Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji – पाव भाजी; is an Indian street food and mostly famous in Mumbai Chopati. This is a dish which contains thick vegetable curry and pav (a one kind of Indian bread). I always prefer to make it at breakfast time, as it is easy to make and gave your day a boom start with lots of veggies.

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Serves 4

Pav Bhaji

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • Buns (पाव)  -  8
  • Onion (प्याज)  -  3 medium
  • Cauliflower (फूलगोभी)  -  8-10 florets
  • Potatoes (आलू)  -  2medium
  • Capsicum (शिमला मिर्च)  -  2 small
  • Green peas (मटर)  -  ¼cup
  • Tomatoes (टमाटर)  -  3 medium
  • Green chili (हरी मिर्च)  -  1
  • Ginger (अदरक)  -  1 inch
  • Garlic (लहसुन)  -  4-5 cloves
  • Coriander (हरा धनिया) leaves  -  2 tbsp.
  • Lemon juice (नींबू का रस)  -  ½ tsp.
  • Redchili (लाल मिर्च)powder  -  ½ tsp.
  • Turmeric(हल्दी) powder  -  ¼tsp.
  • Pavbhaji masala powder  -  1 ½ tbsp.
  • Butter (मक्खन)  -  1-2 small cubes
  • Water as much required.
  • Salt to taste.


  1. Boil cauliflower (फूलगोभी), potatoes (आलू) and green peas (मटर) separately.
  2. Now peel and mesh potatoes (आलू). Make ginger-garlic (अदरक-लहसुन) paste. Chop green chili (हरी मिर्च), coriander (हरा धनिया) leaves, onion (प्याज), boiled cauliflower (फूलगोभी), capsicum (शिमला मिर्च) and tomatoes (टमाटर). Keep aside.
  3. Heat butter in a pan, add chopped onion (प्याज), left some for garnish and sauté till translucent.
  4. Now add ginger-garlic (अदरक-लहसुन) paste and chopped green chili (हरी मिर्च); sauté till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic (अदरक-लहसुन) paste goes away.
  5. After that add tomatoes (टमाटर), Turmeric (हल्दी) powder and salt to taste. Cook till tomatoes (टमाटर) get soften and mushy.
  6. Add mashed potatoes (आलू), chopped cauliflower (फूलगोभी), chopped capsicum (शिमला मिर्च) and boiled green peas (मटर). Sauté for 2 minutes.
  7. Add Red chili (लाल मिर्च) powder and Pav bhaji masala powder. Mix well and cook further for 2 minutes.
  8. Now pour water as much require for cooking vegetables.
  9. When vegetables soften enough, add chopped Coriander (हरा धनिया) leaves and mesh all the mixture; it will make smooth bhaji. After that cook till the bhaji becomes thick enough.
  10. Now add Lemon juice (नींबू का रस); mix well and cook for a minute.
  11. Heat butter in a tawa, toast half cut bun for min or two.
  12. Garnish with slice of lemon (नींबू), chopped onion (प्याज) and slit green chilli (हरी मिर्च). If require add 1 small cube of butter over bhaji and serve hot.
Cuisine: Indian | Maharashtrian | Recipe Type: Mumbai Street Food

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