Pav Bhaji Recipe, How to make Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji Recipe: Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe, Mumbai Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji Recipe with step by step photosPav Bhaji is one of the most popular mumbai street food. I have been making pav bhaji since my teens and even today I make pav bhaji often at home.

Pav Bhaji was one Mumbai Street Food that i missed a lot when i left Mumbai. I have lived in almost all major Indian cities, but never ever had a really good Pav Bhaji anywhere. Since I know how to make Pav Bhaji it was not difficult to miss this awesome street snack. But the only issue would be the dearth of good quality pavs.

When we lived in Delhi we used to get not so good pavs. So, then I would make Pav Bhaji but end up serving them with bread. Atleast the bread were softer than the pav and would soak up the bhaji.

I have fond memories of having Pav Bhaji at Juhu beach since my childhood in Mumbai. I would carefully see the way the pav bhaji vendor would prepare the bhaji on his huge huge heavy tava with lots of Amul butter.

Those days… I so fondly remember them. My evenings especially during vacations would be spent at Juhu Beach, making sand castles, playing in the sea, having pani poori, sev poori, in fact all kinds of chat, seeing the sun set and returning home late in the evening with my parents.

mumbai pav bhaji recipe

While making Pav Bhaji, I personally prefer to use the Amul brand of butter, but you could use any brand or even white butter.

The pav in the pics are homemade and much much better in terms of softness, lightness and cleanliness. Here is the recipe link of a vegan healthy pav made from Whole Wheat flour. – Indian Pav Recipe. Nothing better than some homemade bhaji with homemade pav…..

Few other variations of pav bhaji recipes in the blog are paneer pav bhaji, kada pav bhaji and no onion no garlic pav bhaji version.

mumbai pav bhaji

The vegetables that are usually added to pav bhaji are cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, peas, capsicum and french beans. Depending on the quantity of these vegetables, the final taste of the pav bhaji will be different. e.g, if you add more carrots, the pav bhaji will have a mild sweeter taste. You can also just make the bhaji with any of these veggie combination. However, addition of capsicum (green bell pepper) is a must.

I always add fresh green peas to the bhaji. But in the pav bhaji stalls and restaurants, they add dried green peas to the bhaji. Hence the consistency of the pav bhaji is mushy and smooth. You can also add dried green peas. You have to soak them overnight and then cook them thoroughly.

Note: I have garnished the Pav Bhaji with chopped mint leaves as I did not have coriander leaves. Just to add some color in the photopraphs, I have used mint leaves. Pav Bhaji is always garnished with coriander leaves. Also the sprouts that you see with the chopped onions are Alfalfa sprouts. Also have updated the post with step by step pics, excluding the final pics of the dish. In the step by step pics carrots are not added. But the final pics of the pav bhaji, carrots were added.

Lets Start Step by Step Pav Bhaji Recipe:

1. Steam or cook all the vegetables except onions, tomatoes and capsicum (green bell pepper) in a pressure cooker or microwave oven or a steamer. The vegetables have be to cooked completely.

veggies for pav bhaji recipe

2. Peel the potatoes. Roughly chop all the veggies except peas. Mash the vegetables and keep aside. Just lightly mash with a potato masher or with a spoon. Don’t make a puree.

mashed veggies for pav bhaji recipe

3. In a pan, melt butter.

melt butter - making pav bhaji recipe

4. Add cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the chopped onions.

add cumin - making pav bhaji recipe

5. Fry the onions till they become translucent.

fry onions - making pav bhaji recipe

6. Now add the ginger-garlic paste. Saute till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic paste disappears.

ginger garlic paste - making pav bhaji recipe

7. Add chopped green chilies and saute for a half a minute.

add chillies - making pav bhaji recipe

8. Add the tomatoes.

add tomatoes - making pav bhaji recipe

9. Stir and mix the tomatoes with the rest of the mixture.

mix tomatoes - making pav bhaji recipe

10. Saute till the tomatoes become soft and mushy and you see the fat from the sides. About 6 to 7 minutes on a low to medium flame.

saute tomatoes - making pav bhaji recipe

11. Add the chopped capsicum (green bell pepper). Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

add capsicum - making pav bhaji recipe

12. Then add the chilly powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala.

add pav bhaji masala

13. Stir and saute for a 1 to 2 minutes till the chopped capsicum softens a bit. You don’t need to cook the capsicum till very soft. A little crunch is alright.

