Is there ever a reason to pair hot bhaji (Bah-jee) with cold bread? Not by my lights, or by Vatan's. At its Diwali festival stall, that restaurant buttered soft rolls, or pav (Pow), and toasted them on the tawa alongside a vibrant vegetable curry. As served, pav bhaji ($5) can be assembled into a sandwich, but it's customary instead to use the pav as a utensil, wiping up bhaji bit by bit like a very sloppy sloppy joe.
Saraswati Cultural Association Diwali
Exchange Place (vicinity of Montgomery and Greene Sts.), Jersey City
(The 2016 celebration was held on October 16)