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Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a popular street snack in Mumbai that consists of butter-laced dinner rolls topped with spicy mashed veggies, raw onion, and butter.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time30 mins
Course: Brunch, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Keyword: Maharashtrian Recipes, Street Food Recipes
Yield: 4 people
Author: Amrita


For Bhaji

  • 1 cup Cauliflower florets, blanched and later boiled
  • 2 no Potatoes, boiled and mashed medium
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • ½ cup Capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2 no Onion, finely chopped medium
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
  • 10 pods Garlic, finely chopped
  • cup Tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • a pinch Food Color (Red) (if you are using liquid color few drops)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 tablespoon Refined Oil

For Pav

  • 6-8 nos Ladi Pav
  • 3 tablespoon Butter


  • ½ cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Lemon, cut into 4 pieces


Making of Bhaji

  • Heat butter and refined oil together in a pan and add cumin seeds.
  • Next add chopped onion and garlic. Stir till they are translucent.
  • After that add capsicum and stir for few minutes.
  • Chopped tomato goes next in to pan and cook until the raw smell disappears.
  • Next add the dry spices including salt pav bhaji masala powder, red chili powder, food color and cook for few minutes.
  • Now add the boiled vegetables (cauliflower, potato, green peas). Add little water and cook for sometime.
  •  Take a masher and mash all the vegetables along with masala. Adjust the salt.
  • Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and ready to serve with pav.

Preparation of Pav

  • Slit 2 pavs vertically and keep aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or pan, add 2 tsp of butter and slit open the pavs and place on it.
  • Cook until they turn light brown and crisp on both the sides.


  • In a plate, keep the bhaji masala, 2 pavs and serve it along with chopped onion and lemon wedges. Top the bhaji masala with little butter (optional).


You can also avoid cauliflower if you do not like. You can add your choice of vegetables like carrot or beans however it is very important to mash the used vegetables completely. At times carrots are not so soft and does not mix with the bhaji. Similarly, beans has fiber strand which might cause the fibrous taste in the bhaji. So addition of these vegetables are fine however, there will be taste difference for sure.