This post is updated with better pictures and some extra tips on the recipe
Usually a significant part of my summer is spent in my hometown of Mumbai with my parents and eating a year’s worth of Mumbai’s street food within a week. Since this summer turned out the way it did, I simply had to make pav bhaji from scratch (because pavs available outside Mumbai are sad). I enjoyed it while reminiscing about all my pav bhaji meals back home.
It is all about the butter
If you are on a diet or not fond of butter then don’t read any further. The most important ingredient is the unbelievable amount of butter that goes in. I remember the Juhu & Chowpatty beach pav bhaji where the guy would always have a large slab of butter continuously melting on the tava. The pavs will be roasted in this butter or rather soaked in the butter. When you have that butter dripping pav with the spicy butter topped bhaji, you are usually convinced that ‘agar dharti pe swarg hai, tho yahein hai, yahein hai’. (If there is heaven on earth, then it’s here, it’s here).
The amount of butter specified in the recipe is the basic minimum. You can add more, rather you should. The butter soaked pav with the buttery bhaji is what makes it the most popular street food. So do not scrimp on the butter.
The vegetable medley
As expected potatoes are a primary ingredient in the bhaji for the pav but it has quite a few other vegetables too. I believe it is to convince you that you are eating healthy. There is cauliflower, french beans, carrots, capsicum and capsicum in addition to tomatoes and way too much onions. All these vegetables are cooked together and then mashed together to get the smooth ubiquitous bhaji.
The pav bhaji masala
The spice mix is another key ingredient in the pav bhaji. It elevates this dish from a simple mixed vegetable to heavenly deliciousness. Though It can be substituted with garam masala, I would not recommend it. The pav bhaji masala gives it its unique, distinct taste and flavour and must not be missed.
You can simply make this bhaji and eat it with store bough pavs or even regular sandwich bread. I love to bake the pavs myself and will post the pav recipe soon. Now let us enjoy this bhaji recipe
If you like street food then these are some other dishes you will enjoy. Do check out Bhajiya pav, Jini Dosa and Ragada Patties
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- Pressure cooker (optional)
- 3 Potatoes
- 10-12 florets Cauliflower
- 1 Carrot, medium
- 6-8 French Beans
- 1/4 cup Green peas, fresh / frozen
- 1-2 tbsp Butter
- 2 Onions
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Capsicum
- 1 tsp Red chilly powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Pav bhaji masala
- Fresh coriander to garnish
- Finely chopped onion to garnish
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- Peel and chop the potatoes and carrot into small pieces
- Chop the cauliflower and french beans into small pieces
- Add all the above vegetables and the peas in a pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles (in 2 litre cooker)
- Chop the onions,tomatoes and capsicum and set aside
- Heat & melt butter in a large pan. Add the onion and saute till it becomes translucent
- Add the tomatoes and capsicum and cook till the tomatoes are fully done
- Add the chilly powder and pav bhaji masala
- Add the boiled vegetables, salt and half cup of water. Mash the vegetables nicely to ensure it all comes together
- Simmer for 8-10 minutes
- Turn off the heat and garnish with fresh coriander and some butter
- Serve with buttery toasted pavs, finely chopped onions and lemon wedges
- Add Kashmiri chilly powder to get the lovely orange colour of the pav bhaji
- If you want to make the bhaji healthier, then add some sprouted moong along with the vegetables.
- You can also add a pinch of red chilly powder on the butter before roasting the pav if you like it spicier.
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That is one of my favorite street food and love it topped with loads of onions 🙂
Looks absolutely delicious..
One of my most fav chaat. Looks so delicious..
Love Pav Bhaji. Yours looks delicious.
Our fav chat! love it.
I love pav bhaji .Yours looks delicious.
LOVE pav bhaji any time. You are tempting me to make some soon 🙂
Pav bhaji looks delicious !!
That’s okay I love mumbai street foods..and this is our favorite one..
I can never resist a good plate of pav bhaji and I definitely need that extra blob of butter on top and buttery pav too. This is my all time favorite street food. Your clicks are tempting me to make pav bhaji soon!
Pav bhaji is all time comfort food. You have made it absolutely lip smacking.
We miss stepping out for a pav bhaji treat. Many times the pav baji here in restaurants are neer anywhere close to the ones back home. I am glad to have your version to try as well
Paavbhaji is our all time favourite. I also make it almost similar to your version. Looks absolutely irresistible!
“The more the butter the better it is” quoting my husband here. For once I agree with him . I must make it plain and simple without sneaky veggies sometime. Waiting for the the pav recipe….
i cant say no to this when I am craving for street food on a veg day, LOL
so perfect to have !
This is one of the favourite street foods at home, an unanimous choice among both aduts and children. Looks delicious.