Easy Pav Bhaji Recipe | How to Make Mumbai Pav Bhaji

Easy Pav Bhaji Recipe | How to Make Mumbai Pav Bhaji

pav bhaji

I love chaats or street food and Pav Bhaji is my favourite along with vada pav and bhel puri from Bombay. Since the kids love it as much as I do, I end up making it often for breakfast. Actually you can have it for lunch or dinner as well. It is quite simple to make and has loads of veggies. Though since it also has a lot of butter, I am not sure if I can call it healthy. ๐Ÿ™‚ But itโ€™s a lovely indulgence for sure.

pav bhaji


Here is my recipe:

Easy Pav Bhaji Recipe | How to Make Mumbai Pav Bhaji
This is a delicious street food style meal that can be had as a snack or even for lunch/dinner.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Maharashtrian
  • 2-3 large potatoes
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped French beans
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup chopped bottle gourd (optional)
  • 1 cup finely chopped capsicum or green pepper
  • 2 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 3 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. pav bhaji masala
  • 1 tsp. Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • For garnish
  • More butter ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Finely chopped onions
  • Slices of lemon
  • Chopped coriander
  • Chillies
  • Sides
  • Pav bun
  • Yet some more butter ๐Ÿ™‚
  1. Take all the vegetables except capsicum in a pressure cooker and cook till boiled and well cooked. Mash them with a veggie masher. Keep aside.
  2. Take butter and oil in a kadhai/pan.
  3. Add chopped onions and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  5. Now add chopped tomatoes and chopped green chillies.
  6. Fry till it gets cooked and you see the oil leave the sides.
  7. Now add the cooked and mashed veggies along with chopped capsicum to the cooked masala.
  8. Add in all the dry masalas like pav bhaji masala, both chilli powders and salt. Mix well.
  9. Add water in which the veggies were boiled, stock or some plain water and cook down the bhaji till it is slightly thick.
  10. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  11. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander and butter. Serve onion and lemon slices on the side.
  12. Heat a pan. Apply some butter. Cut the pavs into halves and toast them on the pan to serve with the bhaji.
  13. Enjoy this delicious treat with your family.
Do not cook capsicum with the other veggies. I don't like soggy capsicum.

Just saute it so that it still stays crunchy.

Bottle gourd was what my mum used to add to pav bhaji and you don't really taste it. It adds body to the bhaji. You can easily skip it.

You can change the combination of veggies depending upon what is available. According to me potatoes, beans, carrots, capsicum should be there. You can use cabbage if you like it.

You can also make your own pav bhaji masala. I use Everest one.

pav bhaji

Do try this recipe. You will love to have it. It is also nice to make for parties and can be cooked in advance. Do share how you make pav bhaji.

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14 thoughts on “Easy Pav Bhaji Recipe | How to Make Mumbai Pav Bhaji

  1. Lovely recipe. Was surprised to see bottle gourd in thereโ€ฆ Didnโ€™t really associate it with pav bhaji myself.

    Since leaving Maharashtra, donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve had a pav bhaji (atleast not one that can be considered worthy)

    1. I know. Just saw mom using it and I use it every time and it tastes quite good. Yeah, it really is the best in Maharashtra.

  2. I love pav-bhaji and often make it for dinner at home. Since I hate capsicum, I do not add it. I’ve never added cauliflower too even thought it is omnipresent at home. The next time I make it (most likely tonight), I shall add it. Adding bottle gourd seems interesting, but doesn’t it let out water once cooked?

    Also, have you tried the MDH Pav Bhaji masala? I found it so much better than the Everest one. The Everest one has an off-putting color ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Oh you should add cauliflower. I think it adds to the taste. About bottle gourd, if you are using little water while boiling the veggies then the excess water can easily be incorporated in the bhaji. Let me try the MDH one next time. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Rachna, I too love pav bhaji, bhel puri and vada pavs ๐Ÿ™‚ Your recipe has me drooling and I am rushing to the market to get the veggies for making it. Thanks for the recipe. I always get the pav bhaji from Haldiramโ€™s but will try making it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Now you have me drooling ๐Ÿ˜›

    One of the items I can eat any time and any where! I make a decent bhaji but never added capsicum before. Must try this time ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks super delicious and he he he, I LOVE the buttered buns ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I like pav-bhaji and recently started it getting made at home. Your recipe is similar and I would like to try adding the bottle guard. Thank you for sharing and those pictures make me drool. Lunch time and I shoudl eat something ๐Ÿ˜‰

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