Pav bhaji | How to make Pav bhaji

By Nandita Shyam  |  17th Feb 2016  |  
4.4 from 2 reviews Rate It!
  • Photo of Pav bhaji by Nandita Shyam at BetterButter
  • Prep Time


  • Cook Time


  • Serves





Video for key ingredients

    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 is an aromatic, flavorful and delicious dish which is very much popular in Maharashtra. The name itself get juices flowing in your mouth and this dish has a heavenly experience in every bite. When Pav bhaji is cooked perfectly it can turn into a dish beyond excellence. It is a recipe of delight which no one can resist. You can try this amazing Pav bhaji at the restaurants and you can also prepare it at your home. People of different region prepare this dish differently according to their own taste. This quick and easy recipe requires only 20 minute for the preparation and 25 minute to cook it perfectly. On the Better Butter website, you can find the recipe of Pav bhaji by Nandita Shyam in step by step with pictures so you can easily learn how to cook the perfect Pav bhaji at your home without any difficulties. Pav bhaji is one of the representative dishes of Maharashtra which you can serve in any special occasions.

    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 (2)

    Neha Sharma2 years ago

    Turned out very tasty!

    Jayshree Stishavadhiy Vadhiy2 years ago


    Cooked it ? Share your Photo