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 :)

Let’s make step by step Mumbai Pav-bhaji recipe. This is almost the same way the stalls at Juhu make their pav-bhaji :)

 

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.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

2. Keep stirring once capsicum is softened add little water to it.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

3. Now mash them with the help of masher.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe (3)

4. Add chopped tomatoes and boiled veggies Keep stirring and allow them to cook for 2-3 mins.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

5. Also add ginger-garlic paste and a cup of water.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

 6. Saute for 2 mins once tomatoes are cooked, mash all of them with the help of masher.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

7. Also add a tbsp of butter. Cook until oil separates from the bhaji.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

8. Take a different pan add 1 tbsp butter.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

9. Add chopped onion and saute until it changes to pale brown color.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

10. Now add the pav bhaji masala, kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi, pinch of asofoetida (hing) and salt.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

11. Saute for 2 to 3 mins.  Add little water if the onions are getting too dry.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

12. Transfer this mixture to the cooking bhaji.

Paneer Pav bhaji Recipe

 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 chaikeema, cold coffee, nimbu pani masala omelette, ragdapatties, sabudana vada and sabudana khichdi.

Mumbai Pav Bhaji recipe details below:

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Pav Bhaji recipe, How to make Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe | Mumbai Street Food
 
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Mumbai Pav Bhaji is a popular street food from Mumbai. It's yummy and made with mashed veggies.
Maria@flavorsofmumbai.com:
Recipe type: snack, side, vegetarian
Cuisine: Indian, Mumbai
Serves: 5-6
Ingredients (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 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 asofoetida (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
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook the potatoes, green peas and cauliflower until soft and tender.
  2. Take a heavy bottomed pan place on high heat. Add little butter once pan is hot add chopped capsicum to it.
  3. Keep stirring once capsicum is softened add little water to it.
  4. Now mash them with the help of masher.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and boiled veggies Keep stirring and allow them to cook for 2-3 mins.
  6. Also add ginger-garlic paste.
  7. Saute for 2 mins once tomatoes are cooked, mash all of them with the help of masher.
  8. Also add a tbsp of butter. Cook until oil separates from the bhaji.
  9. Take a different pan add 1 tbsp butter.
  10. Add chopped onion and saute until it changes to pale brown color.
  11. Now add the pav bhaji masala, kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi, pinch of asofoetida (hing) and salt.
  12. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Add little water if the onions are getting too dry.
  13. Transfer this mixture to the cooking bhaji.
  14. 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 lime juice, chat masala, Mix all nicely.
  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.
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.
Notes
1. .You could also top your pav bhaji with grated cheese. That's your cheese pav bhaji
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.


Comments

  1. kalpesh says

    hi maria,

    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. :)

  2. says

    Hi Maria,
    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
    Ivor Amore

  3. cay says

    Namaste Maria,
    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!
    take care
    cay

    • says

      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.

  4. 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

  5. best hotel management colleges in Kolkata says

    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 :)

  6. naaz mirza says

    Hi Mariya,
    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

  7. 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……

  8. 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.

    Sunita

    • 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

      Love,
      Maria

  9. 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 😛

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

  10. 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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