Pav Bhaji

A little history about Pav Bhaji. It was introduced as a quick lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Mumbai and has gained demand around the world. In my last trip to Mumbai there about 10-12 different variations of Pav Bhaji. My recipe below is sticking to its roots.

Cuisine: Mumbai Street Food

Total Time: 60 min

Serves: 2-4 people


3-4 Potatoes (mashed)

1/4 Cauliflower grated

1 medium Green bell pepper (finely chopped)

3 tablespoons Oil

2 medium Onions

1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger-garlic paste

1 cup fresh Tomato puree

2 tablespoons Pav bhaji masala

1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder

2 teaspoons Lemon juice

2 tablespoons Butter

Coriander leaves (garnish)

Salt to taste

Finely chopped onion and lemon slice (side)

Indian Pav bread (commonly found in Indian Grocery Stores) or Market Pantry Wheat Dinner Rolls


1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan.

2. Add onion, saute it for about a minute on medium heat.

3. When onions are golden, add ginger-garlic paste and saute.

4. Add Cauliflower and saute.

5. Add mashed potatoes and mix.

6. Add fresh tomato puree and mix well.

7. Add 3/4 cups of water and mix. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

8. Add Green bell peppers and mix well. Cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

9. Add salt, red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala and lemon juice and mix. Add butter and mix well.

10. For garnish add Coriander leaves.

11. Serve with hot pav and side of onions and lemon wedges.



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