Pav Bhaji

Posted: August 10, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Street Food
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Recipe Yields: 4 Servings

Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji (also spelled as pao bhaji and pau bhaji) is very popular fast food in Mumbai. Pav in Marathi means bread (borrowed from Portuguese pão). Bhajiis means for a curry and vegetable dish. Pav bhaji consists of the bhaji (a potato-based curry) and the pav, garnished with coriander and chopped onions. It is normally served with heavy dose of butter, so it is not most healthy dish. So apart from guilt of having so much butter, this dish is amazing.

Pav Bhaji represents Mumbai on a plate, which has influences from all the people who have lived and loved the city. If you visit this beautiful city, you will see pav bhaji stalls a lot and you will hear sound of metal hitting the Iron Tava on which bhaji is cooked. It is a delight.

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji


  • 1 medium potato, boiled and peeled
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, carrots and frozen peas
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon pav bhaji masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Pav/buns for serving


  • Heat oil in a large skillet, add chopped onions, garlic, ginger and green chillies and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all the veggies, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, pav bhaji masala and salt to taste and cover the pan and cook until the veggies are tender.
  • Now add crushed tomatoes, boiled potatoes and some water and again cover the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Mash all the veggies with potatoes masher as fine as you can and add some water and cover the pan, simmer the gas and cook for 4-5 minutes more.
  • Again mash the veggie and add 1 tablespoon of butter to it and simmer the gas and cook until the oil separates from the masala.
  • You need a thick, mashed gravy with the veggies. So, you have to mash it at least 3-4 times and cook covering it with water.
  • Once the masala is done, heat another pan with butter, slit the pav horizontally and toast slightly brown.
  • Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves into the masala.
  • Serve with some chopped red onion, green chillies, lemon wedges on side and top the masala with butter and enjoy it hot.
Pav bhaji

Pav bhaji

  1. Choclette says:

    This looks truly delicious. I love Indian food, but I’ve not come across using butter in this way before – I like it.

  2. Oh wow Suman, all your recipe and pic takes straight to India sob sob….i have been missing all these goodies, now atleast have great pic to drool on when i miss and thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur kind comments 🙂

  3. arthi says:

    love pav bhaji!! looks delicious!!

  4. Rachana says:

    Its lunch time here and after seeing this delicious pav bhaji am craving it… Yumm!!!!!

  5. prathibha says:

    Luv to eat this anytime….looks yummy…

  6. What a lovely colour! looks so yummy dear…

  7. suma says:

    Looks so inviting!! Would love to eat some authentic Mumbai style street food!!

  8. evertime favorite.. really delicious pav bahji..really tempting pic..

  9. Krishnaveni says:

    delicious and yummy pav bhaji, loved it

  10. Pav bhaji looks very tempting. Recipe is well explained and seems much authentic. Beautiful clicks dear!

  11. Gouri Guha says:

    Love Pav bhaji and your dish looks so delicious…feel like getting a taste of it…

  12. Tes says:

    We love pav bhaji, but my husband doesn’t like it with potato. I usually make it with pumpkin. This looks super yummy 🙂

  13. MaryMoh says:

    Thanks for introducing this wonderful, mouth-watering Mumbai dish. I heard a lot about Mumbai.

  14. kshipra says:

    Pav bhaji looks awesome. wonderful color of bhaji.

  15. Jay says:

    wow…this makes me drool…reminds me of my college days…delicious clicks.

  16. I love pav bhaji too and your pic is tempting me to make it soon….looks yummy….

  17. Preethi Ram says:


    Pav Bhaji looks yummy dear. Great dish that’s all time favourite isn’t it. Good Clicks.

    Do knock my blog when you find time.

  18. sangeeta says:

    True tha pav bhaji represents mumbai on a plate.
    your pics look tempting …beautiful.

  19. Joanne says:

    All those spices..I’m drooling at the flavor!

  20. Deepa says:

    Pav Bhaji is my all time favorite roadside snack. Your recipe looks so delicious that feel like grabbing a few Pavs from the monitor right now.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. Nandini says:

    Delicious pav bhaji.

  22. swathi says:


    Pav bhaji looks delicious. In my house, he makes it. I love them. Yours looks perfect.

  23. super yumm…looks so tempting

  24. Aipi says:

    a match made in heaven..i love pav bhaji
    you have recreated the recipe so very perfectly.. lovely lovely color and stunning pics, spl the last one, very tempting!

  25. satya says:

    OMG pav bhaji looks simply awesome …wow what a color …mmmm…yummy …all time favorite ..beautiful clicks suman ..drooling here

  26. shahana says:

    The Pav Baji recipe looks so tempting.yumyumyum…..

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