Pav Bhaji Recipe - Easy Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji

A delicious combination of Pav (bread rolls) and Bhaji (Vegetable gravy) forms an iconic dish from Mumbai. Pav Bhaji finds its origin in Mumbai and could be easily termed as one of the most popular dishes. It can be served in lunch, dinner and works as a perfect party food. I also found this to be the best way to make my daughter eat some veggies. She relishes Pav Bhaji. 

Mumbai style pav bhaji recipe

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji is an Indian food lover's dream. It is an easy to make combination of a spicy curry made up of mixed vegetables cooked in a special blend of spices. It is served with pav preferably shallow fried in butter. This post provides step by step guide to prepare Mumbai street style Pav Bhaji at home. Enjoy this irresistible and mouthwatering dish at home!


Potatoes chopped 3 to 4 medium sized

Onions finely chopped 2 to 3 medium sized

Tomatoes finely chopped 3 to 4 medium sized

Carrot finely chopped 1/3 cup

French Beans chopped 1/3 cup

Cauliflower finely chopped 1/3 cup

Peas 1 tablespoon

Capsicum 1/3 cup

Ginger garlic paste 1 teaspoon

Green chillies paste 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder 1/3 teaspoon

Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

Cumin seed powder 1/3 teaspoon

Garam masala ¼ teaspoon

Pav bhaji powder 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Butter 3 tablespoon

Oil 2 tablespoon

Ghee 2 tablespoon

For garnish


Lemon wedge

Onions chopped

Coriander leaves chopped


Preparation steps for Pav Bhaji

Take a pressure cooker and heat it on medium flame. Add potatoes, cauliflower, French beans, peas and carrot. Add two pinches of turmeric, salt to taste and two cups of water to the vegetables. Pressure cook for 3 or 4 whistles.

Let the pressure cooker cool down completely then mash the veggies and if required add water to it.

Take a pan or kadhai on medium heat, add oil, ghee and chopped onions. Sauté till it turns transparent in colour. Add tomatoes and capsicum to it.

Now add ginger garlic paste, green chilli paste and butter to it, then sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add spices to it and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, then add mashed veggies to the prepared mixture and simmer for 15 minutes.

Check the consistency of the pav bhaji then accordingly add water if required. Keep it on slow simmer for 10 minutes.

Apply butter on the pav and toast them on a pan.

Pav bhaji is ready to serve with dollop of butter on bhaji, chopped onions and a slice of lemon!

Pav Bhaji recipe

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