Pav Bhaji


Pav Bhaji

I enjoy preparing street food fare at home. It’s comforting and unpretentiously rooted in Indian culinary tradition. Today, I’m blogging Mumbai’s famous street food, my kind of comfort food – Pav Bhaji. Pav = Soft Bun and Bhaji = a mashed mixed vegetable curry prepared with Pav Bhaji Masala. The key to a good Pav Bhaji lies in the quality of bread and the masala that goes into the making of the spicy bhaji. Makes for a filling evening meal.

Vegetables - carrots, capsicum, beans, potato, cauliflower, peas, onions, tomatoesMixed Vegetable Bhaji
Farm fresh assorted vegetables ~ Mixed Vegetable Bhaji

The bhaji makes optimum use of Mother Nature’s bountiful supply of fresh vegetables. Not less than 7-8 variety of vegetables go into its making. Now that sure makes it nutrient rich, doesn’t it? :)

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 50-60 mts

Serves 7-8 persons

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Ingredients:

1 large carrot, cubed

2 potatoes, cubed

1 capsicum, chopped

1 cup cauliflower florets, chop

8-10 french beans, string and chop

1/4 cup green peas

2 onions, finely chopped

2 green chillis, slit length wise

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1 1/2 tbsps Pav Bhaji Masala

3/4 tsp sugar (adjust)

salt to taste

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp low fat butter (vegans can avoid butter)

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

1 1/2 tbsps oil

16 lightly toasted in butter, pav bread (vegans can use vegan butter substitute)

1 Pressure cook potatoes, cauliflower, peas, beans and carrot along with 1 cup of water, till soft. Drain any left over water and keep aside. Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
2 Heat oil in a vessel, add the green chillis and onions and saute for 4 mts. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another 3 mts. Add capsicum and saute for 2 mts.
3 Add the chilli pwd, turmeric pwd, pav bhaji masala, sugar and salt. Combine well. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft, approx 5-6 mts.
4 Add the mashed vegetables along with a cup of the drained vegetable stock and cook on high for a mt. Reduce flame and simmer for 14-15 mts.
5 The gravy will begin to thicken. Adjust the salt, if required. Turn off heat and add butter and lemon juice and combine. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
6 Serve hot with lightly toasted pav/pau and sliced onions.

Note:

You can use 2-3 vegetables also while preparing the bhaji. I have not used cabbage and beetroot since I did not have them on hand at the time of preparation. Using beetroot will lend a deep reddish purple color to the bhaji.

Indian Street Food - Pau Bhaaji
Pao Bhaaji

Pav Bhaji

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 8

Main Ingredients:

  1. pav
  2. vegetables
  3. potatoes
  4. tomatoes
  5. peas
  6. cauliflower
  7. onions
  8. beans

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Mumbai’s famous street food, a favorite chaat of my family and my kind of comfort food – Pav Bhaji. Pav = Bun and Bhaji = a mashed mixed Vegetable curry prepared with Pav Bhaji Masala. The key to a good Pav Bhaji lies in the quality of bread and the masala that goes into the making of the spicy bhaji.

Sailu

I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden and farmer's market. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I believe that hard work, self-discipline, and a positive attitude cannot help but reap a harvest of fantastic results. Say hello and join me on Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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59 Responses

  1. nadia says:

    I can have pav bhaji anytime! Thank you so much for posting the recipe :)

  2. lucky says:

    Hi sailu,

    HAPPY UGADI to u & your family…

    Pav bhaji looks very tempting….Thank u for the recipe…I think your idea of posting chat items during march is too good. As kids have holidays, we can make these items and keep them happy. Street food but homemade :-) :-)

    Thank u once again sailu garu….

  3. deepa says:

    what brand pav bhaji masala u prefer?

  4. Priya says:

    Nice recipe……Pictures look Delicious.
    Will surely try this week at home.

  5. kalyani says:

    hi Sailu:
    As usual, gr8 recipe and good pics too… I just wanted to clarify, do we really add cabbage to Pav bhaji ( as mentioned by u)… am not sure of that..
    anywyas, gr8 option for dinner too ! I loved the orange pound cake too :)

  6. Krithika says:

    Hello Sailu,
    Wonderful recipe, as usual. Just one thing I wanted to mention…When I make Pav Bhaji, whenever time permits, I try and fry the onions n tomatoes in different pans and then combining them(I use ginger-garlic paste and that gets fried along with the onions). This gives it a brilliant twist and I remember having heard this from a roadside vendor at Mumbai. It always works for me…wonder what makes the difference!

  7. Sri says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Please post the pressure cooker cake recipe………eagerly waiting for that…….

  8. sri says:

    Hi, nice recipe. I think ure not getting the kind of response you should be getting for ur wonderful recipes. just 10 responses for each post. whereas other blogs with zero talent are getting much more. I hope ure doing enough advertising for your blog. Its the best telugu food blog! I think u should get the web page done with a professional. It looks unorganised to me…with the google ads etc

  9. Indhu says:

    that is such a colourful bhaji… looks delicious :)

  10. Mallika says:

    Mmm looks lovely. I have been eating this non stop for two days since making far toooooo much for my daughters birthday yesterday!!

  11. Hyma says:

    I love pav bhaji, it looks yum…..thanks for sharing!

  12. moona says:

    hi,
    i want pav bhaji masala recipe. how can make it?

  13. Memoria says:

    I love all the veggies in this dish. It looks great!!

