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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.

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.

Pav Bhaji

Course: Meals, SnacksCuisine: Vegetarian, IndianDifficulty: Easy


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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.


  • 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 lime wedges

  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped

  • 3-4 Tbsp butter

  • Pavs (dinner rolls)


  • 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 pan and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and green chillies in a mixer grinder and make a puree.
  • Now heat a pan 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.
  • 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.
  • Now heat a non-stick pan on low heat and apply butter on the pav and toast them on the pan until crisp and golden brown from both sides.
  • Add a spoonful of bhaji in a bowl, and serve with toasted pavs, chopped onions, and lime wedges on the side. Pav Bhaji is ready to be served!

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