Pav Bhaji | Famous Indian Street Food
The most delicious Mumbai favorite street food is this Pav Bhaji. Freshly baked and toasted Pav buns (dinner rolls) and spicy potato based bhaji / curry. The whole plate is served with chopped onions and lemon / lime piece on the side and drizzled with a liberal amount of butter.
Servings: 8 servings
- 3 Potatoes cubed
- 2 Carrot cubed
- ½ cup Green peas fresh or frozen
- ½ cup Green beans finely chopped
- 1 Bell Pepper finely chopped
- 1 large Onion finely chopped
- 3 large Tomatoes finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic paste
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoon Red chili powder adjust based on your preference
- 3 Tablespoon Pav Bhaji Masala
- to taste Salt
- few Cilantro
- 3 Tablespoon Oil / Butter
To serve -
- 8 Pav Buns sliced across
- 1 Onions finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoon Butter 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.
Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3937IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 12mg