Pav Bhaji Recipe - How to make Pav Bhaji

Restaurant style pao bhaji recipe | Mumbai street food - chaat | Snack | Party snack | Kitty party snack

Recipe / food styling / photography by - Sunayana Gupta


Pav Bhaji is popular Indian street food recipe where Pav or Bread Buns are served with spicy mashed veggies topped with dollop of butter.

Pav Bhaji is a spicy and thick curry made with assorted veggies and seasoned with a special blend of spices is served with buns / pav shallow fried in butter. To relish a plate of piping hot pav bhaji topped with butter and paired with onion slices, lime juice, chilly and tomatoes is every food lovers dream….after all who would not love it that way??? But to get the same restaurant style lingering taste in Bhaji, you must add Homemade Pao bhaji Masala and not the one from the market. We have already given the recipe to make authentic Pao Bhaji Masala At Home.

Pav bhaji in undoubtedly one of the most popular street food of Mumbai, though now available through out the country due to it’s splendid flavors and the ease in making. Not only it makes a good weekend brunch, but it can be served as a party appetizer and also an excellent way to make kids eat seasonal veggies… as all the vegetables are nearly mashed and they won’t get to know what they are eating. Yes, you can cheat them by making them eat healthy cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes which usually they refuse.

To me, making pav bhaji at home is also a way to finish of all the leftover pieces of vegetables lying in pantry. You can also add cheese or paneer to your preference.

Bhaji tastes best when loaded with oodles of butter. Also the pao or buns should be shallow fried till slight golden in lots of butter (But if you are counting on calories, then we won’t be suggesting you that).

Team with onion, tomato, cucumber, carrot wedges along with green chilly and few slices of lemon. Do not miss to top with freshly chopped coriander as it looks amazing. You can also grate some paneer or cheese over the bhaji or buns to add a twist.

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Pav Bhaji - How to make Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is well know dish from Indian Street food.

Preparation Time : 20 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes

Category : Street food
Cuisine :
Servings : 3 servings

Author : Sunayana Gupta

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Recipe Ingredients

To be cooked in Pressure Cooker -

  • Potato (Peeled & cut in cubes) - 2 medium
  • Cauliflower (Cut in florets) - 1 cup
  • Beans (Cut in 1 inch pieces) - 1/2 cup
  • Carrot (Peeled & cut in cubes) - 1/2 cup
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - To taste
  • Water - 1/2 cup

For the Bhaji -

  • Onion - 1 large
  • Tomato - 1 large
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Capsicum (Chopped) - 1 medium
  • Pao bhaji masala - 2-3 teaspoon or to taste
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder (Amchur) - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder - 1-2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - To taste
  • Oil- 2 tablespoon

For ‘Pao’ - 

  • Pao/buns - 2
  • Butter - 2-3 tablespoon or as preferred 

To serve -

  • Onion+Tomato+Cucumber salad
  • Lemon wedges

How to make Pav Bhaji - How to make Pav Bhaji

To make Bhaji -

  1. Take all the veggies listed under first category, add salt, 1/2 cup of water and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles till they become soft and well cooked. Remove pressure cooker from heat and allow the steam to settle.
  2. Now carefully mash these veggies in the pressure cooker itself with a spatula or ladle. You may also use your hand blender for quick job. Keep aside.
  3. Now heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the chopped onion till pink. Add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and cook on medium to high flame till they ooze out oil.
  4. Add capsicum and cook till tender. To this add turmric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder, pao bhaji masala and cook on low flame for a minute or two.
  5. Add boiled and mashed vegetables with 1 cup of water, salt and stir well. Cook till everything is well combined and it begins to boil. Lower the flame and cook for a minute. Bhaji is done, remove from heat and cover with a lid.

Preparing ‘Pao’ or ‘Buns’ -

  1. Cut pao horizontally into half.
  2. Heat butter in a pan and place halved pao or buns over it. Shallow fry till golden from both sides. Transfer to a plate.

Assembling of Pao Bhaji -

  1. Serve bhaji in a serving bowl. Top with a cube of butter & freshly chopped coriander. Pair with buttered pao/buns and team with a simple onion, tomato, cucumber salad. Do not miss to put some lemon wedges as pao bhaji is tasteless unless you squeeze some fresh lime juice on it.


  • Name
  • Pav Bhaji Recipe - How to make Pav Bhaji
  • Sub name
  • Restaurant style pao bhaji recipe | Mumbai street food - chaat | Snack | Party snack | Kitty party snack
  • Category
  • Street food
  • Cuisine
  • Mumbai- Maharashtrian
  • Key ingredients
  • Assorted vegetables, pao (Bread), butter
  • Cooking technique
  • Boiling/steaming and cooking over gas top
  • Technicality
  • Medium
  • Taste
  • Savory, spicy, chatpata, buttery
  • Texture
  • Thick curry paired with golden crisp breads
  • Preparation time
  • 20 minutes
  • Cooking time
  • 20 minutes
  • Servings
  • 3
  • Equipment used
  • Pressure cooker, pan, skillet, hand blender
  • Steps
  • 0
  • Created date
  • 2018-04-28 06:39:23

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