mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

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kanda bhaji pav recipe

kanda bhajji pav is a mumbai street food where onion fritters (onion pakoda, vengaya bajji) are stuffed between bread rolls aka pav and topped with spicy and sweet chutneys.

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mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe with step by step pictures. kanda bhajji pav is a crispy, tasty and popular mumbai street food snack where onion fritters (onion pakoda, vengaya bajji) are stuffed between pav (bread rolls) and topped with spicy and sweet chutneys. basically these are like onion fritter slider with a tangy, spicy and sweet taste.

kanda bhajji pav recipe

kanda bhaji pav and batata bhaji pav is a popular mumbai street food snack and one which i would have often in my office days. mumbai street food is a comfort food for me, so i do make many of the mumbai street food snacks once a while.

this is an easy to make snack and does not take much time if you have the chutneys ready. at my mom’s place usually when we make pakoda or bhajji we have it with pav or bread.

at my in law’s place pakodas are served with phulkas. its not necessary that you have to serve them with a bread or phulka. you can even have them directly with a chutney or sauce.

ingredients to make mumbai style kanda bhajji pav

in this recipe post, i have shared the recipe of kanda bhaji aka onion pakoda. you can make the green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney a day before and refrigerate. you can also use store brought sweet tamarind chutney.

some more similar recipes already posted on blog are:

kanda bhaji pav recipe
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kanda bhajji pav

kanda bhajji pav is a mumbai street food where onion fritters (onion pakoda, vengaya bajji) are stuffed between bread rolls aka pav and topped with spicy and sweet chutneys.
course snacks, starters
cuisine indian street food, mumbai street food
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for kanda bhajji batter

  • 2 medium onions - thinly sliced or 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 green chilli - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds - crushed slightly in mortar pestle
  • ½ cup besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water or add as required
  • salt as required

other ingredients for kanda bhajji pav

  • oil for deep frying
  • 4 to 5 pav
  • 1 small bowl green chutney
  • 1 small bowl tamarind dates chutney
  • 3 to 4 green chilies - fried
  • 2 tablespoons garlic red chilli chutney

how to make kanda bhajji pav

making kanda bhajji batter

  1. peel and rinse 2 medium sized onions. then slice them thinly. take the sliced onions in a mixing bowl.

  2. add ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), 1 green chilli (chopped) and 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (crushed slightly in mortar pestle).

  3. add ½ cup besan (gram flour), ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt as required.

  4. then add 3 to 4 tablespoons water in parts and mix well. 

frying kanda bhajji

  1. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan.

  2. drop spoonfuls of batter in the hot oil. deep fry on medium flame and do not over crowd the pan or kadai.

  3. when one side is light golden, then gently turn over the onion pakoda and continue to fry.

  4. turn over a couple of times and fry till the kanda bhajis are golden and crisp.

  5. remove the crisp and golden fried kanda bhajji with a slotted spoon.

  6. place onion pakoda on kitchen paper towels to remove extra oil. fry the remaining onion pakoda in a similar manner.

making mumbai style kanda bhaji pav

  1. keep all ingredients ready before you start assembling. when the onion pakoras are still hot or warm, slice each pav in two parts.

  2. spread some green chutney on the pav. you can add less or more chutneys as per your choice.

  3. next spread some tamarind dates chutney on the pav.

  4. sprinkle dry garlic red chili chutney or dry peanut chutney. you can even use peanut thecha.

  5. place about 3 to 4 onion pakoras.

  6. then close the pav and serve straight away. assemble the remaining onion pakoda pav in the same way.

  7. serve kanda bhajji pav with some fried salted green chilies, green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

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how to make mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

a) making batter for kanda bhajji

1. peel and rinse 2 medium sized onions. then slice them thinly. take the sliced onions in a mixing bowl.

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2. add ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), 1 green chilli (chopped) and 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (crushed slightly in mortar pestle).

kanda to make mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

3. add ½ cup besan. also add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt as required.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

4. add 3 to 4 tablespoons water in parts. do add water as required.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

5. mix very well.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

b) frying kanda bhajji

6. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. test a small portion of the batter in the oil. it should come up steadily and gradually. if it stays at the bottom, then the oil is not hot enough. if it comes up too quickly, then the oil has become very hot.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

7. drop spoonfuls of batter in the hot oil. deep fry on medium flame and do not over crowd the pan or kadai.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

8. when one side is light golden, then gently turn over the onion pakoda and continue to fry.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

9. turn over a couple of times and fry till the kanda bhajjis are golden and crisp.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

10. remove the crisp and golden fried kanda bhajji with a slotted spoon.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

11. place onion pakoda on kitchen paper towels to remove extra oil. fry the remaining onion pakoda in a similar manner.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

assembling kanda bhajji pav

12. keep all ingredients ready before you start assembling. when the onion pakoras are still hot or warm, slice each pav in two parts. you can use pav made from maida (all purpose flour) or whole wheat flour. even burger buns which are not sweet can be used.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

13. spread some green chutney on the pav. you can add less or more chutneys as per your choice.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

14. next spread some tamarind dates chutney on the pav.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

15. sprinkle dry garlic red chili chutney or dry peanut chutney. you can even use peanut thecha.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

16. place about 3 to 4 onion pakoras.

making mumbai style kanda bhajji pav recipe

17. then close the pav and serve straightaway. assemble the remaining onion pakoda pav in the same way.

mumbai style kanda bhaji pav recipe

18. serve mumbai kanda bhaji pav with some fried salted green chilies, green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

mumbai style kanda bhaji pav recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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