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Pav Bhaji is a favorite fast food dish in India. Pav is buns and bhaji is the mixed spicy vegetables. This is a very popular dish with roadside vendors.

Recipe will serve 4

Pav Bhaji RecipeIngredients:

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 2 tablespoon finely sliced ginger
  • 3 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed powder (saunf)
  • 2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 6  bread buns

for Garnish:

  • 1 medium chopped tomatoes
  • Few pieces of thinly sliced lemon

Method

  1. Boil all the vegetables potatoes, cauliflower, beans, peas, and beans in about 1 ½ cup of water. Don’t add too much water, just enough to cook.
  2. After the vegetables are soft and tender, drain the excess water and mash them coarsely with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Add tomatoes, green chilies, cilantro, and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes until pasty.
  5. Next add the red chili powder, fennel seed and turmeric, mix it well.
  6. Add mashed vegetables.
  7. Using a spatula, simultaneously mash and stir all the vegetables for 5 minutes.
  8. Add salt and two tablespoons of ghee, stir-fry for another minute.
  9. Add about ¼ cup of water or as needed, and let it cook for a minute.
  10. Turn off the heat.
  11. Add garam masala, and lemon juice, mix it well
  12. Toast the halves bun over a skillet using butter over medium heat until buns are golden brown from both sides.
  13. Serve toasted buns with bhaji (mixed vegetables), garnish with chopped tomatoes and sliced lemon.

Variations:

  1. You can use almost any vegetables to make the bhaji, but keep the potato base. You can also try vegetables such as cabbage, bell pepper, and eggplant.
  2. If you don’t eat potatoes, use green bananas for the base.
  3. For vegan replace the butter with oil.

80 thoughts on “Pav Bhaji

  1. I made this several times. It turned out great. I did add garlic at the time of adding tomatoes, green chillies, ginger etc. I add garlic because it reduces cholesterol.

  2. Recipe turned out delicious. And found nothing lacking even though there was no onion and garlic. Easy and tasty. Tasted just the bhaji we get in road side stalls. Thank You for sharing these recipes.

  3. hiee i seriously loved ur recipe and its simplicity… i just wanted to know can i add pav bhaji masala powder do the recipe ….??? or is it uneccessary???? as they r spices already in the recipe????

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  5. You are the best teacher ever!! Thanks for showing us how to make Pav Bhaji. This is absolutely delicious and I am going to be making this for tomorrow’s dinner. Love you Manjula.

  6. I just wanted to say thank you Manjula! I live abroad and it I did not find bhaji masala anywhere. Then I just started discovered your recipe and my bhaaji was superb!! We all enjoyed it and I look forward to trying other recipes!!

  7. Excellent recipe! Thanks so much, all of your recipes taste super duper great, and are so easy to make! Wonderful work, keep posting more recipes.

  8. Thank you for sharing your recipes Manjula! I think this tastes even better than when I’ve had it at a restaurant. So simple too. I’ve always thought Indian food looked so complicated, but your videos make me fearless :)

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  10. namaste Manjula aunty,
    This is a great recipe…my family loved it.Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you show . They are simple and easy to follow.

  11. Dear Manjula Aunty,

    Thank you very much for this recipe. The pav bhaji came out great, just like the roadside stuff in India.

  12. i loved the preparation, its so easy and fast took 20 minutes totally. awsome…….. what was i doing until now!!!!

  13. Great recipe! it tastes just like the pav bhaji you would get at a restaurant! My husband LOVED it and I will be making it more often. Thank you for the recipe.

  14. Hello Aunty,
    It is a hit food item at my home. Can make my kids eat all sabjiis that way.
    Thankyou.

  15. Hi Manjula Ji,

    I love your cooking and your site is my quick reference for any receipe i want. Many thanks to you for helping us who live away from India. I live in Canada and for me your cooking is a boon. Thanks alot. Keep going.

  16. Hi

    Your reipes are just wonderful.I have a request would you tell us how to prepare falooda sev for kulfi or falooda drink.

  17. Dear Manjulaji, I have learnt to make pav bhaji with your recipe… it is so simple and makes such a delicious meal that now my husband calls me “pav bhaji master” and it’s definitely his favourite dish. Thanks!!!

  18. Hi Manjula aunty, Great Recipie.. I like ur all recipies. I want to ask u one thing, what kind of pav u buy? because here in u.s.a in most of the pav, they have eggwash on top of the pavs.. I m fully vegetarian and don’t eat either egg.. so i feel hesitant before buying breads or pavs.. can u plz let me know what kind of pav u use…?

    1. Hi Swetha, I also just checked out your blog. It looks nice. I’m not too familiar with Andhra food, so it will be interesting to look at your recipes. Are you blogging from India or elsewhere? Jaya

      1. Hi Jaya, I live in California. I am happy that you visited my blog and like it. Keep visiting my blog along with Manjula Aunty’s website. I am trying to blog almost everyday. If you like something you can also leave comments on my blog. Thanks, Swetha.

  19. Delicious! Excellent (and very easy to make) recipe. Serving this on a crusty fresh French baguette instead of buns is a nice way to show off the bhaji.

  20. Hi Manjula Aunty -We are an avid watcher of your receipes and have tried and tested your rceipies in my family and got accolades. I would like to have your receipe of kali Dal and Dal Makahani in your show. Awaiting to hear from you soon.

    Thanks
    Baisakhi
    Mumbai

  21. hi manjulaji,
    ur recipes r simply superb.I tried ur rasgullas,peda …..initially they were nt good bt now I ‘ve expertised in tht and my family enjoys them. thank u and kepp helping us to improve our culnary skills.

