If there is one dish which my mom prepares on the first day I land in India, it is Pav Bhaji. She makes the World’s best Bhaji and that is what I have learnt from her 😉 Pav Bhaji has been so dear to me that I decided to find out its origins. Wiki nicely explains how Pav Bhaji proved to be a quick replacement for phulka subji combination for the heyday Textile Mill workers in Bombay (now Mumbai). Another interesting article Destructing the Pav Bhaji offers different meanings for the word Pav – one-fourth in Hindi, bread in Portuguese, or because in yester years bakers kneaded with pav (feet) ?

Chopped vegetables: Carrots, Beans, Potato, Cauliflower, Peas, Pepper

Halved and stacked Pavs aka buns

Bhaji with extra butter

  • Preparation Time: 25 min
  • Cooking Time: 20 min
  • Recipe Level:  Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Source: Mummy
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Pav buns or Dinner rolls
  • 1-2 block of butter
  • 2-3 medium sized Thai chillies
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 tomato
  • 1 potato
  • 2 carrots
  • 8-10 beans
  • 1 Capsicum or Pepper
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Half cauliflower
  • Half cup peas
  • Coriander or cilantro
  • Tomato puree – 15 oz Contadina or Hunt Puree can or equivalent
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp of Pav Bhaji masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh lemon or equivalent
  • Pressure cook all the cut vegetables except onion and tomato and keep aside to cool
  • Heat khadai or pan and add a small scoop of butter
  • Add green chillies and follow by onions (don’t saute them completely)
  • Add tomato; mix and then add the puree.
  • Add red chilly powder, pav bhaji masala and a dash of lemon
  • Use potato masher to mash the cooker contents.
  • Now pour the pressure cooker contents into the kadhai
  • Add salt and another spoonful of pav bhaji masala. Mix well.
  • Spoon the gravy until a thick consistency is formed and the vegetables are inseparable. 
  • Put out the gas and lid the kadhai to let the gravy settle.

Garnish using cilantro. And serve hot with buns, chopped onions and extra butter 🙂

Bhaji served with Pav and chopped onions

Mad Notes:
  • Add less water to vegetable to pressure cook
  • Don’t add any water to the gravy while cooking
  • Update: Added new set of pictures 08/09/2012