quick and easy pav bhaji made in pressure cooker

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pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

this pav bhaji recipe details the easy and quick method of making the bhaji using a pressure cooker.

5 from 12 votes
total time:
35minutes

pressure cooker pav bhaji with step by step photos – easy method of preparing delicious pav bhaji using pressure cooker.

pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

there are some times when i prepare pav bhaji in pressure cooker. so i thought i will share this method too. its easy and does save some time. plus the bhaji also tastes good. so when in a hurry or when you have unexpected guests, you can consider this recipe of preparing pav bhaji in pressure cooker.

i have already shared few more quick and easy versions of some recipes made in pressure cooker like:

  1. vegetable biryani in pressure cooker
  2. rajma masala in pressure cooker
  3. paneer biryani in pressure cooker
  4. how to make ladi pav in pressure cooker
  5. how to make cake in pressure cooker

the recipe of pav bhaji is similar to the way i prepare it with the usual method. you can also check this mumbai pav bhaji recipe which is made in a pan (kadai). but here the preparation method is different. usually pav bhaji on street side stalls is made on very large tawas. at home we can use a pan or a kadai. but with pressure cooker, everything is cooked one pot and this cooking method does make things easier. other variations of pav bhaji posted on blog are:

whenever i prepare pav bhaji, i also prepare home made pav. i had made whole wheat pavs to go with the pav bhaji. also i have used homemade pav bhaji masala powder in the recipe, which is far better than ready made powder.

pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker
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pav bhaji in cooker

this pav bhaji recipe details the easy and quick method of making the bhaji using a pressure cooker.
course snacks
cuisine indian street food
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 35 minutes
servings 4 to 5
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

veggies

  • 250 grams potato OR 3 medium or 2 large potatoes OR 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 100 grams onion OR 1 large onion OR 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 300 grams tomatoes OR 3 large tomatoes OR 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 100 grams cauliflower OR ¾ to 1 cup chopped cauliflower florets (gobi)
  • 100 grams carrot OR 1 medium to large carrot OR ¾ cup chopped carrots (gajar)
  • cup chopped capsicum (green bell pepper or shimla mirch)
  • ½ cup green peas - fresh or frozen (matar)

other ingredients for pav bhaji

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka paste)
  • 2 to 3 green chilies (hari mirch) - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoons kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 2 cups water
  • salt as per taste
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoons pav bhaji masala
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter to be added later

accompaniments

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion + 2 tablespoons coriander leaves - mixed well
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves (dhania patta or cilantro leaves)
  • 1 lemon - chopped in wedges
  • butter as required while topping bhaji
  • 10 to 12 pav
  • butter as required for roasting pav

how to make pav bhaji in cooker

making quick pav bhaji in pressure cooker

  1. firstly chop all the veggies and keep them ready. you can add your choice of veggies.
  2. heat butter in a 3 litre pressure cooker. add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  3. then add chopped onions. mix the onions very well and saute them on a low to medium flame till they turn translucent.
  4. next add ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chilies. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  5. then add capsicum followed by chopped tomatoes. stir and saute for 2 minutes.
  6. then add turmeric powder and red chilli powder. mix them very well with the veggies.
  7. add the chopped veggies and green peas. mix very well.
  8. add water. season with salt and mix very well.
  9. pressure cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 whistles or 11 to 12 minutes.
  10. when pressure settles down on its own, open the lid.
  11. mash the cooked veggies well.
  12. add pav bhaji masala powder. also add 1 to 2 tablespoon butter. adding butter is optional and you can skip it. mix very well.
  13. keep the cooker back on stove top and on a low flame simmer the bhaji till it thickens a bit on a low to medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes. 

  14. once done cover and keep aside. do check the taste and add more pav bhaji masala, salt, red chili powder or butter if required.

roasting pav for pav bhaji

  1. for the pav, heat a tawa and melt some butter on it.
  2. on a low-medium flame, place sliced pavs on it. let the pav soak the butter and become warm. if you want you can even lightly toast the pavs.
  3. serve pav bhaji garnished with coriander leaves and topped with butter. 

  4. also accompany chopped onions, coriander leaves and lemon wedges. serve the butter toasted pav also with the bhaji.

recipe notes

tips for pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker
  1. oil can be used instead of butter.
  2. less or more butter can be added as per your requirements.
  3. kashmiri red chili powder gives a nice color, so do consider adding it. if using any other red chili powder, then add less or more.
  4. you can add your choice of veggies.

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how to make quick pav bhaji in pressure cooker

1. firstly chop all the veggies and keep them ready. you can add your choice of veggies. i have used a mix of potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, peas and capsicum.

veggies for pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

2. heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 3 litre pressure cooker.

