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Instant Pav Bhaji | Mumbai Street Food |Vegetarian Fast Food | How to make Pav Bhaji


Friends, Mumbai's all-time favourite street food can be prepared at home with the pressure cooker in no time. This is a quick meal for the hungry kids back from school. Try this and please don't forget to comment, like, share & SUBSCRIBE to my channel Curry for the Soul on YouTube for more such easy and delicious recipes.

What started as a necessity of providing a nice hot meal for the poor man on the street is relished by one and all and is served in all Indian restaurants.

Pav Bhaji is a simple and easy meal especially when you are tired after work or on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Assorted veggies like cauliflower, green peas, capsicum, tomatoes and potatoes are boiled and mashed on a large griddle (I have used the pressure cooker for boiling the vegetables and have used a deep pan instead of the griddle) and flavoured with the magical spice mix called Pav Bhaji Masala Powder which is readily available in all Indian grocery stores.

The onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies enhances the flavour of the vegetables. Butter is the star ingredient of this Pav Bhaji recipe. More the BUTTER it tastes BETTER.

This is the best recipe to feed the fussy kids who don't like vegetables as they can't see them in the dish because all veggies are mashed and blended together. And kids love anything with butter.

Pav is a baked Indian bread roll which goes very well with this exotic dish. Toast the pav with melted butter along with some Kashmiri chilli powder and Pav Bhaji masala powder for that extra zing.

Serve hot Pav Bhaji garnished with some fresh coriander leaves, a dollop of butter and some chopped onions and lemon wedges.


Prep time: 5 mins. Cook time: 10 mins. Total time: 15 mins.

Author: Curry for the Soul

Recipe Type: Vegetarian delight

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 12


  • 12 laddi pavs

  • 2 cups potatoes

  • 2 cups cauliflower

  • 1 cup green peas

  • 1 capsicum, chopped

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 1 tbsp ginger

  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic

  • 2 green chillies, chopped

  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala powder

  • 2 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder

  • 1 cup vegetable stock/water

  • 4 tbsp coriander leaves, cut finely

  • Butter for toasting the pavs and for the bhaji

  • 1 lemon cut into wedges


  1. In a pressure cooker, add potatoes, cauliflower & green peas with 1 tsp salt and cook just for 1 whistle

  2. Immediately place the cooker under running water to cool and open the cooker

  3. Mash the cooked vegetables with a potato masher and keep aside.

  4. In a deep pan heat 1 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter

  5. Add chopped onions, 1/4 tsp salt and saute the onions until golden brown

  6. Add the green chillies, ginger, garlic and saute for 2 minutes

  7. Now add the chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp salt, stir, cover and cook on low flame until tomatoes are soft

  8. Add the chopped capsicum and stir

  9. Add 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder and 1 1/2 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala powder and stir

  10. Add the mashed veggies and vegetable stock to make the desired consistency bhaji

  11. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes.

  12. Check and adjust the seasoning and switch off the flame

  13. Sprinkle some coriander leaves on the baji

  14. In a non-stick pan heat 2 tbsp butter

  15. Add 1 tsp each Kashmiri chilli powder and Pav Bhaji masala powder and mix well with the butter

  16. Slit the pavs vertically and toast them over very low flame until they are crisp

  17. Serve Pav Bhaji with a dollop of butter, Masala Pav, some chopped onions and lemon wedges

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