Pav Bhaji – Mumbai’s famous street food loved by many!

I enjoy preparing street food at home. It’s comforting and unpretentiously rooted in Indian culinary tradition. Today, I’ll be cooking and sharing Mumbai’s famous street food, my kind of comfort food – Pav Bhaji. Pav = Soft Bun and Bhaji = a mashed mixed vegetable curry prepared with Pav Bhaji Masala. The key to a good Pav Bhaji lies in the quality of bread and the masala that goes into the making of the spicy bhaji. Makes for a filling evening meal.

The bhaji makes optimum use of Mother Nature’s bountiful supply of fresh vegetables. Not less than 7-8 varieties of vegetables go into its making. Now that sure makes it nutrient-rich, doesn’t it? 🙂

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 50-60 mts

Serves 7-8 persons


1 large carrot, cubed

2 potatoes, cubed

1 capsicum, chopped

1 cup cauliflower florets, chop

8-10 french beans, string and chop

1/4 cup green peas

2 onions, finely chopped

2 green chillis, slit length wise

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1 1/2 tbsps Pav Bhaji Masala

3/4 tsp sugar (adjust)

salt to taste

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp low fat butter (vegans can avoid butter)

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

1 1/2 tbsps oil

16 lightly toasted in butter, pav bread (vegans can use vegan butter substitute)

1 Pressure cook potatoes, cauliflower, peas, beans, and carrot along with 1 cup of water, till soft. Drain any leftover water and keep it aside. Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
2 Heat oil in a vessel, add the green chilies and onions and saute for 4 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another 3 minutes. Add capsicum and saute for 2 minutes
3 Add the chili powder, turmeric powder, pav bhaji masala, sugar, and salt. Combine well. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft, approx 5-6 minutes.
4 Add the mashed vegetables along with a cup of the drained vegetable stock and cook on high for a minute. Reduce flame and simmer for 14-15 minutes.
5 The gravy will begin to thicken. Adjust the salt, if required. Turn off heat and add butter and lemon juice and combine. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
6 Serve hot with lightly toasted pav/pau and sliced onions.

I hope you have a great time!

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