Pav bhaji | How to make Pav bhaji

By Nandita Shyam  |  17th Feb 2016  |  
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About Pav bhaji Recipe

Pav bhaji is nothing but a mish mash of vegetables that is simmered in onion and tomato sauce and spiked with a wide variety of spices. To me, the Pav bhaji is much much more than just a snack or a fast food. It is a quick meal that can be made in a hurry or that can be grabbed on the go. This is a perfect combo meal of butter toasted rolls and a vegetable gravy which again has oodles of butter.

Pav bhaji

Ingredients to make Pav bhaji

  • For the bhaji-
  • butter- 3tbsp
  • onion- 1 large, finely chopped
  • ginger- garlic paste- 1tsp
  • potatoes- 2 large, peeled and cubed
  • carrot- 1, large, peeled and cubed
  • French beans- 10, chopped
  • cauliflower- about 12-15 florets
  • peas- 1/2 cup
  • Bell pepper- 1 small, finely chopped
  • tomato- 3, 1 finely chopped and two pureed
  • salt- to taste
  • sugar- 1/2 tsp
  • turmeric- 1/4tsp
  • Paprika powder- 1tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala- 1tbsp
  • Black salt- 1/2tsp
  • coriander leaves to garnish
  • For the Pav
  • 8-10 ladi pavs
  • butter to toast the pavs
  • Pav bhaji masala - optional
  • To serve:
  • One large onion- finely chopped
  • coriander leaves to garnish- 1tbsp
  • lemons- 2 chopped into wedges

How to make Pav bhaji

  1. For the bhaji
  2. Heat butter in a thick bottomed pan and add the chopped onion. Once it turns transcluscent, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  3. Add the potatoes, carrots, beans and peas and fry till they are tender.
  4. Stir in the Cauliflower florets, chopped bell pepper, salt, sugar, turmeric and paprika powder and sauté for 3-4mins more.
  5. Add the chopped tomato and tomato puree, mix well, add two and a half cups of water and cook covered till the vegetables are completely cooked.
  6. Mash the mixture with potato masher. Add the pac bhaji masala and black salt and mash some more.
  7. Allow the bhaji to simmer for five more mins. If you feel the mixture is thick then add half cup of water and allow the mixture to cook for two mins more.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with toasted Pav
  9. For the Pav:
  10. Slit the Pavs vertically and spread butter generously on the insides of the bread.
  11. Place the pav buttered side down on a pre heated skillet and toast till brown and crisp.
  12. Turn the pac and toast on the other side as well. Use more butter if required.
  13. To serve
  14. Place a cup of bhaji, two toasted Pavs, chopped onions and lemon wedges on a plate.
  15. Top the bhaji with extra butter and pav bhaji masala if required and garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Reviews for Pav bhaji (17)

Neha Sharma2 years ago

Turned out very tasty!

Jayshree Stishavadhiy Vadhiy2 years ago


Pushpa Taroor2 years ago


Suchita Shinde2 years ago

छान आहे पाककृती.

दिपाली सावंत2 years ago


JAGADISH B.R2 years ago

Use badashah PAvbaji Masala for amazing pavabhaji

Omparkash Khati2 years ago


Viju Chavda2 years ago


Rekha Unni2 years ago

Made it today,it was yummy

Anjana Saxena3 years ago


Smita Jawalkar3 years ago


Uzma Ali Khan3 years ago


Hena Singh3 years ago


Rashmi Sharma3 years ago

if u add pumpkin in pav bhaji it becomes more tasty
Monika Jain
2 years ago
mad girl

jae 3 years ago


Bhanu Vishwakarma4 years ago


Shiny Singh4 years ago

Amazing pav bhaji looks dear

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