor:



Sirisha Bhandaru grew up in Andhra Pradesh and Bombay, India where she spent many summers with her grandmother, who taught her how to cook authentic dishes from scratch using home grown ingredients. As she grew older and her family moved to different regions of India for her father’s work, she was exposed to the unique range of regional Indian cuisines. She moved to Champaign, IL nearly two decades ago. Sirisha has been a longtime local food enthusiast and uses Central Illinois ingredients to inspire her recipe development. Since 2016, Sirisha has taught dozens of cooking classes at Common Ground teaching regional Indian cuisines and has adjusted her recipes to highlight local and seasonally-relevant ingredients. Sirisha incorporates Indian culinary arts traditions into her cooking classes with the aim to teach her students how they can incorporate these techniques and artistry in their own cooking. In addition to cultural cuisine instruction, Sirisha also manages her popular Instagram food blog page, My Craves and Raves, known for professional food styling and photography, food storytelling, and recipes.

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