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Pav Bhaji

- Submitted by Dahlia on 27th Oct 2011

(Mumbai Pav Bhaji)

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a fast food which is found both in road side stalls as well as in big hotels. The bhaji is finger licking delicious made with potatoes and other mixed vegetables. It gets its flavors from the pav bhaji masala (a special blend of spices), onion, cilantro and lemon juice. The pav (bun) served with the bhaji is buttered and toasted.

Traditionally pav bhaji is prepared using a big iron griddle (tawa). The vegetables are cooked, mashed and flavored in the tawa. At home it can easily be prepared using a pressure cooker and a flat pan. This can be served as a light meal or as an evening snack.

Recipe For Pav Bhaji

Serves : 4


  • Potatoes - 2 (cubed)
  • Mixed Vegetables - about 2 cups (You can use whatever vegetables that you have on hand. The vegetables may include (but not limited to) carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, radish, brinjal, capsicum, zucchini, beans etc.)
  • Green Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Tomatoes - 3 or 4 (crushed)
  • Green Chillies - 2 
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Pav Bhaji Masala - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
  • Butter - 3-4 tbsp
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped for garnish)
  • Lemon Wedges - for garnish


  1. Take a pressure cooker, add the onions, potatoes, mixed vegetables, green peas, green chillies, about 1 cup water and salt. Cook for 2-3 whistles.
  2. After the pressure goes down, mash all the cooked vegetables using a potato masher or with the back of a thick spoon. 
  3. Heat the butter in a flat wide pan and add the ginger garlic paste to it. Add the tomatoes and let it cook for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add the pav bhaji masala,  the mashed up vegetables and the lemon juice.
  5. Let it cook till it becomes a very thick gravy.
  6. Garnish with chopped onions, lemon wedges, a blob of butter or cilantro. Serve piping hot with toasted pav buns, burger buns, hot dog buns or white bread. 

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Comments (20)

Person Satyam jain rapariya   (June 10, 2016)
thanks for help me and it, s so nice recepes
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 13, 2016)
Thank you.
Person sachi   (August 21, 2015)
thanks it helped me in my school project and it is very tasty.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (August 22, 2015)
Thats good to hear. Enjoy!!
Person sachi   (August 21, 2015)
thanks it helped me in my school project and it is very tasty.
Person Pradnya   (February 2, 2014)
Its very nic...
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 3, 2014)
thank u..
Person maha   (January 14, 2014)
maha lakshmi

thanks it is sooooooooooo good
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 18, 2014)
thank you.
Person sharmi   (December 23, 2013)
I don't have bag baji Marsala what can I do?
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (December 31, 2013)
Pav bhaji masala gives a very nice authentic taste. You can buy in any indian grocery store. If not, you can add 2 tsp of corriander powder, 1 tsp of fennel powder, 1 tsp of red chilly powder, 1 tsp of amchoor powder and 1 tsp of garam masala powder instead.
Person Sukriti   (June 20, 2013)
thanks guys... :)
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 21, 2013)
u r welcome.
Person Jason Buckley   (February 20, 2013)
I have this bhaji on the stove now for the first time! It smells so good! I am adding cauliflower, peas, and okra after mashing for texture. Cant wait to try it with the Phulka I am making too!
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (February 21, 2013)
Great!! Do try and give your comments..
Person raji   (May 21, 2012)
it is a wholesome subzi for the children who are not eating all the vegetables.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (May 7, 2012)
Even I add pretty much any vegetable that I have on hand....... potatoes and green peas being a must...
Person raji   (May 7, 2012)
my top floor neigbour used to add lauki, beetroot also. once when she gave me the bhaji, the colour was different. i asked her why so, she said because of beetroot. sharing has lot of benefits.
Person raji   (April 18, 2012)
this is yummy.

we all love this.
Person Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (April 18, 2012)
Its our family favorite too..

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