sauting capsium - making pav bhaji recipe

14. Now add the mashed vegetables.

add vegetables - making pav bhaji recipe

15. Add water and combine everything well.

add water - making pav bhaji recipe

16. Season with salt.

add salt to pav bhaji

17. With a potato masher, mash the veggies directly in the pan.

mash the veggies in pav bhaji

18. Keep on stirring occasionally and let the bhaji simmer for 12-15 minutes. If the bhaji becomes dry and then add some more water. The consistency is neither very thick nor thin.

simmer pav bhaji

19. When the pav bhaji simmers to the desired consistency, check the taste. Add salt, pav bhaji masala, red chili powder or butter if required.

simmer pav bhaji

20. Serve pav bhaji hot garnished with coriander leaves and a few cubes of butter. You can add more butter, if you like it. In fact, with more butter, the pav bhaji tastes very good. Along side serve finely chopped onions and lime slices. The lime juice has to be squeezed on the bhaji and topped with chopped onions. Also serve buttered and lightly pan fried pav along with the bhaji.

pav bhaji recipe

If you are looking for more street food of mumbai then do check bhel puri, ragda patties, pav bhaji dosa and bombay veg toast sandwich.

Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe below:

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Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe
 
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Pav Bhaji - Popular Street food from Mumbai consisting of spiced smooth mashed mix vegetables, served with lightly roasted buttered bread.
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RECIPE TYPE: Mumbai Street food
CUISINE: Indian
SERVES: 5-6 plates of pav bhaji
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 3 medium sizes potatoes, 250 gms
  • 1 to 1.25 cups cups chopped cauliflower, 120 to 130 gms cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • ¾ to 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen or soaked dried white peas
  • ½ (half) cup chopped french beans (optional)
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 large tomatoes - finely chopped, about 2 to 2.5 cups finely chopped tomatoes, tightly packed
  • 1 medium sized capsicum/green bell pepper
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 3 to 3.5 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp chilly powder or freshly pounded 1-2 dry deseeded red chilies - the latter works much better and imparts a beautiful orange color to the bhaji
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or add as required
  • 2 to 3 tbsp amul butter, butter is also added later while serving, you can add upto 5 to 6 tbsp of butter too for a richer version
  • salt as required
  • 12 pavs for serving with the bhaji
INSTRUCTIONS
Preparing the Bhaji:
  1. Rinse all the vegetables well.
  2. Boil all the vegetables except onions, tomatoes and capsicum in a pressure cooker or microwave oven.
  3. Finely chop the onions, green chilies, tomatoes and capsicum. Keep aside
  4. Once the potatoes, cauliflower etc are cooked. Then peel the potaotes. Roughly chop all the steamed veggies and then mash them lightly with a potato masher. Keep aside. Just lightly mash. Don't make a puree.
  5. In a pan, add butter.
  6. When the butter melts, add cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the chopped onions.
  7. Saute the onions till they become translucent. Now add the ginger-garlic paste.
  8. Saute till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic paste disappears.
  9. Add chopped green chilies and fry for half a minute.
  10. Add the tomatoes and fry them till they become soft and mush, till you fat releasing the sides. About 6 to 7 minutes on low to medium flame.
  11. Add the chopped capsicum. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  12. Now add the red chilly powder, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala. also add garam masala now if adding.
  13. Mix the dry masalas well. Fry for a couple of minutes till the capsicum become a little soft.
  14. You don't need to make the capsicum very soft. A little crunch is alright.
  15. Now add the mashed vegetables.
  16. Combine the mashed vegetables well with the masala.
  17. Add water and combine everything well. Season with salt.
  18. With a potato masher, mash the veggies directly in the pan.
  19. Keep on stirring occasionally and let the bhaji simmer for 12 to 15 minutes on a low flame. If the bhaji becomes dry and then add some more water. The consistency is neither very thick nor thin.
  20. When the pav bhaji simmers to the desired consistency, check the taste. Add salt, pav bhaji masala, red chili powder or butter if required.
  21. When done, garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with chopped onions and chopped lime. The lime juice has to be squeezed on the bhaji and topped with chopped onions.
  22. While serving, add amul butter to the bhaji and serve with buttered pavs.
  23. You can add more butter, if you like it. In fact, with more butter, the pav bhaji tastes very good.
To make the buttered pavs:
  1. Slice the pavs/bread rolls .
  2. On a flat pan, heat some butter.
  3. When the butter melts, keep the pavs on the melted butter so that it absorbs the butter and fry for a minute.
  4. If you want to make the pav crisp, fry for a few more minutes. Serve the pavs hot with the bhaji.
NOTES
Few Suggestions for Pav Bhaji Recipe:
1. The spice powders can be easily adjusted to suit your taste.
2. If you don't want to add butter, then you can also make the pav bhaji in oil.
3. If you don't have Pav Bhaji Masala, then add Garam Masala. I have made Pav Bhaji with Garam Masala only and nobody could tell the difference. In this scenario, then just add some Dry Mango Powder/Amchur to the Pav Bhaji to get that slightly sour taste.
Quantity is 2 tsp garam masala with 1 tsp amchur/dry mango powder. If you are adding this than don't add the ½ tsp garam masala mentioned above. That is only meant if you are using Pav Bhaji Masala.
4. The Pav Bhaji can be had as a meal during lunch or dinner. You could also have it as an evening snack.
NUTRITION INFORMATION
SERVING SIZE: 5-6