  14. Reena says:

    Hi Sailu,

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I have been wanting to make one for ages since my hubby loves pav bhaji and was looking for the rite recipe. As always, your pic looks delightful and thank you for your wonderful blog.

  15. lucky says:

    I totally disagree with Sri comments. I feel most of us do not leave comments, though we love the recipe and do try it at home. I myself look out for a new recipe every other day, but I do not leave comments every time. I don’t know if the responses count has anything to do to prove that “Sailu’s food” is the best.

    You rock Sailu and ur blog.

  16. Madhavi says:

    Hi Sailu Garu!
    I like your website and your recipes.I not only look for recipes but just to make me feel nice and happy. When I am home sick or not in a good mood, when I just come to this website and browse i feel good after some time. It makes me feel good. Thank you for everything you are doing.
    Madhavi

  17. Mark @ Cafe Campana says:

    Really nice recipe. I think anything with that many vegetables must be really healthy. I might make this a eat the left overs at work.

  18. vijaya says:

    sailu garu i like ur Recipes, can u plz tell me how to prepare “PANI PURI” recipe at home plz
    thank u,

  19. Aparna Rao says:

    Yummmmooo, thanks for posting the recipe.

  20. Aditi says:

    Another tip that a roadside vendor shared with me was that they add a little cooked chana (chhole)to the pav bhaji. Most of you will have noticed how thick and mashed up the vendor pav bhaji looks and tastes. I have followed it and it definitely gives a nice texture to the pav bhaji.

  21. Dimple postariya bandiya says:

    Hi sailu,
    Thanks you for this great recipe:-).

  22. hema says:

    hi sailu
    iam very happy i found ur blog iam trying ur cakes they r really coming out well and both of my kids r enjoying thanks a lot for u

  23. hema says:

    hi sailu
    iam very happy i found ur blog iam trying ur cakes they r really coming out well and both of my kids r enjoying thanks a lot for u

  24. Sharanashan says:

    thnk u

  25. Sharanashan says:

    i really tried it its delicious

  26. Howie says:

    delicious ! thank you for sharing – Pav Bhaji masala available at mustafas in singapore :)

  27. Arun Bluediamond says:

    luking yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i ll definitely try it
    thanx,,,,,,,,,,……….

  28. Mona says:

    Its really greatly helped me.

  29. Mona says:

    Its really greatly helped me.

  30. Tasnim says:

    hi i want different recepies for chapaties
    ccan u suggest me which are perfect with chapaties n pulkas

  31. Sardau says:

    we LOVED THIS recipe….i think the vegetable stock/broth was a great idea…..thanks

  32. Ramya Ayyappan says:

    i just loved cooking it with the help of ur reciepe

  33. Ramya Ayyappan says:

    i just loved cooking it with the help of ur reciepe

  34. Gaayuu says:

    Tried this for dinner today…..super yuumoo!!!Pav bhaji is classes comfort food.I made a paste ith onion ,garlic,green chillies and a little cilantro and added to the fried onions.A small twist but end result tasted awesome.Thanks Sailu for all your creative ideas:-)

  35. Gaayuu says:

    Tried this for dinner today…..super yuumoo!!!Pav bhaji is classes comfort food.I made a paste ith onion ,garlic,green chillies and a little cilantro and added to the fried onions.A small twist but end result tasted awesome.Thanks Sailu for all your creative ideas:-)

  36. neha says:

    thanks a lot

  37. isidor says:

    Thanks! for the Bhaji recepie.Request to post PAV recepie.Yes! its readily available in the Bakery store.But in case of making it at home kitchen

  38. Ash says:

    What brand of pav bhaji masala do u recommend

  39. Ash says:

    What brand of pav bhaji masala do u recommend

  40. Vineeshareddyjetty says:

    nice

  41. Mahiraman says:

    wow…thats an amazing recioe, gona try today itself……..thanks a lot sailu!!!!

  42. Dayaphdgenetics says:

    its good mother reciepe
    daya

  43. Gvani05 says:

    Thanks sailu Garu…for posting such a nice and delicious recipe…I cooked pav bhaji yesterday,it was so yummy :)

  44. anu says:

    Hi Sailu Garu!
    I like your website and your recipes.I not only look
    for recipes but just to make me feel nice and happy. When I am home sick
    or not in a good mood, when I just come to this website and browse i
    feel good after some time. It makes me feel good. Thank you for
    everything you are doing.

  45. Manasa Murty says:

    Just the thing I need for today!! A rainy day. Will make this with the bun recipe..U rock Sailu:)..

  46. Nicole Der Ananian says:

    I love this recipe! some of the spices remind me of some of the Armenian dishes that I make! thank you for the great recipe! absolutely delicious!

  47. praseeth k p says:

    it was delicious, i tried it in may home and serve it for all my family members and friends…they all appreciate me..thank you for posting this recipe…

  48. Bacho Paul says:

    hi sailu,thank u for giving a wonderful recipe .but i dont no how to make pav bhaji masala ,will u share it with me

  49. kiran says:

    Hi Sailu, Thanks for the recipe. Can you also provide the recipe for the pav bhaji masala or suggest which brand you use. My PB always goes for a toss and I suspect its because of the masala. Thanks!

  50. neha says:

    this is the best pav bhaji recipe

  51. Albert says:

    Thanks very much. I did it exactly by the recipe and was little skeptical in the beginning. But it turned out to be way better I had expected. Wonderful recipe and dish.

  52. simrat says:

    which pav bhaji masala did u use?
    because few of them turn the bhaji into black colour

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