Oct 14, 2011

Bombay Pav Bhaji – a Street Food Recipe (without Pav Bhaji Masala)

I have never gone to Bombay...I don’t even know how to go there..The only thing I know is about its cuisine..I know that Bombay is famous for its street food..

I came across these street foods dishes from one of Tarla Dalal Cookbook namely “Mumbai’s Road Side Snacks”..I have bookmarked so many recipes from that book to try out..

I love to eat street food dishes..The place where I live don’t have that many street food shops..It does have a few portable ones and I have tried their food couple of times..

They don’t use best quality ingrediants..They never touch expensive stuffs..They don’t even serve in fancy bowls and saucers..But I don’t know how those dishes taste great than many huge restaurants..

I think its all from the flavours they add in their dishes and serving them as fresh as possible..I know that they serve dishes piping hot right from the stove..

This is one of mumbai’s top street food recipe..My recipe is made right from scratch,It doesn’t require the store bought pav bhaji masala powder..So I hope you can try it ASAP..

Here you go for the step by step recipe with pictures..


Pav Buns as needed
Butter-2 tblspn
Onion-1 sliced
Lemon Juice as needed

For Bhaji:
Vegetables(I used potato,cauliflower,peas,capsicum)
Onion-2 finely chopped
Tomato-3 chopped finely
Cumin powder / Jeeraka podi-1 tsp
Chilli powder -2 tsp
Garam masala powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi-2 tsp
Chat Masala powder-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Red food colouring -1 pinch(optional)
Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing
Butter-5 tblspn


Take chopped vegetables in a kadai and cover it with water,so that vegetables are just covered..Add salt to this.Cook this till the vegetables are well cooked..

Melt butter in a kadai and add in onions and cook till golden brown.

Add in all spice powders and mix well.Add in chopped tomatoes and mix well.

Pour in some water and season with some salt.Add in food colouring too..

Cover and cook this for 10 to 15 min until the tomatoes becomes mushy and the gravy turns saucy.

Now add in all the cooked vegetables and mix well.

Now take a potato masher and start mashing the vegetables..Mash till the vegetables are no longer whole..

Cover it and simmer for 10-15 mins..Serve with pav buns..

To serve pav bhaji...Add a tblspn of butter in a tawa and add some bhaji on top of it..Add some cilantro on top.

Set this bhaji mixture to a side and heat another tblspn of butter and add a cut open pav bun and fry for 1 min.

Now remove the pav bun to a plate and add the bhaji to the side..Dollop a spoonful of butter on top and add some onions too..Squeeze some lemon juice and serve..
Take all your ingrediants
Assorted Vegetables
Prepare everything
take this in a kadai and add water and salt
Cover and cook
untill the veggies are cooked
Now chop your onions very finely
and also your tomatoes
melt a good amount of butter
add in onions and fry for 3 mins
add in spice powders
more spice powders
and your chat masala powder
now add in tomatoes
and some water
season with some salt
add in a dash of red colour
mix well
add in the cooked veggies
mix well
take a potato masher thingy
and start mashing
mash mash and take the heck out of the veggies
Continue mashing untill you reach a saucy texture
cover again and simmer for a while
Bhaji is ready
Now to serve the pav bhaji..Take the pav buns
slit them in half
melt some butter in a tawa
add a good amount of bhaji
top with some cilantro and lemon juice
set the bhaji aside and melt some more butter..(YES Lots of butter..But You know right "Butter makes everything Better" )
Invert the pav buns over this
toast untill golden
If you wish you could add a blob of butter on top of the bhaji


Roshan said... Best Blogger Tips

you have prepared this dish in a professional manner...by placing the bhaji in the tawa with the buns alongside....

truly delicious...i prefer this masala to the readymade phav bhaji masala...you just need not stock them..right!!

Ann@Anncoo Journal said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never tried Bombay food too but this definitely looks delicious :)

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

wow i'm drooling over here......hmmm

Harini said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely Space! Thanks for checking out my blog. I am following you :) You have a wonderful collection of recipes.

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easyfoodsmith said... Best Blogger Tips

After vada-pav & bhel-puri, pav-bhaji is the most sought after street food in Mumbai.

Santosh Bangar said... Best Blogger Tips

this bombay special is alltime favorate looking inviting

Sue/the view from great island said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious, I would love to be able to find street food like this!

Rous said... Best Blogger Tips

Llevo desde el lunes, que llegué de vacaciones, intentando visitar todos los blogs a los que sigo y continúo con las visitas pasando por el tuyo. ¡Qué rico plato! Besos y feliz fin de semana.

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

who can resist this combo, looks absolutely great dear..

Shabs said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooooooooh !!! I love pav bhaji and your's look really good , I always make it with pav bhaji masala but now I'll try your way :D.

ANU said... Best Blogger Tips

wow awesome step by step pictorials...love this street food...

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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, that thali and presentation everything indeed looks like super yummy street pav-bhaji.

Aruna Manikandan said... Best Blogger Tips

looks very perfect and very tempting dear :)

Dzoli said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for introducing this tasty looking dish and so much effort you always put in your presenattion and step by step photos.Fantastic;)

Sudha Sabarish said... Best Blogger Tips

Pav bhaji is my all time fav in chat items and love to many times a day.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Aarthi,
Pav bhaji is staple food for us in Mumbai. You should visit mumbai for the love of street food, some day, when we bloggers in mumbai arrange a blogger's event maybe :-)

ketu said... Best Blogger Tips

colour is very nice
pl include to naturaral some boil beetroot in calour for bhaji

Joe said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful and tempting pav bhaji…makes your stomach grumble instantly!!

Priti Joseph said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, I am from mumbai.. Vry rightly sd Mumbai is famous for street foods esp Pav bhaji.. Jst a handy tip : avoid adding color instead add half beetroot while cooking veggies ... dish will look more vibrant n wil taste mre delicious...

Ravshe said... Best Blogger Tips

Rightly said.......Avoid colors and include natural ingrediants!!!

Ravshe said... Best Blogger Tips

Rightly said....Avoid colors and include natural ingredients!!!!

Ravshe said... Best Blogger Tips

Rightly said....Avoid colors and include natural ingredients!!!!

Shakthi Ponmudi said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum yum... My dinner tonight!!!
I usually add a tbsp of amchoor powder to bhaji....for that tangy taste....

Atika Saeed said... Best Blogger Tips

I was looking 4 pav bhaji recipe from a very long time but every recipe includes pav bhaji masala.. which is not available over here... Surely gonna try ths looks gr8

Shruti Tiwari Chhabra said... Best Blogger Tips

If you add a bit of garlic too it gives a nice flavour. Also for the colour I prefer kashmir mirch over colour. A little dash of lemon in the end would really take it to another level. But having said that I am another avid reader of all your dishes. I tried egg sandwitch for kids lunch too. They loved it.��