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Pav Bhaji Masala , How To Make Pav Bhaji Masala
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Pav bhaji recipe is a Maharashtrian cuisine that originated in Mumbai. Pav means bread buns while Bhaji is a curry of mashed vegetable and thick potato prepared with spices and butter.
Course: Main, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, Maharatrian
Servings: 4
Author: Rachna's Kitchen
For vegetable bhaji
  • Potatoes - 2 medium sized boiled and mashed
  • Cauliflower - 1 cup chopped
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup
  • Carrot - 1 cup chopped
  • Tomato - 2 medium size
  • Onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Capsicum - 2 medium size roughly chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1.5 teaspoon
  • Green chillies - 2
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Asafoetida - A pinch
  • Chilli powder - 1 teaspoon or adjust to taste
  • Pav bhaji masala - 2 heaped tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - according to taste
For garnish
  • Coriander leaves: 3 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Pav/Dinner rolls - 12
  • Lemon wedges
  • Finely chopped onion
  • a blob of butter
  • coriander leaves
  1. Wash chopped capsicum (half of chopped capsicum and save half for later use), cauliflower, carrot and peas. Take a pressure cooker add half a cup of water and these vegetables.
  2. Pressure cook until 2 whistles comes or vegetable is cooked and mushy.
  3. Heat oil in the pan. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Saute for a minute.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell of the paste is gone.
  5. Add the onions & saute until the onions are soft.
  6. Add the remaining half chopped capsicum saved in step 1. Also add chopped tomato. Saute it for a min and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Once mixture is soft and cooked, add dry spices turmeric, pav bhaji masala ,cumin powder & red chilli powder.
  8. Saute and cook mixture on low heat. It should take about 2 minutes.
  9. Add boiled veggies to the mixture prepared in step 1. Give it a good stir and mix it.
  10. Now mash the veggies with the help of masher. Mixture is still cooking on low heat.
  11. After few minutes of mashing, mixture will turn into thick consistency. Now let it allow to get a boil and mash it little bit.
  12. Add the mashed potatoes. Add salt to taste and 1 tablespoon pav bhaji masala.
  13. Give it a good stir and add water to adjust consistency of gravy. I added 2 cups of water. Add lemon juice.
  14. Add the butter & keep mashing the mixture. Turn off the flame. Now the bhaji is ready to serve .
Heating the pav or dinner rolls
  1. Cut the Pav (bun) in half. The buns I used were already cut. So skipped this step.
  2. Place a griddle on medium heat. Add a teaspoon of butter onto a griddle.
  3. Place the pav on the butter & let it get roasted for 30 secs.
  4. Smear butter on the top side.
  5. Flip the pav & roast the other side too.
  1. Pour around 1/2 cup or more of bhaji in a serving bowl.
  2. Sprinkle coriander leaves on the bhaji. A blob of butter on the bhaji.
  3. Put around a tablespoon or more of finely chopped onion onto the serving plate. Place a lemon wedge.
  4. Finally add the buttered & hot pav to the plate & it is ready !