Pav Bhaji Recipe

A Flavorful Delight

Pav Bhaji originated in the 1850s as a quick lunch for textile mill workers in Mumbai, India, and has since become a popular street food dish worldwide.

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji is a beloved Indian street food that has won hearts all over the world. It is a medley of spicy mashed vegetables served with buttery buns, adding a unique touch to the dish. Whether you're hosting a casual gathering or simply craving a delightful meal, this Pav Bhaji recipe is perfect for serving a group of four. So let's dive into the world of aromatic spices and tantalizing flavors!

Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 25 mins Total Time 40 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Calories: 400 Cal Best Season: Winter


For the Pav:

For the Bhaji:


  1. Making bhaji:
    • Heat a large pan or kadai over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger. Sauté for a minute until aromatic.

    • Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they turn translucent. Then, add the bell pepper (capsicum) and sauté for a couple of minutes.

    • Toss in the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften and release their juices. Use the back of your spatula to mash the tomatoes and create a thick base.

    • Add the pav bhaji masala, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for a minute to allow the spices to infuse their flavors.

    • Now, add the mashed potatoes, finely chopped cauliflower, and green peas. Mix everything together, ensuring the vegetables are coated with the spices.

    • Pour water into the pan until the vegetables are partially submerged. Stir well, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed to maintain a thick consistency.

    • Meanwhile, slice the pav buns horizontally, but not all the way through, creating a pocket to hold the bhaji.

    • Heat a griddle or pan and spread butter on the inside of the pav buns. Toast them on the griddle until golden brown and crispy.

    • Once the vegetables are cooked and the flavors have melded together, turn off the heat. Mash the bhaji using a potato masher or the back of a spoon to achieve a smooth and uniform texture.

    • Garnish the Pav Bhaji with freshly chopped coriander leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice for an extra zing.

  2. Serving:
    •  Divide the prepared Pav Bhaji into four portions and serve it hot with the toasted pav buns, a dollop of butter, and some finely chopped onions. Place lemon wedges on the side for those who prefer an extra tangy kick.
    • Enjoy the delightful combination of soft, buttery pav buns soaked in the flavorful bhaji that bursts with the goodness of mixed vegetables and aromatic spices. This Pav Bhaji recipe is perfect for a casual get-together, an evening snack, or even as a hearty dinner option.
  3. Conclusion:
    • Pav Bhaji is an iconic Indian street food dish loved by people of all ages. Its vibrant flavors and easy preparation make it a go-to recipe for many. Now that you have the step-by-step instructions, gather your loved ones, head to the kitchen, and create a memorable dining experience with this delicious Pav Bhaji recipe. Let the aromas and tastes transport you to the bustling streets of India, where the joy of good food brings people together.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 400kcal
Calories from Fat 126kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 896mg38%
Potassium 1166mg34%
Total Carbohydrate 88g30%
Dietary Fiber 13g52%
Sugars 10g
Protein 9.5g19%

Calcium 60 mg
Iron 2 mg
Magnesium 30 mmol

* * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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