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Pav Bhaji
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5 from 12 votes

Pav Bhaji

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings: 4


  • Potatoes - 3 cubed
  • Carrot - 2 cubed
  • Green peas - ½ cup fresh or frozen
  • Green beans - ½ cup finely chopped
  • Bell Pepper - 1 finely chopped
  • Onion - 1 large finely chopped
  • Tomatoes - 3 large finely chopped
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 TBSP
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder - 2 tsp adjust based on your preference
  • Pav Bhaji Masala - 3 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cilantro - to garnish
  • Oil / Butter - 3 TBSP

To serve -

  • Pav Buns - 8 sliced across
  • Onions - finely chopped
  • Lemon - as needed
  • Butter - 2 TBSP to toast the buns


  • Cube the potatoes and carrots and place it in a bowl along with green peas and beans. Add just enough water to cook the vegetables and cook it in a pressure cooker or Instant pot. I used my instant pot and set it at Manual for 12 minutes. You could also pressure cook them for 3 whistles.
  • Using a masher, mash the vegetables once they are done and keep aside.
  • In a wide pan, heat the butter or oil. I use a combination of oil and butter usually, but this time I used just butter for the flavor.
  • Add the chopped onions and bell pepper and saute them until translucent.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are mushy. Add the masala powder - turmeric powder, red chili powder and Pav Bhaji Masala and mix well.
  • Fry it for couple of minutes until nice aroma releases.
  • Now add the cooked and mashed vegetables and mix well. Add water to adjust the consistency and mash the vegetables again to combine with the masala.
  • Let the Bhaji simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

To serve the Pav Bhaji -

  • Heat a griddle to toast the buns. Apply butter liberally on the sliced buns.
  • Place the sliced buns, butter side down and toast until golden brown.
  • Apply some butter on the side as well and toast.
  • Place the toasted buns on a plate and place the bhaji on the side. Top the bhaji with chopped onions and serve with a lemon slice.


  • We could use any vegetable of choice along with the potatoes and peas. I use cauliflower and cabbage and beets as well at times.
  • Using butter to make the bhaji makes it very authentic. When we see the street vendors prepare it, they use loads of butter. I have used all butter in the recipe, but not as much as a street vendor.
  • I used Homemade Pav Bhaji Masala for the recipe. Making fresh masala increases the flavor of the dish, We could use any store bought Pav Bhaji Masala as well.
  • I usually make my own Pav Buns, but this time used store bought Hamburger buns. We could use any bun of our choice.