Pav Bhaji – Indian street food

It is raining and I wanted to make something that complements the weather. And there is an auto response on my taste buds to have something hot and spicy. ‘Pav Bhaji’ was one dish that came to my mind.

Pav Bhaji is a popular street food from Mumbai where Pav means bread (soft buns) and Bhaji means boiled & mashed mixed vegetable curry with potato base cooked with spices. Let’s not wait anymore.


Potato – 4 medium size
Cauliflower chopped,  Green peas – altogether 1 cup
Onion, chopped 1 big size
Capsicum or other vegetable (optional)
Tomato, chopped 2 nos. medium sized
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Turmeric ¼ tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
Butter  3 tbsp
Pav Bhaji masala 2 tsp, I prefer Everest brand
Salt to taste
Fresh lemon
Pav or bread
Onion and coriander leaves, chopped for garnishing



Pressure cook the potatoes. Peel the skin of potatoes and mash potato with a potato masher and set aside.
Heat a broad pan with butter, add onion and ginger garlic paste fry till onion turns transparent and raw smell of the ginger garlic paste goes off.
Then add the cauliflower and fry for a minute, then add tomatoes, salt, turmeric, coriander powder, pav bhaji masala and red chilli powder.
Fry till tomatoes turn soft and mushy and butter start leaves on the corner then add all the veggies, stir well.
Simmer for 5 min and mash with a ladle so that all the veggies get mixed well, add butter if desired.
Squeeze some lemon and sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy with pav or bread.


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7 Responses to Pav Bhaji – Indian street food

  1. Harini says:

    Looks great! What do you use for pav in the US? I find that most of the store-bought rolls are too sweet and have finally found a good hot dog bun, which when cut in half, makes a pretty good pav. Have you tried making the pav yourself?

    • Hi Harini,
      I live in San Francisco. We have many Indian groceries. I usually buy egg less pav from Indian grocery store or Indian bakery. I haven’t tried pav yet This is a nice suggestion. I have added one more items in my to cook list.
      Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Carol Brooks says:

    I am curious why this recipe says you use Everest Pav Bhaji masala when you have a recipe for home made masala.

    • Good Observation… Dear Carol, I used to use Everest pav bhaji masala. I did not make homemade masala before posting my pav bhaji recipe. One day I tried homemade pav bhaji masala. Pav Bhaji was so good with homemade bhaji. I won’t go back to store bought masala.

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