Monday, February 20, 2012

Paav Bhaji

Paav Bhaji is a very popular street side food in Mumbai, its a medley of vegetables(bhaji) cooked together and spiced with a special masala, called Paav Bhaji masala. Its garnished with finely chopped onions, cilantro and some fresh lime. Served with lightly buttered and toasted hamburger buns(paav)

3 cups of cauliflower florets
3 potatoes peeled
1 bell pepper, minced
2 cup tomato puree
1 cup peas
1 tbsp butter(optional)

1 tbsp Paab-Bhaji masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
Salt to taste

finely chopped onion
couple of sprigs of cilantro chopped
1/4 lime


Pressure cook the florets, peas and potatoes together, until done(usually takes 2- 3 whistles). In a deep pan heat a little oil and sauté the bell pepper followed by ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder and chili powder. Add the tomato puree and let it cook for a few minutes. Next add all the cooked vegetables, salt, butter and the paav bhaji masala. Mash the vegetables in the pan if you see any vegetable chunks, so tha it starts looking like a homogeneous mixture. Check the consistency if its too thick you could add some water at this point. Let the mixture come to a boil on medium heat for about 15 minutes.

In a bowl ladle some paav bhaji and garnish with onion, cilantro and a few drops of lime juice. Serve along side toasted and buttered hamburger buns. Enjoy! :)


  1. Simply amazing work, chef! Question - is it possible to use ghee instead of (regular) butter?

    1. Yes, you could use Ghee instead of butter :)