Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a very famous Indian fast food. It is a thick vegetable curry enjoyed with pav (soft puffed bread). You’ll need potatoes, cauliflower, peas and capsicum to prepare the bhaji along with some onions and tomatoes.

Also try: Aloo Tamatar, Soya Chunks or Achaari Aloo.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Time: Preparation – 15 mins, Cooking – 35 mins, Total – 50 mins.

Servings: 4-6


  1. Potato – 2 cups (peeled and roughly chopped)
  2. Cauliflower – 1 cup (roughly chopped)
  3. Peas – 1/2 cup
  4. Capsicum – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  5. Onion – 2 medium (finely chopped)
  6. Tomato – 4 medium (finely chopped)
  7. Ginger –  1 inch (crushed)
  8. Garlic Clove – 4 (crushed)
  9. Pav Bhaji Masala Powder – 4 tsp
  10. Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Butter – 4 tbsp + to toast the pavs
  12. Oil – 1 tbsp
  13. Water – 1.5 cup
  14. Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
  15. Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp
  16. Pav as needed
  17. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Pav Bhaji:

  1. Add potatoes, cauliflower, peas and 3/4 cup water in a pressure cooker. Cook on high flame for 4-5 whistles, let the pressure settle down and open the lid. Now nicely mash the vegetables, keep aside
  2. Heat oil and 3 tbsp butter in a pan or a kadai, add ginger and garlic. Saute until fragrant
  3. Add onions and saute until light golden brown
  4. Add tomatoes, pav bhaji masala powder and red chilli powder. Mix and cook until butter starts to separate
  5. Add capsicum and cook for another 2-3 mins
  6. Add mashed vegetables, salt and 3/4 cup water (or as needed). Mix well and cook for about 10 mins on medium flame, also mash the bhaji a little more at this stage to get the smooth texture
  7. Turn off the flame and add lemon juice, coriander leaves and 1 tbsp butter. Mix well and your Bhaji is ready
  8. Now heat a tawa or a pan and toast the pavs
  9. Serve bhaji with toasted pav, chopped onions and a lemon wedge, your Pav Bhaji is ready. You can also serve some sliced tomatoes and cucumber with it. 


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