Pav bhaji | How to make pav bhaji at home |Mumbai style street food | पाव भाजी रेसिपी | பாவ் பாஜி


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Pav bhaji is a dish consisting of thick vegetable curry and a fried (toasted) soft bread roll (pav bun). This is a popular dish in Maharashtra (India). This dish is usually prepared with vegetables, butter and spices. In this recipe, no artificial food colour is added. This delicious dish is generally served with onions, lemon, etc,. Here is the simple recipe of it.

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Cooking time: less than 20- 25 minutes

Serves: 10


1 tbsp = 15 ml

1 tsp = 5 ml

For bhaji:

  • Potatoes (boiled) / उबला हुआ आलू / வேகவைத்த உருளைக்கிழங்கு (big size) – 6
  • Green peas (boiled) / उबला हुआ हरी मटर / வேகவைத்த பச்சை பட்டாணி – ¾ cup (where 1 cup= 240 ml)
  • Butter / मक्खन / வெண்ணெய் – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp + 1 tsp (while serving) 
  • Cumin seeds / जीरा / சீரகம் – 1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste / अदरक लहसुन पेस्ट / இஞ்சி பூண்டு பேஸ்ட்– ½ tsp
  • Onions / प्याज / வெங்காயம் (medium size) – 6
  • Tomatoes / टमाटर / தக்காளி (medium size) – 3
  • Coriander leaves / धनिये के पत्ते / கொத்துமல்லி தழை (chopped) – few
  • Red chilli powder (Kashmiri ) / काश्मीर लाल मिर्च पाउडर / கஷ்மீரி சிவப்பு மிளகாய் தூள் – 3 ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala powder /  गरम मसाला पाउडर / கரம் மசாலா பொடி – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala /  पाव भाजी मसाला / பாவ் பாஜி மசாலா பவுடர்  – 4 tsp
  • Salt / नमक / உப்பு – required
  • Water / पानी / தண்ணீர் – 180 ml

For pav:

  • Pav bun / पाव रोटी / பாவ் ரொட்டி– 10
  • Butter/ मक्खन / வெண்ணெய் – required


For bhaji:

  1. Boil the potatoes and green peas in a steamer or cooker.
  2. Mash the potatoes well using a masher. Mashed potatoes are ready.
  3. Add butter (1 tbsp) to a kadai.
  4. Add cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste and onions to it. Sauté until onions become pink and transparent at medium flame.
  5. Add tomatoes to it and cook covered until tomatoes becomes soft at medium flame (9- 10 minutes at low- medium flame).
  6. Mash the tomatoes with spatula (please refer video recipe).
  7. Add the mashed potatoes, coriander leaves, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, pav bhaji masala, salt (required) and water to it. Mash and mix it well.
  8. Add butter (1 tsp) to it and cook covered at medium flame until froth appears (5 minutes at low-medium flame). Turn off the flame. Serve hot with butter.

For pav:

  1. Cut the pav bun into two halves.
  2. Toast the pav bun over a tawa (greased with required butter). Serve hot with bhaji.

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