  22. hiii manjula aunty ur recipes are very tasty
    i likr them very much
    when my mother cooks ur recipes
    i eat more than family members
    thanks for ur recipes

  23. Hi Manjula, Thank you for your recipes. I love watching your videos and learning from you! I am going to try making the parathas because I like the way they puff up so nicely. I would also like to try making the muthia dumplings. Thank you for being such a good cooking teacher. I will continue watching your videos.

  24. hi! i was just wondering if there is any other name for pav bhaji……………..because i’m not familier with name but i did knew the recipe and i can’t recall the name of the recipe……………
    THNX!!!!

  25. hai aunty

    how r u….i want to say thanks to u.i love ur recipes so much,i already tried masala french fries,simply super.even my loves ur recipes.ur recipes r best in the net.ts very easy to make ur recipes..once again thanks for ur recipes

  26. Dear Manjulaji,
    YOur recipes are v v simple but easy to cook and delicious. I just want to know , are you making only satwik cooking(dishes without onion and garlic).If so i would love to see more recipes from you.Thanks a lot

  27. Hello Manjula, I just have to say that this is one of my favorite recipes of yours. I am so glad that I had your video to watch because I started wondering “Am I cooking this too long? How cooked should my tomato sauce be before I add the veggies?” I must admit, the delicious smell made me a little impatient to start eating but it was so wonderful. Plus, I have lots of lovely leftovers.
    I am vegan, so I used coconut oil instead of ghee for the pav and some margarine instead of butter… that worked quite well.

  28. Good day Manjula, congrations on all the nice dishes and the videos. Your recipes are the best on the net.
    Thank you for sharing them with the world.
    Micheline

  29. hi aunty

    i love ur recipes. thank u. u are simply great. I am only 13 but i love to do cooking. Thanks to u i get to try new recipes. even my mom loves ur recipes. do u live in india. please reply soon.
    Thank you
    Love you

  30. Hi Manjula,
    The Pav Bhaji recipe is excellent. I could not believe myself that i could do this so well.
    Needless to say its all because of your recipe, the clarity with which you give instructions is very nice.
    The video coverage is very well done. My husband was just enjoing the pav bhaji and he was thrilled that i did such a tasty dish
    It was his favourite from long. Thanks to you.
    Kavitha

  31. Hi ManjulaJi

    It is so nice to watch your videos. Tonight I am going to make Pav Bhaji.

    Love you lots.

    Parveen

  32. Hi,
    Great recipe, the whole family loved it, and then went back for seconds. So far alll
    your recipes that I have tried are all family keepers now.
    Thanks for the demo and all the love that goes into the food
    Fiona

  33. Hi manjula auntie
    u r recpies are so much easy and tasty i did lot of recpies following u r direction they come out very taste now i want make RAGDA PATTIES u will post this video recipe for me auntie
    very thankfull for u r work ,this is really u make every familly so mauch happy for helping to make delicious dishes we can serve our familly my son says that was cool yammy mommy so i want say thanks to u auntie

  34. Thank you very much Manjula aunty for all your recipes. After I tried your recipes for Rajma, pav bhaji, chole tikki, gajar halwa and some more, my husband now always tells me when I make some new things–” Manjula ben ni recipe thi karyu ne ? to to saras j hashe” means ” if you have used Manjula aunty’s recipes, it will surely taste very good”. sometimes I feel like you are one of our family member (like my mother or my aunty), whenever I need to cook something, I just refer ur site and then move forward. Thanks for making me so confident now in cooking.

  35. I loved the video on youtube about roti making by Manjula.
    I did notice that the measurements seem off.
    Am I wrong or did I misunderstand?

    Thanks for writing back.

    Please forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this inquiry.

  36. hai aunty,
    why didn’t u use pavbhaji masala? i have trust on ur recipies still i’m eager to know the reason.thanku.

    1. If you read the ingredient list on the paubhaji masala box, it’s almost just like garam masala, saunf, and lemon juice. I made it this way for the first time without using the paubhaji masala and it came out really good. I was not sure, but I just gave a shot.

      Also, I sauteed chopped onions in the beginning of the recipe because I do eat them and it came out great.

      1. hai jaya,
        thank u for ur reply.after u have said,i’ve seen the ingredients on pavbhaji masala.Exactly the same ingredients.Anyway,aunty is doing a great job.

  37. Looks yummy! Thanks for posting another great recipe. Would you please tell me where I can buy a pan like the one you use for cooking the tomato and spice mixture in this video?

    1. This is a wok by Calphalon. If you are in the US, you can check any large department store or specialty cooking stores. You can also Google “Calphalon” and order it on-line.

  38. Hi Anunty,

    I have posted many qurries before but no luck on my request, this time can you plz teach us how to
    make HABSHI HALWA, its dark brown and very soft, i hope you fullfill my receipe this time

    Regards
    Sandho

    1. Sandho,
      Aunty receive many, many requests for different recipes. Please be patient and don’t take it personally if she cannot reply to your specific request.
      Jaya

  39. Nice recipe. I think you should cook the vegetables in a pressure cooker. Vegetables lose their nutrients when you put them in boiling water.

    1. You can cook vegetables without a pressure cooker too in a steamer mesh and lid on the pot. The water level is below the mesh so the vegetables cook by steam.

      You can use a pressure cooker so long as the vegetables don’t overcook and get too mushy.

  40. Hello Aunty,
    What an excellent demonstration!!! Your demo always gives an impression that its very easy and gives us confidence that this won’t go wrong. The way you serve is mouth watering. Every video of yours shows your dedication and experience and flawless making of things. I wish you cook for a long time and make people happy.

  41. Dear Manjula Auntie,
    You are awesome :-).
    My teenage daughter doesn’t like the taste of onion and garlic so she wants me to cook using your recipes and the dishes I make always turn out better than the original ones!!
    Lots of best wishes to you and your fans………

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