Pav Bhaji recipe Mumbai Style with step by step photos. 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 chaat;)…
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 the 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 on 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 a 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 🙂 This is almost the same way the stalls at Juhu make their pav-bhaji 🙂This is almost the same way the stalls at Juhu make their pav-bhaji.
How to make Pav bhaji recipe step by step:
1. Pressure cook the potatoes, green peas and cauliflower until soft and tender. Take a heavy bottomed pan place on high heat. Add little butter once pan is hot add chopped capsicum to it.
2. Keep stirring once capsicum is softened add little water to it.
3. Now mash them with the help of a masher.
4. Add chopped tomatoes and boiled veggies Keep stirring and allow them to cook for 2-3 mins.
5. Also, add ginger-garlic paste and a cup of water.
6. Saute for 2 mins once tomatoes are cooked, mash all of them with the help of masher.
7. Also, add a tbsp of butter. Cook until oil separates from the bhaji.
8. Take a different pan add 1 tbsp butter.
9. Add chopped onion and saute until it changes to pale brown color.
10. Now add the pav bhaji masala, kashmiri a red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi, pinch of asafoetida (hing) and salt.
11. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Add a little water if the onions are getting too dry.
12. Transfer this mixture to the cooking bhaji.
13. Now mix all nicely. Add black salt for seasoning. Check the consistency add water if required and alter any spices if required. Cook until bhaji bubbles switch off the gas. I don’t have a pic for this one. Squeeze some lime juice and chat masala. Mix all nicely. I don’t have a pic for this one.
15. Serve cheese pav bhaji with dollop of butter, chopped onion, coriander leaves and lemon wedges. Also don’t forget to serve the buttered masala pav’s.
Check some other Mumbai street food like cutting chai, keema, cold coffee, nimbu pani, masala omelette, ragdapatties, sabudana vada and sabudana khichdi.
Pav Bhaji recipe card below:
- 1 tbsp oil + 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp cumin seed (optional)
- 1 big green capsicum diced into small cubes and de -seeded
- 1 cup water
- 4 medium sized tomatoes
- 4 medium sized potatoes boiled and mashed
- ½ cup green peas boiled
- 1 cup cauliflower florets boiled (optional)
- 1.5 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 2 onions finely chopped
- 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala powder
- 1 and ¼th tbsp kashmiri red chili powder or as required
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tbsp chat masala
- a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- few chopped coriander leaves
- 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
- some lemon wedges for garnish
- some chopped onion for garnish
- black salt as per taste
- Pressure cook the potatoes, green peas and cauliflower until soft and tender.
- Take a heavy bottomed pan place on high heat. Add little butter once pan is hot add chopped capsicum to it.
- Keep stirring once capsicum is softened add a little water to it.
- Now mash them with the help of masher.
- Add chopped tomatoes and boiled veggies Keep stirring and allow them to cook for 2-3 mins.
- Also add ginger-garlic paste.
- Saute for 2 mins once tomatoes are cooked, mash all of them with the help of masher.
- Also add a tbsp of butter. Cook until oil separates from the bhaji.
- Take a different pan add 1 tbsp butter.
- Add chopped onion and saute until it changes to pale brown color.
- Now add the pav bhaji masala, kashmiri a red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi, pinch of asafoetida (hing) and salt.
- Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Add a little water if the onions are getting too dry.
- Transfer this mixture to the cooking bhaji.
- Now mix all nicely. Add black salt for seasoning. Check the consistency add water if required and alter any spices if required. Cook until bhaji bubbles switch off the gas. Squeeze some a lime juice, chat masala, Mix all nicely.
- Serve cheese pav bhaji with dollop of butter, chopped onion, coriander leaves and lemon wedges. Also don't forget to serve the buttered masala pav's.
- 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.
- Stuff the pav with few onions and coriander leaves. Some people also like to stuff pav bhaji into masala pav and eat. It’s up to you how you like to eat your pav bhaji.
- 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.
- Serve the pav bhaji with masala pav hot along some chopped onion.
2. I have used everest brand for pav bhaji masala. You could use any good brand.
4. If you are calorie conscious then don't add too much butter. Use oil instead.
5.Generally pav bhaji has medium consistency nor too thick nor thin. So add water accordingly.
5. You could mash the veggies until mushy or leave some texture. Both would have a different taste but a good taste.
Easy & delicious.
The Pav Bhaji turned very well. I do a lot of research before trying any dish. I would suggest people who are like me. Give a try this one.
Kusum a big thank you for your positive feedback on pav bhaji 🙂 glad you liked it.
Some luck I chanced upon today that guided me to your blog. I have been trying to re-create Mumbai pav bhaji for the past 10 years and yours is the ONLY recipe online that transported me home the instant I tasted what I made by following your recipe. The proportions worked perfectly! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart and my husband’s happy tummy.
Very pleased to know this Harini 🙂 glad your hubby liked the pav bhaji recipe. Thankyou for your kind and positive words.
Guess I know you have worked with you in BPO great recipe and wish you all the best what a lovely blog by far one of the best pav bhajis I had 🙂
Thankyou Sanjeev for rememebering me 🙂 and for your kind words. Glad you liked the pav bhaji recipe from our food blog take care.
Missing Mumbai food tried this from your blog and was very happy with the result kudos to your blog
Pleased to know this thankyou so much Honey 🙂
Perfect recipe loved by family and was appreciated tried for the first time and I am only 18 year old thanks for a lovely recipe you doing great job.
All the best Jolly glad your family loved the pav bhaji recipe god bless you 🙂 and thankyou so much.
Its making me nostalgic saw this from your blog and made just turned out too good ate with toasted bread it was yummmm. thanks so much will try other Mumbai recipes as well.
