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Pav Bhaji

One of the most flavorful and popular Indian street food made with mashed vegetables mixed with a variety of spices and served with onions, lemon wedges, and buns.

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Pav bhaji is a combination of pav (bread) and bhaji (curried vegetables). It’s an easy-to-make and immensely satisfying meal. It’s a famous Mumbai street food made with spicy mashed vegetables, served hot with a generous amount of butter, finely chopped red onions, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and warm toasted pavs, also known as dinner rolls or buns.

close look of pav bhaji served on a plate with onions and lemon wedges

You can add any of your favorite vegetables to your bhaji. I have used potatoes, peas, and carrots. Potatoes form the base of bhaji, so they are a must. In addition to these, you can add cauliflower and capsicum.

The boiled vegetables are cooked with a special blend of spices known as pav bhaji masala. It’s basically a combination of spices such as dried mango powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and many more.

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close look of pav bhaji served on a plate with onions and lemon wedges

Pav Bhaji

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

One of the most flavorful and popular Indian street food made with mashed vegetables mixed with a variety of spices and served with onions, lime wedges, and buns.

Ingredients

For bhaji

  • 1 cup green peas
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 3-4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 Tbsp ghee/butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 Tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 cups water

For assembly

  • 5-6 lemon wedges
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp butter
  • Pavs (dinner rolls)

Instructions

    1. In a pressure cooker, add green peas, potatoes, and carrots and pressure cook them on medium heat for 5-6 whistles. Alternatively, you can add these veggies to a deep pan and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes.
    2. Add tomatoes and green chillies in a mixer grinder and make a puree.
    3. Now heat a pan or kadhai on low heat and add butter, cumin seeds, and onions. Cook until onions are golden brown. Then add Kashmiri red chilli powder and garlic paste. Mix everything well.
    4. Now add tomato and green chilli puree. Cook until oil separates.
      Then add the boiled vegetables, garam masala, turmeric powder, and pav bhaji masala. Mix everything well and mash the vegetables using a masher. Add water and cook for 8-10 minutes on low heat.
      Add salt, more water if required, and mix and mash again. Simmer for another 5 minutes and finally add 2-3 Tbsp butter or ghee on the top.
    5. Now heat a flat pan or tawa on low heat and apply butter on the pav and toast them on the pan until crisp and golden brown from both sides.
    6. Add a spoonful of bhaji in a bowl, and serve with toasted pavs, chopped onions, and lemon wedges on the side. Pav Bhaji is ready to be served!
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 765Total Fat 47gSaturated Fat 28gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 118mgSodium 1630mgCarbohydrates 85gFiber 16gSugar 17gProtein 13g

The nutrition info calculated is just a rough estimate and is provided as a courtesy. Bear in mind that value will vary based on variables like a specific brand or type of product used. To obtain the most accurate representation, it is highly recommended that you calculate it on your own with the actual amount and type of ingredient used.

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