Apr 17, 2015

Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe / How to Make Bhaji for Pav Bhaji

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..

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Whole Wheat Pav Buns
Traditional Pav Buns

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..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 45 mins to 1 hour
Serves : 6


Pav Buns as needed ( I used whole wheat pav buns)
Butter-2 tblspn
Lemon Slices to serve

For Bhaji:
Potato - 3 medium size peeled and cubed
Cauliflower - 1 cup cut into big pieces
Beetroot - 1 small peeled and cubed
Beans - 6 chopped
Carrot - 1 large chopped
Frozen Peas - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium size finely chopped
Capsicum / Bell Pepper - 1 cup chopped finely
Tomato - 4  large chopped finely
Green Chilli - 3 chopped finely
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves / Cilantro for garnishing
Butter-5 tblspn
Lemon Juice - 2 tsp or to taste


Take potato, cauliflower, beans, beetroot and carrot in a pressure cooker and cover it with water. Pressure cook for 4 whistle, simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and let them steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and mash the veggies roughly with a masher, Set aside.

Melt butter in a kadai and add in cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

Now add in onions and capsicum. cook till golden brown.

Add in green chilli and ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

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

Add in salt and sugar.Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy and become saucy.

Add in water and peas. Bring it to a boil.

Now add in all the mashed vegetables and mix well.

Cover it and simmer for 10-15 mins..

Add in lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well. Bhaji done.

To serve pav bhaji..Heat a tblspn of butter and add a cut open pav bun and toast for 1 min till golden. Remove to a plate.

Add a tblspn of butter in the same tawa and add some bhaji on top of it..Cook till it is thick and bubbly. Transfer this to the plate.

Dollop a spoonful of butter on top and add some onions too..Squeeze some lemon juice and serve..

Start by cooking your veggies

Wash them, Chop them and add it to pressure cooker

I added some peeled cubed beets as well

add a cup of water

Pressure cook till done

use a masher to mash the veggies

it wont be difficult, if the veggies are cooked properly

Lovely..i like the veggies to be little chunky

Now take your other ingredients

Start by heating some butter

Add in cumin seeds

add in onions and capsicum

saute for a min or so

add in green chillies

ginger and garlic paste

saute till onions turns golden

now add in chilli powder, garam masala powder
 and turmeric powder

mix well

add in chopped tomatoes

add salt

and some sugar

mix well

cook till the tomatoes turn mushy

look how saucy it has turned

pour in some water

add in some frozen peas

add in the mashed veggies

mix well and simmer this for 10 mins


squeeze in some lemon juice

add in lots of chopped coriander leaves

mix well

When serving, take your pav buns, i used my 
whole wheat pav

slit them open

add a dollop of butter in a pan

let them melt

place the pav buns 

toast till golden on both sides

melt some more butter in the same pan

add some bhaji

stir on high heat

till the bhaji thickens and is piping hot

add a dollop of butter over it and serve with the toasted pav and lemon slices


  1. 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!!

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

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

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

    Happy Blogging!

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

  6. this bombay special is alltime favorate looking inviting

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. looks very perfect and very tempting dear :)

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

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

  15. 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 :-)

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

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

  18. 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...

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

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

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

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

  23. 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

  24. 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.😊

  25. I came across your blog while looking for some Indian food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)

  26. Hey awesome recipe... Can we add cabbage and eggplant????

  27. Thanks for posting the full details,its really a good information
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  29. Hi Aarthi!
    Thanks for posting this delicious recipe. I am planning to make this today! I was curious, u have mentioned anything abt the pav bhaji masala powder! Is it ok is v dont add it?
    also Can I add brinjal?
    thanks in advance

  30. @Iris u can use brinjal..yes u can skip pav bhaji powder


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