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Pav bhaji

Nandita Shyam
20 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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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.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Maharashtra
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. For the bhaji-
  2. butter- 3tbsp
  3. onion- 1 large, finely chopped
  4. ginger- garlic paste- 1tsp
  5. potatoes- 2 large, peeled and cubed
  6. carrot- 1, large, peeled and cubed
  7. French beans- 10, chopped
  8. cauliflower- about 12-15 florets
  9. peas- 1/2 cup
  10. Bell pepper- 1 small, finely chopped
  11. tomato- 3, 1 finely chopped and two pureed
  12. salt- to taste
  13. sugar- 1/2 tsp
  14. turmeric- 1/4tsp
  15. Paprika powder- 1tsp
  16. Pav bhaji masala- 1tbsp
  17. Black salt- 1/2tsp
  18. coriander leaves to garnish
  19. For the Pav
  20. 8-10 ladi pavs
  21. butter to toast the pavs
  22. Pav bhaji masala - optional
  23. To serve:
  24. One large onion- finely chopped
  25. coriander leaves to garnish- 1tbsp
  26. lemons- 2 chopped into wedges


  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.

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Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma   Feb-23-2018

Turned out very tasty!

Jayshree Stishavadhiy Vadhiy
Jayshree Stishavadhiy Vadhiy   Jan-26-2018


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