Pav Bhaji

How many of you drool hearing this recipe? I do. I still remember those days where I used to travel approximately 15kms to eat Sardar Pav Bhaji in Mumbai.  Not even single restaurant till now managed to impress me for pav bhaji like the way we get in mumbai streets.  I cannot justify with my words the taste of pav bhaji which we get in Mumbai.  Somehow I manage to make pav bhaji as close as I can come to the mumbai street food taste.

Yesterday night I decide to make pav bhaji for dinner.
Here is the recipe which I follow. (Adapted from friends)



1 cauliflower (cut into florets)
3 carrots cut into cubes
2 bell peppers cut in cubes
1 potato boiled and mashed
1/2 cup green peas
2 medium sized onions finely chopped
5 tomatoes or 3 cups finely chopped
2tbsp pav bhaji masala
1tbsp ginger garlic paste (optional. You can ignore this if you are using chili paste)
1tsp red chili powder(increase as per your spice level) or chili garlic paste
salt as per taste
pinch of turmeric powder
2tbsp oil or butter

To serve:

chopped onions
lemon wedges
chopped coriander


Chili paste: soak 6 red chilies ,3 garlic cloves in 2tbsp water for 30 mts and grind into fine paste.

Pressure cook cauliflower, carrots, green peas and bell peppers for 1 whistle. In a thick bottom vessel/pan add butter or oil, once oil is hot add onions and sauté for few minutes till the raw smell goes away. Add ginger garlic/chili paste and cook for a minute and add chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are cooked completely into a smooth paste or oil separates from tomatoes. To this add pav bhaji masala, red chili powder(if you want more spicy), turmeric powder and salt. Cook for a minute and add boiled vegetables and mashed potato and mash thoroughly using potato masher. If required add  1/4 cup of water to get the right consistency. Cook for 8 to 10 mts and adjust the salt as per the taste.

Slice pav add butter and sprinkle pav bhaji masala(adding pav bhaji masala is optional) . On a heated pan add butter and roast sliced pav on both sides till the pav is lightly browned.

On a serving plate keep bhaji garnish with chopped onions and coriander(Optional: add 1/8 spoon of butter on top of the bhaji.) and serve with roasted pav and lemon wedges.

I am sure after reading this your mouth will start drool.



  1. I love this a lot. Looks irresistable :)

  2. Excellent photographs!! I know what you mean.. I live in Mumbai & I've never tried to stop eating Pav bhaji from the streets! They're just amazing... Yours look just as amazing tooo! :)

  3. vow.. love to have that for my dinner..remember the days myself eating the bhaji masala with bread too