I am very excited to share Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe… One of Mumbai hottest selling fast food. I love Mumbai Pav Bhaji since childhood. I have vivid memories of eating chaats 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 chaats. Also anxiously wait for my turn to eat them! lols…Hmmm I am hungry again with this word chaat;)… Also this is my old post which I have replaced with new pics and new look hence re-posting again!
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. Capsicum is a strict no for me as I hate them. After eating you start burping hence it’s my preference I didn’t use capsicum for my pav bhaji.
Calorie conscious people can 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
Tip for Mumbai Pav Bhaji:
- Add veggies of your choice like aubergines, carrots, peas, capsicum.
- You could also top your pav bhaji with grated cheese. That’s your cheese pav bhaji
- I have used everest brand for pav bhaji masala. You could use any good brand.
Mumbai Pav Bhaji recipe details below:
- Ingredient for Mumbai Pav Bhaji Recipe:
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 2 finely chopped onion
- 3 fresh tomatoes puree
- 3 green chilies chopped
- 75 gms green peas boiled
- 1 carrot boiled and mashed (optional)
- 3 potatoes boiled and mashed
- ½ cup coriander leaves
- ¼ t/s turmeric powder
- 2 t/s ginger-garlic paste
- 2 tbsp pav bhaji masala Everest brand ( I added 4 tbsp as I wanted more)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 t/s red chili 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
- Firstly make fresh laadi pavs/buns at home Or buy from market. If you wish to make laadi pav’s at home find how to make on this link. %http://www.flavorsofmumbai.com/laadi-pav-indian-white-bread-dinner-rolls/
- It’s important to boil potatoes, carrots, peas before making pav bhaji. Once they are boiled mash these veggies with your hand Or fork.
- 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.
- Chop all veggies like onion, green chilies, coriander leaves. Keep everything ready. Take a saucepan add oil+butter.
- Now saute cumin seeds for a minute. Add chopped onion and green chilies along with sugar. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Also add little rock salt and stir well.
- Now add ginger-garlic paste to it. Mix all nicely.
- 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.
- Put all mashed veggies like potatoes, carrots and peas. Add veg stock / water as consistency required.
- Let the bhaji simmer for 4 to 5 mins. Finally add rock salt and reserved lime juice. 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.
- Top the pav bhaji with dollop of butter and squeeze some more lime juice. Garnish with coriander leaves and onion.
- For Masala Bun/ Pav:
- 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 upto 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.