Yes some food always makes us feel nostalgic and revives good memories 🙂 glad you liked the pav bhaji recipe. Best would taste with laadi pav’s. surely try other recipes as well and you are welcome.
had made these for batch of 20 people and they all relished thanks for the beautiful recipe god bless 🙂
Welcome always Ritu glad your guests relished the pani puris 🙂 god bless you too.
mansi mitto says
Can u please share recipe of the gravy which is served with pav bhaji in mumbai stall.
Welcome Mansi have taken your request on our file thankyou.
mansi mitto says
Thanks a lot dear
Welcome always Mansi and thankyou 🙂
Hi maria, yesterday i was feeling so lazy but wanted to eat somethng chatpata. Nd it was so late… i tried this recipe… & ohhh my god it was sooooo delicious???, super easy… my hasband praise me for this recipe…
B4 this i tried many recipes but they were time consuming…
Soon going to try cheese nd panner pav bhaji….
Thanks a ton….
Very pleased to know this Valisa glad your husband liked the pav bhaji recipe. Surely try the cheese and paneer pav bhaji and let me know how it was.. you are always welcome 🙂
Hey maria have tried this pav bhaji many a times and just love them. one of the most authentic bhaji from the mumbai streets… its yummy. could you post the kada pav bhaj recipe also please.
thankyou so much meenakshi for trying so many recipes and sharing your views 🙂 would take your request for kada pav bhaji on my file.
Deepika bahri says
Nice step to make pav bhaji… have try two times ..
Thankyou so much Deepika 🙂 hope you liked the pav bhaji ?
This is prbably the most accurate recepie to make the pav bhaji one can find in Mumbai. Kudos for getting it spot on. Followed it twice and got the same result. Adding amchur powder, who would have known?
Now that i have more or less mastered this, beed to read up on the other recepies you got lined up.
Many many thanks. In a cold climate, this is just a great dish to make feel nostalgic.
I am pleased to know this panduranghari 🙂 and thankyou for your kind words and feedback.
Very Nice Maria 🙂
thankyou Ashwini 🙂
your recipe is very helpfull to me, bcuz im starting pavbhaji stall, and im serching for recipe. now first i will try at home and practice it, then plan for my Pavbhaji Stall.
thanks for ur Guide… Tkx a lot dear takecare. 🙂
Kalpesh all the best in your new venture my best wishes with you 🙂 hope this recipe bring you all the success….. welcome.
nikita suryavanshi says
thnx for such a nice receipe of pav bhaji
welcome Nikita 🙂 I am glad you liked the pav bhaji recipe.
Ivor Amore says
Tried your Recipee for Pav Bhaji
.Turned out great( I should say Exellent) , the only problem is I had to eat it all myself. My wife does not like Spicy foods, so I have to make small quantities of my favourite “snack ” foods.
Curries etc I do store away in the Freezer in Plastic containers, May be this time I’ll save some .
My Mum was an excellent cook, but some how even with watching over my shoulder I could not get the ” exact” flavour. So consequently I try again and again with the same “bad ” results. Hence My quest for all things “mumbai”
been in Australia 45 years, but miss the Street foods . I love Goan Foods first and Mix the Flavours of other “street ”
I cycled Miles to get Street foods from all over Bombay when I was there. As some times a change does one good.
Keep them coming
This was a great recipe thanks! It turned out with the perfect spice and flavor:)
Thankyou Nikhi 🙂 I am pleased to know this.
I made your pav bhaji… and everyone loved it!!! Its awsome…yummy and mouthwatering!
even indian friends (from mumbay) felt like home eating my pav bhaji…
thank you so much for uploading this!
You are welcome Cay and I am pleased to know you and your friends enjoyed the pav bhaji 🙂 and thankyou for your kind and positive words.
Raisha keshwani says
First time in my life tried to make pav bhaji n bcoz of reciepe my pav bhaji was awesome thnxx fr recipe
welcome always Raisha 🙂 I am glad you tried for the first time and the pavbhaji came out well happy for you and me!
joseph Francis says
I love Pav Bhaji’s…thanks for the recipe…
welcome Joseph 🙂
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I came across your blog while looking for some Indian food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes 🙂
sure and thankyou 🙂
Thanks a lot Maria. This was tremendously useful.
You are welcome Venkat 🙂
naaz mirza says
this is first tym m readng abt ur recipie nd i like it,nd today m going to make this delicious pav bhaji
Thnks a lot
Thankyou Naaz do try surely and lemme know how was it?? best of luck 🙂
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……
Jatin thankyou 🙂 surely try and so share your views. You are always welcome I love all Mumbai Street-food.
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.
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
I want the chinese version, there was a indian version also, i didnt knew it.
Lv tk cre
Okies got it would surely make it please give me some time.
Hi maria. I made this today for my evening snack and as usual, it came out super duper delicious. Wished I cud upload these recipes photos to show u.thanks once again dear. Waiting for my garlic chicken recipe, tk cre bye lv Sunita
Great to see you here Sunita after a long time 🙂 thankyou so much glad you liked the pav bhaji. Surely have taken your request on my file for garlic chicken thanks and god bless you.
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 😛
Never heard of adding Aubergines though to the bhaaji.. will try soon
Sure Nupur mostly mothers add for their children for health benefits. Do try and lemme know.
Please suggest the above Pav Bhaji ingredients for 50 People.
Shailesh the above recipe is meant for 4 people multiply all the quantity by 10 for 50 people.
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Suzanne Perazzini 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.
Thanks Suzanne 🙂 mine old posts pics looks horrible got to change all of them.
Thanks Mounica 🙂
Hi, i liked the recipe but you could include capsicum as well in it.
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!
some noodles receipe pls
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?
i like it &love to eat
Thanks Sakshi 🙂