Pav Bhaji

One of the most indelibly joyful moments of any mother would be watching her children enjoying the healthy food prepared by her. Serving home-made whole wheat pav bread with mixed vegetables curry (bhaji) to my family is one such moment that I wish to cherish forever. If we serve oven-fresh flavorful pav breads with delectable bhaji to our children, then there is no need for them to visit an eatery for a plateful of high caloric pav bhaji which is a major cause of juvenile obesity nowadays.

IMG_3503-2 Pav Bhaji
Homemade pav bread with spicy bhaji

Pav bhaji, one of the most popular street food in Mumbai, is also popular among the children across India. So we can make delicious restaurant-style bhaji easily at home and serve it with bread, chapathi, roti, or rice.

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Let’s look into the recipe for bhaji usually served as a side for pav breads. You may also click here to find my recipe for whole wheat pav bread.

Vegetable bhaji recipe:


Time taken: 30 min.
Yields: 3 cups (600 ml)

IMG_3394 Pav Bhaji
Healthy bhaji recipe

Ingredients:

  1. Any neutral oil – 2 tsp
  2. Onion – 1 No.
  3. Tomatoes – 2 Nos.
  4. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder – Β½ tsp
  6. Vegetables:
    • Potato – 1 No.
    • Beetroot – 1 No. (used for its deep red color)
    • Capsicum – 1 No.
    • Carrot – 1 No.
    • Cauliflower florets – a few
    • Fresh peas – a handful
  7. Salt – 1 tsp
  8. Pav bhaji masala – Β½ tsp ( I used Everest brand)
  9. Butter – 1 tsp

For the spice mix:

  1. Ginger – 1 inch piece
  2. Garlic – 5 Nos.

For garnishing:

  1. Chopped coriander leaves
  2. Onion rings
  3. Boiled peas
  4. Butter

Cooking instructions:

  • Wash vegetables, chop them into small chunks and keep aside.
  • Chop onion & tomatoes finely and keep aside.
pre Pav Bhaji
  • Grind ginger & garlic into a paste after adding little water.
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  • Heat a pressure cooker with neutral oil in medium flame.
  • Add chopped onion and saute until translucent.
  • Grind ginger & garlic after adding some water.
  • Add tomatoes followed by ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder & turmeric powder and sautΓ© until tomatoes turned mushy.
  • Then add chopped vegetables and mix well.
  • Pour water (150 ml) and add salt into the cooker.
  • Pressure cook the vegetables (simmer for 10 min. after bringing to high pressure).
  • When the pressure is released, mash cooked vegetables using potato masher.
  • Add pav bhaji masala and mix well.
  • Pour hot water (50 ml) and bring it to a boil.
  • Add butter and turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onion rings & boiled peas before serving.
pb Pav Bhaji

Recipe note:

I have added beetroot along with other vegetables in this recipe, it is really useful for adding a beautiful golden color to this dish.

How to serve pav bhaji:

First we need to toast the pav bread with butter, and serve it with vegetable bhaji, chopped onion and a wedge of lemon.

srv Pav Bhaji

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  1. Looks great! I’m going to try it this weekend. The details in each of the pictures show your passion for cooking and sharing!!

    1. Pav bhaji masala is so flavorful but not as pungent as Goda masala. It is a mildly spiced & pleasantly flavored masala liked by everyone, hope you could very well source this as well !

  2. Mouth watering! This I learnt to make after my son started school. I realized that he relished this tangy taste and aromatic flavor and the presence of all veggies mashed up together helped getting it all into his system too.

    1. Thanks ! I feel envy for Mumbaikars like you who can just drop into a nearby eatery there to enjoy authentic pav bhaji !! πŸ™‚

  3. Like the idea of adding Beet to the recipe for the deep red color. Thanks dear for sharing this.!!!

      1. Hey, wanted to tell you that I made Paav Bhaji Yesterday and this time I used your tip to add beet for color, It came out great.and the color was just like we get from the restaurant. Thank you dear for sharing this.

    1. Hey, wanted to tell you that I made Paav Bhaji Yesterday and this time I used your tip to add beet for color, It came out great.and the color was just like we get from the restaurant. Thank you dear for sharing this.

  4. Mouth watering. I am so going to follow you for mouth watering recipes.
    I am relatively new to blogging. Love it when I come across blogs and posts like that of yours.
    Just 3 posts old here. I am working on a series of 5 and the 4th post is on the way here.Would be glad if you could drop by my blog.

  5. I love Pav bhaji and was actually looking for a recipe to make at home! Perfect timing and def should try yours, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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