Pav Bhaji

by 10:33 AM 16 comments

Amongst all the chaat, Pav bhaji is my favorite. Well it's healthy too if you avoid much butter and have whole wheat buns. In fact my mom feed me all the vegetables through pav bhaji only and now I have started liking all the vegetables which usually I hated in my childhood.

This dish can be a secret weapon for all the mothers whose child just hate pumpkin,bottle guard,ridge guard.Well the original recipe of famous Mumbai pav bhaji has more flavors of potato,tomato and onion only,but I think we can have any vegetable substitution,it goes very well with this dish.


For The Chilli-garlic Paste
5 to 6 whole dry Kashmiri Red Chillies , Deseeded
8 to 10 cloves Garlic(Lehsun), roughly chopped

For the Bhaji
2 medium size Potatoes
1/2 cup Green/Yellow Capsicum
1/2 cup Carrots
1 cup Cauliflower
1/2 cup Peas
1/2 cup French Beans
1 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup Bottle guard(optional)
1/2 cup Ridge guard(optional)
1 cup Tomatoes
1 cup Onions
2 tbsp Butter/Oil
1tbsp Cumin Seeds
2 tsp Chilli powder
1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
3 tbsp Pav bhaji Bhaji Masala
Salt to taste
2 cups Water

For Serving
1 cup finely chopped Onions
4 Lemon wedges
8 Pav
4 tsp Butter

For The Garnish
4 tbsp chopped Coriander (Dhania)
1/2 cup grated Paneer


1.     Rinse all the vegetables well.
2.     For chilli garlic paste, soak the red chillies in enough warm water for at least an hour.
3.     Peel potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, Bottle guard, ridge guard, onions.
4.     Chop and pressure cook all the vegetables by adding (2 cups water+1 tbsp turmeric+1 tbsp salt) with 5-6 whistle, except tomatoes, onions and peas.
5.     If you want you can pressure cook peas also with vegetables, but I like them to add from    top ,to give a nice color to dish. While cooking peas add 1/2 tsp of sugar also to have their sweet taste intact and after cooking don't forget to rinse them in cold water to keep their bright green color.
6.     Until vegetables cooking,drain the chillies which you have dipped in water, add the peeled garlic and blend in a mixer till smooth, adding little water. Keep aside.
7.     Finely chop tomatoes and onions also.
8.     In a pan, add butter/oil.
9.     When the butter melts, add cumin seeds.
10.  When they sizzle, add the chilli garlic paste & chopped onions.
11.  Saute the onions till they become translucent or the raw aroma of the garlic paste disappears.
12.  Add the tomatoes and fry them about 6 to 7 minutes on low flame till they become soft and mush,and start releasing the sides.
13.  Now add the red chilly powder,and pav bhaji masala.
14.  Combine the pressure cooked vegetables with the masala,add water and combine everything well. Season with salt.
15.  With a potato masher, mash the veggies directly in the pan or you can mash them before adding to the masala also.
16.  When all vegetables are properly dissolved ,then add cooked peas and let the bhaji simmer for 12 to 15 minutes on a low flame.
17.  Check the consistency of bhaji it should neither very thick nor thin.
18.  Check the taste. Add salt, pav bhaji masala, red chili powder or butter if required.
19.  For garnishing add chopped coriander,few drops of lime juice and paneer cubes at the top.
20.  While serving ,add butter if you are not fitness freak.
21.  Serve with buttered pavs and chopped onions.
22.  Your Pav Bhaji is ready.

 For the Pav

1.     Slit 2 pavs vertically and keep aside.
2.     Heat a griddle, add 2 tsp of butter and slit open the pavs and place on it.
3.     Cook on a medium flame till they turn light brown and crisp on both the sides. (add more butter if required).

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karen said...

This looks so good will have to try it. THanks for sharing. Stopping by from #MeanderingMondays

Ritu Sharma said...

Thanks Karen :)

Maria Brittis said...

You have such delicious recipe, so amazing and healthy! thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday, hope to see you again this thursday night

Ritu Sharma said...

Thanku so much Maria Brittis for such a kind appreciation.

Sue Loncaric said...

This looks so delicious and I think the instructions and photos look great. Thanks for sharing with us at #anythinggoes

Rocket Looks said...

Thanku so much Sue Loncaric for always stopping by and appreciating me :)

Glenda said...

I will have to try this as I might actually be able to get my family to eat things that would be good for them for a change.

Glenda said...

Looks pretty tasty thank for sharing.

Rocket Looks said...

Thanku Glenda for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

From Evija with Love said...

This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

Helen Fern said...

Wow - this looks really good! Thanks for sharing on What's for Dinner Sunday!

Rocket Looks said...

That is so sweet of you Evija.
Thanks Helen :-)

April J Harris said...

Your Pav Bhaji looks delicious! I like all the healthy ingredients and delicious flavours. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Have followed you on Google +. Have a lovely weekend!

Debra Clark said...

What a delicious looking dish! Thank you again for stopping by and sharing gTry a Bite Tuesday - hope to see you back this week!

Raising Samuels said...

This looks delicious! Thank you for taking the time to write out all the steps and post the yummy pictures. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday. Hope to see you link up again this week :)

Rocket Looks said...

Thanku April, Debra and Samuels. You guys too have great blog. Hope you had great weekend ahead,