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May 6, 2009

Pav Bhaji Recipe | Street style | Mumbai Street Food Recipes

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Pav bhaji is a worldwide popular street food originated from Mumbai, India. I prepared it for the first time yesterday and it was a super hit. It came out very well. I took this recipe from a cooking manual and made some changes by watching Mumbai street style pavbhaji YouTube videos.

Sendhil & Raksha loved it a lot and told me to make the same next day too for dinner. It was awesome in taste when had with chopped raw onions. Its a great evening snack recipe for kids. Even bachelors can try this as it has no grinding jobs. I am sure the smell of this pavbhaji masala makes everyone crave for it. Do try this for your kids & Husband after they are back home. U will get appraisals for sure. Ok, lets see how to make this Mumbai special pav bhaji at home easily. 


Mumbai special Pav bhaji recipe

Mumbai special Pav bhaji recipe Mumbai famous street food - Pav bhaji recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


For Bhaji
  • 1 cup chopped mixed vegetables (carrot, cauliflower )
  • 2 nos - medium sized Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup green peas
To saute
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 big onions chopped fine
  • 2 tomatoes chopped fine
  • 1/2 capsicum chopped fine
  • 1 small green chilli chopped finely
  • 1 tsp - G&G paste
  • 2-3 tsp - Pavbhaji masala (I used MDH masala)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp chilli powder (adjust)
  • 1/4 tsp- turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp - sugar
  • Kasoori methi – a pinch (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water or vegetable broth (use according to the thickness of the bhaji)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon.
To Garnish
  • 1 tbsp coriander chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • small pieces of lemon
For Pav
  • 6 pavs (squarish soft buns )
  • Butter to toast.

    For bhaji
    • Wash and chop the vegetables. Pressure cook mixed vegetables and peas till well mashed for 4-5 whistles. Mash them well using a ladle/masher or hands after draining the water. Reserve the broth/vegetable water.
    • Heat butter in a pan. Add finely chopped onion, capsicum, chilli, ginger garlic paste and saute for few minutes. Add tomatoes and saute till mushy. 
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    • Fry for 2-3 minutes till tomato turns mushy. Add pavbhaji masala, chilli powder, turmeric, salt, sugar and cooked vegetables. Fry further 2-3 minutes (for less spice skip green chilli & use 1/2 tsp chilli pwd). 
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    • Add the reserved vegetable broth & bring to boil. Simmer till gravy is thick, stirring and mashing the masala in between. Lastly add crushed kasoori methi, lemon juice. Stir & switch off the flame immediately. 
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    • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
    For Pavs
    • Slit pavs horizontally leaving one edge attached. (like an open book).
    • Apply butter (as desired) and roast open on a tawa till hot and soft with the surface crisp on open side.
         Serve hot with bhaji, a wedge of lemon and chopped onions.

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    Enjoy !

  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste buds.
  • U must add pavbhaji masala to get the real taste. Else you can add garam masala powder & little aamchoor powder but you have to compromise with the taste.
  • Add finely chopped coriander  leaves for garnishing.
  • Mashing the vegetable well is the key here to resemble mumbai street style pavbhaji.
  • Adding carrot & beans is optional. U can use cauliflower, potatoes & peas alone.

Yummy pav bhaji is ready to relish with Tea !

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chef and her kitchen said...

pav bhaji is my fav too..nice colour gal..

sathya said...

Pav bhaji looks very delicious & tempting.

jayasree said...

Bhaji looks creamy and has a lovely color. Why don't you send this to pallavi's sunday snacks-Chaats event.

Unknown said...

looks so deliciious..just like the chaat corners..yumm..

Sharmila said...

Looks so good! Have never tried making it .. just step out when feel like having this. :-)

Chitra said...

Thanku all foodies:)

Parita said...

Pav Bhaji looks delicious..i want some right now :)

FH said...

My fave snack to have, I even make it for dinner! Looks delicious! :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Nice photos Chitra...I love this as evening dinner, my favorite. Thanks for sharing the facts about yeast. I used to wonder if yeast is good for health. Now I can use them without all the guilt :)

kittymatti said...

super, super, super!! Great pic.. feel like eating it now!

Pooja said...

I love Pav bhaji and yours look delicious! Feel like grabbing it right out of the pic!

Ashwini said...

Yum my favourite for snack or lunch or dinner:-). Looks yummmm

Finla said...

I want to grab that plate from the last pic, looks so temptinly delicous.

ARUNA said...

wow this looks fantastic!!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! fanatstic very yummy !!

Anonymous said...

looks very yummy! Excellent!

Suparna said...

Hi Chitra,
Ur blog looks lovely :)
Paav baaji looks super yummy, can have it at any time of the day :) very filling and tasty.nice pics.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

This is one of my favorite. Very yummy.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Chitra, pav bhajji looks amzing and very tempting... I love this, my all time fav...

Pooja said...

Yummy pav chitra..your template is looking nice..

Priya Suresh said...

Anytime am ready to have pav bhaji, makes me hungry!

Vani said...

pav bhaji is one of my favorite street foods. looks delicious, Chitra!

Ammu said...

This reminds my college days. We often have this in gangotri.

chow and chatter said...

looks good, love your clinic box!, west yorkshire - caught my eye as a Brit!

Poornima Nair said...

Looks delicious...I used to stuff myself with this in Mumbai.

Sree vidya said...

Good work Chitra!
ur new template looks cool.

Chitra said...

Thanku all dearies;)

Vikis Kitchen said...

Pav bhaji in first attempt looks perfect, just like the one we get in Chennai. yummy.

Renuka said...

wow..pav bhaji looks perfect..

Myvegfare said...

lovely bhaji, looks yummy........, love it always....., i do it quite often as its childrens favourite dish !!, good for u that u did it.....ur a great cook dear......

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh yummm gave me some hard hunger pangs now..:P..n the new lay out is pretty neat..:)

Tangled Noodle said...

The pavs look so good but the bhaji looks like it would be delicious on rice, too!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

looks yummy! can u send it over :)

Sanghi said...

yummy chitra.. Good template change!

AnuSriram said...

Yummy pav bhaji... Looks tempting!

Nithiyas Kitchen said...

Lovely colour and excellent presentation.

learn kolam said...

chitra.very detailed presentation .More queries &followers u can expect soon.

Chitra said...

Thank u Uncle :)