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  1. Leena says

    I doesn’t know that I can prepare pav bhaji so well. The credit goes to u dassana .it just came out wow……thank u for the perfect recipe…

  2. sonia says

    hello, just going to make it , but i dont have capsicum, and I am planning to use dried green peas .. will it taste same like bombay road side?? i simply love that taste
    please comment

    • says

      better to add capsicum. try to get one, if you are making. yes it does taste like the bombay road side pav bhaji if you use dried green peas. but soak the peas in water for some hours or overnight and then cook them till they are completely soft.

  3. Huner says

    Made this today for dinner. It was yummy. Thank you. Will try with more tamotoes next time….as we like bit more sour.

  4. says

    My pavbhaji becomes heavy, dry and not as smooth and light as Bombay pavbhaji that we eat at chowpatty or any street in Mumbai.. what could be my mistake??
    please reply here.
    thanks

  5. Anish says

    Thank you so much… Great recipe. I’m 16 was hungry as usual.. This recipe helped me to make the perfect pav bhaji at once.. Yummy! :)

  6. Surya das says

    When i saw this dish in your site its became easier for me and the description with picture is the excellent work and made the dish more easier.thanks

  7. Jordan Surya says

    It was really awesome i loved the recipe and even my friends liked it a lot and they were happy for i was cooking kitchen stuff for the very first time and it was tasty ..

  8. Pranjali says

    Dear Dassana,

    You post wonderful receipes. So far I have tried multiple receipes from your website all turned out perfect. Everybody enjoys the food prepared! I sometimes cant imagine how someone can be so good at giving steps with pictures and tips for any dish preparation. You have spread the aroma of your receipes in every home! We wish you all the best ..may we always get such wonderful receipes from you! Thanks! Regards- Pranjali

    • says

      thanks pranjali for this encouraging feedback. the secret is passion for cooking and sharing. any thing which you love is never a job or burden on you. e.g. children can keep on playing for hours.

  9. Seema says

    I tried out your recipe & it turned out fab. I see you really take the time to post a recipe along with pics. I have tried some of your other recipes too like Patra. That turned out very well too,ur inclusion of step by step pics was a great help to me as I had never made it before. Keep up the good work,looking forward to seeing more!

  10. Mathew says

    My spouse was missing Mumbai. Thanks to your pav bhaji recipe blog, she isn’t any more missing mumbai. : ).

  11. Satyajeet Bhaskare says

    Trying it out tonight. Will post later how it turns out. This is the most apt recipe ive found on the internet.

  12. Iqbal Shaikh says

    Thank u so much.. My wife asked me to cook pav bhaji I was so confused but yourr recipe saved the day for me… Thank u so much

  13. Geetanshu Chawla says

    Ohky well dis ws really helpful….I m a college goin student n an amateur cook..so I like trying new stuff dis ws ma first time for pao bhaji….I guess I cud neva make a better dish Dan dis….yeah I added alil mayo sauce in da end n a tinge of lemon before serving…..wid those crispy paos….it ws hell amazing Dats wht I ws told…but ur recipe helped me Giving dat basic idea…thanx a ton….I managed to make some one feel special…coz I cooked it on sUm
    Occasion….tq..:)

  14. Rohini says

    Hi Dassana ,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this .I tried it and it came out really well …Thanks a lot again:)

  15. Mahvish says

    Hi dassana..
    Your recipes are really very awesome..i am a college going girl and after reading your recipes i have developed interest in cooking..which was not so earlier..keep on posting new ones..and thanks again :)

  16. rinki says

    I’m all set with all my ingredients ready and chopped. Making it for the first time.. But now i realised that i missed ginger :P so making it like dat only. Excited to see how it turns out. After all its my frst time. Thank u so much for posting such a nice and simple recipe. :)

  17. shilpa says

    Hi Dassana
    Your Pav bhaji recipe looks very yummy.I love pav bhaji, but my husband doesn’t like it much. Following your recipe I’ll try it at home.. Hope my husband will like it.