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3. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and let them sizzle.

making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

4. then add 1 cup finely chopped onions.

onions for pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

5. mix the onions very well and saute them on a low to medium flame..

onions for pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

6. saute the onions till they turn translucent.

onions for pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

7. next add 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste and 2 or 3 chopped green chilies.

preparing pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

8. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

preparing pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

9. then add ⅓ cup chopped capsicum.

making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

10. next add 2 cups chopped tomatoes.

making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

11. stir and saute for tomatoes for two minutes.

tomatoes for making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

12. add the ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 to 1.5 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder. if using any other red chili powder, then you can add less or more of it.

spices for making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

13. mix the spice powders very well with the remaining masala.

making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

14. add the chopped veggies and green peas.

veggies for making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

15. mix very well.

veggies for making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

16. add 2 cups water.

veggies for making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

17. season with salt and mix very well.

salt for making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

18. pressure cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 whistles or 11 to 12 minutes.

making pav bhaji recipe in pressure cooker

19. when the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker then open the lid.

making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

20. mash the cooked veggies well.

making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

21. below a pic of the mashed bhaji.

making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

22. add pav bhaji masala powder.

making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

23. also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter. you can skip the butter if you want.

preparing pav bhaji

24. mix very well.

making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

25. keep the cooker back on stove top and on a low flame simmer the bhaji for 6 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame, till it thickens a bit. stir a couple of times, so that the bhaji does not stick to the bottom of the cooker. once done cover and keep the bhaji aside. do check the taste and add salt, butter, kashmiri red chili powder or pav bhaji masala if required.

making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

for the pav, heat a tawa and melt some butter on it.

butter for making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

place sliced pavs on it.

pav for making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

let the pav soak the butter and become warm. if you want you can even lightly toast the pavs.

pav for making pav bhaji in pressure cooker recipe

serve pav bhaji garnished with coriander leaves and topped with butter. also accompany chopped onions + coriander leaves and lemon wedges. serve the butter toasted pav also with the bhaji.

pav bhaji in pressure cooker 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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32 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana,
    Today I cooked Pav bhaji for my wife and she loved it.
    Thnx for your recipes.
    Keep posting such easy way to cook so that we husband can cook for his love.

    • Welcome Rajani. Glad to know that both of you liked this pav bhaji recipe. Will add more such easy recipes.

  2. Hello Dassana,
    This winter I have cooked pav bhaji three or four time so far using your recipe and it came out YUMMILICIOUS😀 Thank you so much for your easily explained and step by step recipe.God bless you. Happy New year

    • Welcome Shabistan. Glad to know that you liked this pav bhaji recipe. Thanks for your kind words and positive feedback. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. This looks fantastic, thank you for sharing. I have an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) and you can saute in it, which is handy. I love pav bhaji and have made it many times, but never yet in the Instant Pot. I don’t have time to do homemade masala, but for store-bought, I really like MDH brand. 🙂 Thanks again, can’t wait to try this in my new IP!

    • i have heard about the instant pot and also seen the reviews. from what i have read indian recipes can be easily made in an instant post. do try the pav bhaji and happy cooking.

  4. Hi dassana,
    We made pav bhaji in cooker using this recipe tonight and it came out totally fabulous. Everybody just loved it. Last time when I made it, I skipped onion & garlic. But this time I added those & the bhaji came out very nice.
    Also, I made a small batch of pav bhaji masala at home using your recipe. The combination of that masala & your recipe is so good I think I will have to make larger batch of the masala soon.
    Thank you

    • thanks ruchi. onion and garlic does make a difference. the pav bhaji masala recips is very good. i will be making a batch again. you can make a larger batch and keep in the fridge. the masala will stay for many months.

  5. Hello Dassana. Great recipes and most of the times awesome results. Keep up the fantastic work.

    I tried and prepared the Pav bhaji masala. I am not sure what was my mistake. My end masala powder misses/lacks that peculiar, strong pay bhaji masala aroma which any store bought pav bhaji masala has. Can you tell me why was it so? Or what do they add? Or will home made pav bhaji masala has this kind of aroma? I know it’s difficult for you to tell but any inputs?

    Thank you,
    Chetana

    • chetana, did you use the pav bhaji masala recipe from the website. let me know. i am still using this homemade pav bhaji masala and even now pav bhaji made with this masala tastes good. in some they add dried garlic and dried onion powder. so this could be the reason for the strong aroma. hope this helps.

  6. Nice recipe

    • Thanks Pratima

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