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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.
Course Snack
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 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 :)
  • Finely chopped onions
  • Slices of lemon
  • Chopped coriander
  • Chillies
  • Sides
  • Pav bun
  • Yet some more butter :)


  • 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.
  • Take butter and oil in a kadhai/pan.
  • Add chopped onions and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and chopped green chillies.
  • Fry till it gets cooked and you see the oil leave the sides.
  • Now add the cooked and mashed veggies along with chopped capsicum to the cooked masala.
  • Add in all the dry masalas like pav bhaji masala, both chilli powders and salt. Mix well.
  • Add water in which the veggies were boiled, stock or some plain water and cook down the bhaji till it is slightly thick.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander and butter. Serve onion and lemon slices on the side.
  • Heat a pan. Apply some butter. Cut the pavs into halves and toast them on the pan to serve with the bhaji.
  • 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.