  18. Swati says

    Thank you Dassana.
    I followed your recipe,as I dint hv Pav bhaji masala so I hv used garam masala n amchur(as u suggested) n it came out very tasty

  19. Ananya says

    I am making pav bhaji following your recipe just as i am writing this. Last time i made it,it was a huge hit. My mom started eating pav bhaji( she never liked it much). Luv u thanks for this amazingly easy recipe.
    regards
    ananya

  20. saadiya says

    Hi dassana,
    Tried ur pav bhaji recipe.i was showered wid compliments.i felt so glad.thanks for bringing out the best in me.ur recipes are simply mind blowing

  21. Sandy says

    Hello Dasanna,
    I made your Pav Bhaji last time and my daughter said ‘it is the best pav bhaji i have ever eatn”
    I am going to make it on large scale for a party. Can I use cabbage instead of cauli flower? Also everytime I post my comment. I use the bestest words of praise for you ( because you deserve it so much). But why do they get deleted? Today my daughter was asking me whether the person I am following (that is you) is a guy or girl.Because from the name she thinks you are a guy. I showed her your picture. But she is asking me why is the name Amit?

    • says

      thanks a lot sandy. i have not deleted your comments. may be your comments have gone in the spam folder. it happens sometimes when certain words are used. i will check the spam folder. we delete comments which are rude, arrogant and use swear words or are negative or over the top.

      cabbage would give a different taste and texture to pav bhaji. generally cabbage is never added to pav bhaji. so my suggestion would be not to use cabbage. skip the cauliflower if you don’t have it.

      give my love & hugs to your cute daughter. my name is dassana and surname is amit. my husband’s name is amit. since i am half south indian, we take our husband’s name after marriage as the surname. you can tell her this :-)

      • sandy says

        Thank you so much. You deserve nothing but wonderfull praiseworthy words. I do not know why comments might have gone to spam. Anyways once again want to thank you so much for your receipes It has improved our life style.I also started baking whole wheat pavs now at home. Falling short of words to praise and thank you. Keep up the good work. God Bless you.
        When I read other peoples comments for you, I feel so so happy as if they are for me. People praise so much without holding anything back, because your receipes are so clear and neat.

        • says

          hey sandy, i was thinking about you a few days back. guess its telepathy. sometimes comments go in spam. i don’t know how it happens. and sometimes real spammy comments do not go in the spam folder. thanks a lot for all your positive wishes sandy.

  22. VickiBartlett says

    Looking forward to trying this recipe! I’m American, and after visiting Hyderabad, a couple of months ago, it is time for me to learn to cook more Indian dishes. I had bought a prepared version of Pav Bhaji, today, and then looked up this recipe. Can I use chaat masala (which i have), instead of pav bhaji masala(which i don’t have) , or is garam malasa (have that, too) the only acceptable substitute?

    Now, if I could only conquer dosa-making! Thanks for this, and all.

    • says

      hi vicki, i hope you had a great time in india and enjoyed indian food.

      now for the pav bhaji – chaat masala would make the pav bhaji tangy and salty. chaat masala is generally used to perk up dishes like salads, raita or yogurt dips, sandwiches and indian chaat snacks. add garam masala. about 1 to 2 tsp would be fine. depends upon your taste as garam masala is pretty strong. and some dry mango powder to get hint of sourness in the pav bhaji. if you don’t have mango powder, then just sprinkle lemon juice on the pav bhaji when you have it. you can also add one extra tomato as that will also make the pav bhaji a bit tart. the tomatoes can be minced or pureed too.

      dosa making is easy provided the dosa batter ferments well. however do try making dosa at home.

  23. Tanvi Verma says

    hi Dassana,
    i have started cooking recently and your bolg has come to my rescue whenever my mum isnt available on phone. i tried the pav bhaji receipe today and received a lot of compliments. all thanks to you..:)

  24. Tanvi Verma says

    hi Dassana,
    i have recently started cooking for myself and my husband and you come to my rescue when my mum isnt available on the phone. i tried this receipe today and well received a lot of compliments. thankyou..:)

  25. Punya says

    Hi Dassana,

    I usually like cooking for family during the weekend. This time around I tried this recipe for my weekend lunch for my hubby and my brother. They were completely blown away and showered me with compliments, all thanks to you :D

  26. Fathima says

    Hi , I love chats but its rare i use to eat because of my ammi..she wanna make chat in home..This recipe is very helpful for her.. Inspite of cauliflower can v add any other vegetable..

