pav bhaji recipe, how to make pav bhaji recipe

pav bhaji recipe – pav is an Indian bread and bhaji is mashed vegetables cooked with spice powder. Learn how to make pav bhaji recipe with step by step photos.
how to make pav bhaji recipe
Mumbai street foods are popular across India, pav bhaji is one of them. This recipe is adapted from chef sanjeev kapoor’s Cook book ‘Ode to Indian Food’. I prepared it several times and came out well every time since the recipe is simple to follow. This is the best pav bhaji recipe that I have ever tried and loved. You can adjust the amount of veggies to suit your taste and liking.
There are many paav bhaji masala powders available in the market which can be used instantly. Each one differs in the flavor and taste ,but the basic ingredients almost remain the same, and only the quantity of ingredients change. So you can chose the one you like. I like my homemade masala powders so I make my own at home.

step by step photos on how to make pav bhaji recipe at home

1. Pressure cook potatoes, cauliflower, and peas for 1 to 2 whistles on a medium flame. You can also use carrots if you like. When the pressure goes off , open the lid. Veggies should be soft cooked.

pressure cooking veggies for making pav bhaji

2. Heat butter or oil in a pan, add onions.
frying onions in butter to make pav bhaji recipe 2

3.  Fry till they turn translucent, add ginger garlic paste and fry until it smells good. Take care not to burn.

ginger pav bhaji recipe 3

4. Add bell pepper. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
frying peppers until little soft for mumbai pav bhaji recipe 4
5. Add chopped tomatoes, fry till tomatoes turn mushy, soft and pulpy.

frying tomatoes until soft indian street food

6.  Add chili powder, turmeric, salt and paav bhaji masala powder. I added turmeric and chili powder after i took the picture.
adding spice powders masala to saute for pav bhaji
7. Mix well and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

mixing frying to make gravy for pav bhaji recipe
8. Add the boiled veggies and mash.

addition of mashed veggies to the pan to make pav bhaji recipe 8
9. Add water as needed and stir. Add kasuri methi. This adds good flavor.

addition of kasuri methi to make indian street food

10. Allow it to simmer for a while to bring out the flavor of masala. When it reaches the desired consistency, add chopped coriander leaves. switch off.

simmering bhaji with veggies to make mumbai pav bhaji recipe 10
11. Slit the pav horizontally leaving one edge intact. Heat butter on a tava. Open the pav and toast it for a while. Can sprinkle masala on the innerside of the pav to make it more spicy.
fry pav garnish and serve

Garnish with coriander leaves, lemon wedges and chopped onions. Serve pav with bhaji.

swasthis pav bhaji recipe garnished with onions coriander leaves


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pav bhaji recipe | how to make pav bhaji recipe
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pav bhaji recipe, India's most popular street food adapted from Sanjeev kapoor's cook book
Recipe type: Main, snack
Cuisine: Indian
Yield / Serves: 4
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower(refer notes)
  • 2 medium or 4 small potatoes
  • ½ cup capsicum chopped
  • ½ to ¾ cup green peas (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil (2 tbsp. suggested)
  • 2 medium onions (3/4 cup finely chopped )
  • 1 green chili optional
  • ½ tsp red chili pow
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¾ to 1 tbsp. paav bhaji masala powder
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 large tomato or 2 medium
  • ¼ tsp kasuri methi / dried fenu greek leaves
  • Additional butter for pav
  • Pav (buns) 4 to 6
for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped onions
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Boil or pressure cook cauliflower, potatoes and peas until cooked fully.
  2. Add butter or oil to a pan and heat up. Add onions and fry till they turn translucent, add ginger garlic paste and fry till it gets fragrant. Fry capsicums for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, fry till tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
  4. Add chili pow,salt and masala powder. mix and fry for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add boiled veggies, mash well.
  6. Pour water just enough to bring to a consistency. Add kasuri methi and cook until it reaches a desired consistency.
  7. Slit the pav buns horizontally leaving one edge intact.
  8. Heat butter on a pan. Open the buns and toast it for a min or two. If you like to make it more spicy, sprinkle some paav bhaji masala powder on the inner side
  9. Garnish with onions, butter and serve hot or warm

for more street foods, check
onion pakoda,
corn chat
chana chat
paneer masala pav

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