Monday, September 22, 2014

Pav bhaji recipe - Mumbai pav bhaji recipe

making pav bhaji
Pav bhaji recipe - Pav bhaji is a famous street food of Mumbai or Bombay.  It is a common scene that several carts are serving pav bhaji on streets and beach. Now it is a popular fast food in all parts of India. For the preparation of this bhaji, I have used MTR pav bhaji masala which is readily available in the shop. 

This potato based bhaji has a special taste and texture. Besides potatoes, other vegetables like cauliflower, green peas and capsicums are used to make it more healthier and tasty. This bhaji is usually served with pavs or bread slices. 

Now a days pav bhaji has become staple food of many homes. Making pav bhaji with easily available masala is not a big task. Pavs especially prepared for this pav bhaji is available at any time in bakery shop. It is a full meal itself and you don't even need to prepare any other staple food like chapathi, sabzi, rice etc. 

This is a versatile dish served in parties, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will get pav bhaji out side of schools, offices and parks. I have used bread slices in the place of pav. To make a use of already available bread slices, I have not bough the pavs. Like pavs, bread slices are also shallow fried in butter. 

Pav Bhaji Recipe - Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe 
pav bhaji in a serving plate
Preparation time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 20 minutes
Serves - 4

  • 1 + 1 large onions
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 large tomato, grated
  • 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • (I have used MTR pav bhaji masala )
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric / haldi
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ + ½  lemon
  • 1½ tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
Vegetables needed
  • 1 large potato
  • 3/4 cup green peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 large capsicum, chopped

1.  Wash the green peas, capsicums and cauliflower florets separately. Cut the capsicum into two halves. Remove the seeds and chop it into small pieces. Heat 3 cups of water in a deep vessel and boil the cauliflower, capsicums and green peas until soft.
cooked vegetables for pav bhaji
2.  Wash and peel the potato. Cut it into large cubes and steam it till  soft.
Mash the steamed potatoes and keep it aside.
mashed potatoes for pav bhaji
3.  Grate 1 large onion. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Saute for a minute and add the  grated onions. Stir till the onions turn translucent. (Reserve another onion to garnish the bhaji.)
tempering onions for pav bhaji
4.  Once the onions become translucent, add the grated tomatoes.
tomato added for pav bhaji
5.  Cook covered till the tomatoes become soft.
cooking onions and tomatoes
6.  Add the pavbhaji masala, chilli powder, coriander powder, jeera  powder and haldi powder to the onion tomato mixture. 
masala added to cooked onions
7.  Saute for 2 minutes on low flame. Prevent it from burning.
masala mixed for pav bhaji
8.  Add 2 cups of vegetable stock and salt, stir to combine.
vegetable stock added
9.  Add the mashed potatoes and mix well.
mashed poataoes added
10. Add the boiled green peas, capsicums and cauliflower.
boiled vegetables added
11.  Stir well and bring it to boil. Further, simmer till you get the desired consistency.
pav bhaji mixed
12.  Add the chopped cilantro and mix well. Remove from the flame. Squeeze the ½ lime in the bhaaji and mix well.
cilantro added to pav bhaji
13.  While serving, thinly slice the onions and squeeze the ½  lime on it and sprinkle salt. Garnish bhaaji with this onions. If you are using pav with pav bhaji, slit the pav  and apply butter to it. Heat a griddle and roast the pav till golden colour from all sides and serve hot with pav bhaji. If you are using bread slices, apply butter to the slices and roast them on a griddle for few minutes and serve hot with bhaaji. Pav bhaji tastes great with both pav and bread slices.
pav bhaji in a serving plate


  1. Lovely step by step recipe!! long time i dint eat pav bhaji!! thanks for sharing this lovely post reminded of my brother making in similar fashion :)

  2. who can resist pav bhaji, not me, looks yum

  3. looks delicious,nice step by step pics...

  4. I am drooling of my fav !! Looks yummmm....

  5. beautiful blend of flavors..yummy!!

  6. Step wise explanation is great ,nice clicks

  7. My husband loves pav bhaji and I never got it right. This is a must try!


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