    • says

      don’t add cauliflower fathima. you can just add some extra potatoes, peas, carrots in place of the cauliflower. sometimes i make pav bhaji just with potatoes, peas and carrots too.

  27. Bhanu says

    Very nice recipe… have tried it and loved it thoroughly… kudos!…closest to the juhu pav bhaji i have had yet..

  28. says

    i want to make pav bhaji as outside made so your recipe help me making my dish which
    i want to make and by study this recipe i thought it will be delicios

  29. Diksha says

    Hi, I’ve just read the notes.. Thanks for adding that garam masala can be used as a substitute.. Impatient to try it!:-)

  30. Diksha says

    Hi, I want to try this recipe badly.. But actually am from Mauritius and I don’t think pav bhaji masala is available here.. What can I use as a substitute for that?

    • says

      hi diksha, you can add garam masala powder + amchur/dry mango powder as a substitute for pav bhaji masala. for this recipe first just add 1 tsp of garam masala powder + 1 tsp amchur powder. taste the pav bhaji and if you feel the spice and sourness is less, then add some more of the garam masala and amchur powder. if you don’t have amchur powder, then add an extra tomato and towards the end add some lemon juice. you can easily adjust the lemon juice as per your taste.

  31. Dave says

    Hi

    Could you help me I accidentally put too many green vegetables and it loooks and tastes greeny what should i do

  32. Dominic d'sa says

    hi,Dassana
    i am very fond of your blog Veg Recipes of India , vn ever i get time i go through it , today i read Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe, bt littel problem with it . i work in middle east
    ‘ kuwait’ we dont get some brand like pav baji, usal pav “massala packs”. so can you please share this secret massala recipes on your blog, if you share i will be great full. because by cooking your recipe we get our INDIAN flavour in this middle east country and so we never fell that we are far from our Motherland,friends & family. it was great to read middeleast recipes like peta bread, Hamous & Fallifal “yes” it is a very good tasty snacks and most popular dish every where we get in kuwait. it is liked by every one rich & poor. i wish our indian should try this in there home vt there family. love to see your blog genaration to come GOD bless you

    • says

      thanks dominic. at home we all love the middle eastern recipes. since i make these sometimes, these recipes get posted on the blog too. even i wish indians should try middle eastern food.

      i only have a punjabi garam masala powder on the blog. haven’t updated with pav bhaji masala or usal masala. this recipe of garam masala is too good. i use this powder for everyday cooking. i even add these to the usals i make at home. i even add this powder to the biryanis and dals i make at home.

      i have even added to pav bhaji and the taste is good. so you can make this garam masala recipe and add it to the pav bhaji or usal. for pav bhaji along with this masala, you will need to add amchur powder/dry mango powder also and the turmeric powder and red chilli powder. if you don’t have amchur powder than add some lemon juice instead, but not too much. just to get a hint of sourness in the pav bhaji.

      garam masala recipe here: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/punjabi-garam-masala/

      • Dominic d'sa says

        thank Dassana,
        for the garam masala recipe, i will try and let you know bt still if you have this usal & pav bhaji masala please put on your blog. thank you one’s again GOD bless you……………..

  33. snehil says

    I am a student in USA, stay with roomies… and when my cooking turn comes, stun them with your mouth watering recipies :) Thanks :))

  34. Renuka says

    Hi Dassana,

    Your receipe was super duper hit..i made it on weekend and everyone said it is even better than restuarant …thanks a alot…now one more dish is added in my list for guests and that is Dassana’s Pav Bhaji….I am very confident in making it……..thanks to you…

    when r u posting my Gatta’s receipe

    • says

      thanks renuka. am glad… i really feel good when readers try my recipes and they turn out fab. even at my home everybody asks me only to make pav bhaji :-)

      the gatta recipe will take time. we will be relocating our house in some time. so may be no posting for some weeks. but i will surely post the recipe after some weeks or a month.

  35. Meeta says

    Hello Dassana, today i tried bhaji receipe and it was full of flavours…my 2 yrs old son also liked it and wanted more & more -:)…Thank you so much for the all the sincere efforts & providing us the detailed, step by step pics….with love meeta, bye tc…

    • says

      thanks meeta. glad to know your 2 year old son liked it. with kids and their picky eating habits, i know how difficult it is for parents at times.

  36. Bonika says

    Thanks a lot dassana,yesterday i tried ur veg. briyani recipe & it was super hit…i always scared of making briyani,b’coz i believe this is the most toughest recipe,but u made it so easy for me to prepare my 1st briyani.once again thanks a loooooootttttt………..