Pav Bhaji recipe, How to make Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe | Mumbai Street Food

Mumbai Pav Bhaji is one of Mumbai’s hottest selling fast food and street food! I am pleased to share Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe. I have vivid memories of eating chats on juhu beach with sand dunes, cool breeze, lovely sea waves, people and the chats stalls. My mom used to take me and my sis to juhu beach almost every month. The way I use to stare at the guy making chats. Also anxiously wait for my turn to eat them! lols…Hmmm I am hungry again with this word chat;)… Also this is my old post which I have replaced with new pics and new look.

Mumbai Pav Bhaji

My dad wanted to eat pav bhaji and my friend Swasti Arya also had requested to make Pav Bhaji! So yesterday was the day we made it. It’s one of the most simplest dishes to make on earth. The best part was my dad, mom and my pet loved it. You got to add loads of butter in pav bhaji that too amul brand. I am just kidding you can add butter as per your preference and brand. However I like my pav bhaji with Utterly Butterly Delicious Amul Butter.

Across all streets and corners of Mumbai you will find pav bhaji stalls. Even while you clubbing late in the night. There are some stall and vendors who sell these delicious pav bhaji during the wee hours of night. What more can a person ask for?…. Most of people in Mumbai also eat pav bhaji as meals during lunch Or dinner. As pav bhaji tends to be a heavy snack. It also depends how many pavs you gulp with the bhaji….

I have used basic vegetables used for pav bhaji. I have tried authentic Mumbai – Juhu Beach Cheese pav bhaji. It was super yum and mouthwatering.

Calorie conscious people could eat pav bhaji but with moderate amount of butter. As without butter pav bhaji will not taste that great. I want to finish this post quickly as I wish everyone to make pav bhaji home and eat them :)

Check some other Mumbai street food like cutting chai, keema, cold coffee, nimbu pani masala omelette, ragdapatties, sabudana vada and sabudana khichdi.

Mumbai Pav Bhaji recipe details below:

Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe
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Mumbai Pav Bhaji is a popular street food from Mumbai. It's yummy and made with mashed veggies.
Recipe type: Side, main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3 to 4 people
Ingredients (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
Ingredient for Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe:
  • 1 t/s cumin seed (jeera)optional
  • 2 finely chopped onion (kanda)
  • 1 capsicum finely chopped
  • 3 fresh tomatoes chopped finely or pureed (tamatar)
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 3 green chilies chopped (hari mirch)
  • 75 gms green peas boiled (matar)
  • 1 carrot (gajar) boiled and mashed (optional)
  • 3 potatoes boiled and mashed (aloo, batata)
  • ½ cup coriander leaves (kothmir)
  • ¼ t/s turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 t/s ginger-garlic paste (adrak-lasun)
  • 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala Everest brand ( I added 4 tbsp as I wanted more)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 t/s red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 t/s amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • 2 tbsp chat masala
  • 1 lime juice
  • 2 tbsp butter ( I have used 4 tbsp butter)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • rock salt as per taste
  • ½ cup water or veg stock
For Masala Pav/ Masala Bun
  • 8 laadi pav Or buns
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • few chopped onion
  • few chopped coriander leaves
  1. Firstly make fresh laadi pavs/buns at home Or buy from market.
  2. It’s important to boil potatoes, peas, cauliflower before making pav bhaji. Once they are boiled mash these veggies with your hand Or fork.
  3. For tomato puree- Chop tomatoes and blend them in a processor. Once the mixture is smooth your tomato puree is ready. There is no need to blanch the tomatoes. Just chop and blend that’s it. Alternatively you could use finely chopped tomatoes.
  4. Chop all veggies like onion, green chilies, capsicum and coriander leaves. Keep everything ready.
  5. Take a saucepan add oil+butter.
  6. Now saute cumin seeds if using for a minute. Add chopped onion, capsicum and green chilies along with sugar. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Also add little rock salt and stir well.
  7. Now add ginger-garlic paste to it. Mix all nicely.
  8. It’s time to add tomato puree. Add all spices like turmeric, red chili powder, chat masala, pav bhaji masala, amchur powder, few drops of lime juice. Combine everything nicely for 3 to 4 mins.
  9. Put all mashed veggies like potatoes, caulifower, carrots and peas. Add veg stock / water as consistency required.
  10. Let the bhaji simmer for 4 to 5 mins. Finally add rock salt and reserved lime juice.
  11. Taste and check is anything is missing. If you want more spicy add dash of red chili powder, if want more tangy then add lime juice.
  12. Top the pav bhaji with dollop of butter and squeeze some more lime juice. Garnish with coriander leaves and onion.
For Masala Bun/ Pav:
  1. Take the pav and slit in the center of the pav. Keep a pan on low heat. Add 1 tbsp butter along with pav bhaji masala. Fry both sides of pav into this. Just slightly fry them don’t burn them.
  2. Stuff the pav with few onions and coriander leaves. Some people also like to stuff pav bhaji into masala pav and eat. It’s upto you how you like to eat your pav bhaji.
  3. I like my pav bhaji topped with butter, some chopped onions and chopped lime. Along with hot buttered pavs. For accompaniment I would love to eat onion-tomato salad and Fried Papad.
  4. Serve the pav bhaji with masala pav hot along some chopped onion.
1.Add veggies of your choice like aubergines, carrots, peas, capsicum.
2.You could also top your pav bhaji with grated cheese. That's your cheese pav bhaji
3.I have used everest brand for pav bhaji masala. You could use any good brand.


  1. Jatin Tejwani says

    I Love Mumbai Pav Bhaji
    And I Like Ur Recipe
    I Will Try Ur Recipe Tmmro
    Its Looking Very Awesome uuummmm!!!
    thank u for sharing us ur great recipe
    ok bye thank u……

  2. sunita says

    Hi darling Maria

    After 7 months, I am writing to you.

    Hows life and hws everything at your end.

    I made this last 2 weeks ago and again making Cheese Pav Bhaji today for Dinner. I tell you Maria, its tasting awesome. All yr fans and readers should try to make both your versions, its simply dellllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiioooooooooooouusss.

    Thanks for the mouth-watering recipe.

    One request I want you to make Garlic Chicken. As I only depend on your blog.

    Lv U and tk care.


    • says

      Hey Sunita I am good hope all is well at your end too. You were missing from a long time. I am happy you liked the cheese pav bhaji and mumbai pav bhaji too. You are welcome :) Which kind of garlic chicken you looking at?? Indian, Chinese or western?? lemme know….take care


  3. says

    Paav Bhaji is like a synonym for mumbai, no !? :) even when I did not know about Poha, Usal etc.. I knew that Vada Paav and Paav Bhaajhi is all that Mumbaiakers eat :P

    Never heard of adding Aubergines though to the bhaaji.. will try soon

  4. says

    This looks like a wonderfully diverse dish which would be good for using up spare vegetables. I love that you have re-photographed it. I have done that to some of my earlier posts that looked really bad too.

    • maria says

      Thanks Arwa yes you could include capsicum as well. I don’t like capsicum hence didn’t add them nut you can :) thanks for trying!

    • maria says

      Hmmm thanks for the reminder I have been thinking of posting noodles recipe from a long time but not posted yet….which kind of noodles you like to eat?

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