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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pav Bhaji-Pav Bhaji Recipe-Pav Bhaji Masala

Pav Bhaji is a a very popular Indian fast food dish common in Mumbai. Pav means bread and bhaji means mashed vegetable dish. It is a spicy preparation with mixed vegetables in tomato gravy, topped with a dollop of butter. It is served with pav toasted with butter. It is easy to make Pav Bhaji at home. Today let us learn how to prepare Pav Bhaji at home following this very easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Pav Bhaji-Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji-How to make Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategoryFast Food-Street Food-Mumbai
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   For the Pav

   Pav/pav buns - as required (as shown in the picture)
   Butter to toast pav - as needed

   For the Bhaji

   Onion - 2
   Tomato - 3 (large and ripe)
   Potato - 3
   Carrot and beans together -1 cup heaped (chopped)
   Peas - 1/3 cup
   Capsicum - 1 medium size
   Salt as required

   To Grind

   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Garlic - 4-5 cloves
   Green Chilli - 2

   Spice Powder

   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Pav Bhaji Masala - 2 tsp (available in all stores)
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Butter - 2 tbsp
   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp (optional)

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped

   For Serving

   Onion - 2-3 tbsp finely chopped
   Lemon wedges - 2-3
   Butter -2 tsp


Pressure cook potatoes, peel the skin, mash it slightly and keep it aside.

Chop all the vegetables into small pieces.

Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli to a paste.

preparations for pav bhaji

Steam cook beans, carrot and peas with a little salt or you can pressure cook keeping it in a vessel (do not add water to the carrot + beans + peas) inside the cooker for 1 whistle alone (See picture below).

cook beans carrot and peas


Heat oil + butter in a pan, add finely chopped onions and saute stirring continuously till golden brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process. (you can season 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds if you prefer).

sauteing onions

Now add ginger + garlic+ green chilli paste and saute for a few minutes.

adding ginger garlic paste

Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes become mushy.

how to make pav bhaji masala

Add carrot, beans, peas and capsicum.

Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala and mix well.

how to make pav bhaji at home

Add potatoes, needed salt, water needed and mix well. Cook covered on low heat for 10-15 minutes.

how to prepare pav bhaji

Then mash the bhaji well with a masher. Bhaji should neither be thick nor thin, so add water accordingly.

pav bhaji -Mumbai style

Cook for another 2-3 minutes on low heat. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and add 2 tsp of butter on top.

how to make pav bhaji

Delicious Bhaji is now ready to be served.

How to serve Pav Bhaji

Slice pav horizontally. Apply butter on both sides and toast pav until brown on both sides. Serve with hot bhaji topped with finely chopped raw onions and few drops of lemon juice.

You can also sandwich pav with bhaji and serve as seen in the picture below.

Pav Bhaji Recipe-Pav Bhaji Masala
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  1. love this dish and urs look very tempting...

  2. Yum, we love pav bhaji! I usually add cauliflower. Do you have a favorite pav bhaji masala brand, or do you make the spice blend yourself?

  3. Love this. Always my favorite in chaats.

  4. one of my favorite...
    looks perfect and delicious dear :)

  5. Everyone's favorite. Thanks for sharing.. Nice Pics..

  6. wow thats a lovely recipe with a very temptg picture...my fav always

  7. The pav bhaji looks so irresistable. Yummy!!

  8. its a fav of mine and im so glad i have no so many variations 2 work on :)

  9. all time fav!! i usually stir it up on lazy days...would like to try ur version!

  10. An all time family favourite, urs look very tempting and tasty,nice presentation. Happy to know that ur blog is back in full swing.

  11. I'll never resist this, my favourite street food. Looks absolutely yumm.

  12. That's my fav. It looks so irresistible...

  13. love this dish..looks delicious!!

  14. Lovely Pav and Bhaji.. Looks very delicious and inviting :-)

  15. Blog looks very nice..i am happy to follow your wonderful blog..

  16. mah all time fav...looks yummmmmm

  17. slurrrrrrrrrp...my fav. weekend eat! well prepared and presented!!

  18. Yummyyyyyy ..I love chat and this is no exception ....worth drooling

  19. Looks highly tempting!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  20. Looks wonderful and sure would have tasted good.

  21. The pics are just so killing that how would someone resist such a delicacy?? I'm loving it, loving it and simply loving it!! :)

  22. Drool worth recipe. Nice presentation.

  23. looks perfect! I am in a drool pool here :)

  24. This looks yummy....you have a lovely blog...I am having a giveaway in my blog..Y dont you check and join that

  25. Yummy pav bhaji ...I just love the flavour of the bhaji ..looks delicious!

  26. Yummmmmmmm! All time fav recipe and yours is outstanding!

  27. The most popular chaat and my fav too :-)

  28. Delicious pav bhaji...drooling!

  29. Lovely recipe...First time here. Love ur space and happy to follow u.

  30. Hi padhu, how are you?recently I made vegetable biryani, vegetable fried rice ,lemon rice and rava kesari sweet .all recipes came to well.my in-laws are coming to my house.I want to make special for them.so I want to try pav bhaji.Everest pav bhaji masala is good or not?please suggest the which brand of pav bhaji masala is best ?

    1. Everest pav bhaji masala is good. I used only that for this recipe. I do not know about other brands.

    2. Sarika Suman -Thanks for liking my recipes and glad to know that the recipes turned out good.

  31. Yummy declious.but boil d vegetables all in pressure cooker it ll save d time

  32. Instead of capsicum you can use cabbage.boil the all the vegetables in a presure cooker at same time so time will be saved..tomatoes instead of boil we can make puree it gives nice taste and red colour.

  33. Ya I tried this preparation super yummy pav bhaji thank you so much

  34. Hi padhu, I usually see your website for any doubt in my cooking and you're awesome... Thanks a lot for all the recipies, I mostly tried pavbhaji and other North Indian side dishes and some chutnies.. very easy to follow.. thanks again..

  35. Wow!an adorable recipe ......
    It looks yummy...I'll try it today ...
    Thanks mam

  36. Hi padhu. I tried pav bhaji today by following your steps. It came out well. My husband loved it. Thank you very much. Can we add tamato puree instead of pieces


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