Mumbai Pav Bhaji

Very popular street food in Mumbai. It is spicy mixed vegetables (bhaji) cooked in a special blend of spices and served with lemon, onion and soft bread (pav) shallow fried in butter.
  • Passive
    15 minutes
  • Prep
    20 minutes
  • Cook
    45 minutes
  • Servings
    6 People


For the Bhaji:-
  • 2 large Potatoes
  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 cup Cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup Green Peas
  • 2 large Onions (chopped finely)
  • 4 large Tomatoes (chopped finely)
  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 medium sized Green Bell pepper/capsicum (chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala (I used Everest masala brand)
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat masala
  • Orange food color (optional)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Coriander (chopped finely)
  • 1/4 cup Oil
To serve:-
  • Butter (as required)
  • 1 Onion (chopped finely)
  • Lemon wedes (as required)
  • Pav (see recipe notes below for recipe)


  • 1 Boil the carrots, potatoes and cauliflower (I put all 3 vegetables together in a cooker with sufficient amount of water and 1/2 tsp salt. Pressure cook for one whistle on HIGH heat, then lower heat and cook for another 10 minutes. Allow the pressure of cooker to get released naturally) . Then mash all the vegetables together in a bowl. Keep it aside.(Reserve the water that had been used during cooking the vegetables,we will use it later).
  • 2 In a vessel, add oil. Fry onion till soft. Add the tomatoes, cook till tomatoes turn nice soft and mushy. Add ginger garlic paste. Fry for 2 minutes.
  • 3 Next, add the capsicum. Cook till it turns soft.
  • 4 Add the peas.(i used frozen peas so cooked faster). Cook till peas are done.
  • 5 Mix in the mashed vegetables.
  • 6 Add the chili powder, coriander powder and pav bhaji masala powder. Fry for 2 minutes.
  • 7 Add the reserved vegetable water and additional 2 cups water.Cook on medium flame for 7-10 minutes. Add orange food color, chaat masala and amchur powder.
  • 8 Add the coriander.
  • 9 Serve bhaji with pav, butter , onion and lemon. (Pav have to be toasted on a tawa/skillet with some butter before serving).

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