Pav Bhaji

One of the most indelible joyful moments of any mother would be seeing her children relish the healthy food prepared by her. Serving home-made whole wheat pav bread with mixed vegetables curry (bhaji) to my family is one such moment that I wish to cherish forever.

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If we serve oven-fresh flavorful pav breads with delectable bhaji to our children, they won’t get in to an eatery any more for a plate of high caloric pav bhaji which is a major cause of juvenile obesity nowadays.

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Let’s look into the recipe for bhaji served as a side for pav breads; you may also click on the link to find my detailed recipe for whole wheat pav bread.

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Time taken: 30 min.

Yields: 3 cups (600 ml)

Ingredients :

  1. Any neutral oil – 2 tsp
  2. Onion – 1 No.
  3. Tomatoes – 2 Nos.
  4. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  6. Vegetables:
    • Potato – 1 No.
    • Beetroot – 1 No. (used for its deep red color)
    • Capsicum – 1 No.
    • Carrot – 1 No.
    • Cauliflower florets – a few
    • Fresh peas – a handful
  7. Salt – 1 tsp
  8. Pav bhaji masala – ½ tsp ( I used Everest brand)
  9. Butter – 1 tsp

For grinding:

  1. Ginger – 1 inch piece
  2. Garlic – 5 Nos.

For garnishing :

  1. Chopped coriander leaves
  2. Onion rings
  3. Boiled peas
  4. Butter

Cooking procedure:

  • Wash vegetables, chop them into small chunks and keep aside.
  • Chop onion & tomatoes finely and keep aside.

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  • Grind ginger & garlic into a paste after adding little water.

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  • Heat a pressure cooker with neutral oil in medium flame.
  • Add chopped onion and saute until translucent.
  • Grind ginger & garlic after adding some water.
  • Add tomatoes followed by ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder & turmeric powder and saute until tomatoes turned mushy.
  • Add chopped vegetables and mix well.
  • Pour water (150 ml) and add salt into the cooker.
  • Pressure cook the vegetables (simmer for 10 min. after bringing to high pressure).
  • When the pressure is released, mash cooked vegetables using potato masher.
  • Add pav bhaji masala and mix well.
  • Pour hot water (50 ml) and bring it to a boil.
  • Add butter and turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onion rings & boiled peas before serving.

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How to serve pav bhaji:

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108 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks very delicious. 👄💓

    1. Megala says:

      It really is, thanks !!

  2. This looks so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️ Big hug

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  3. miakouppa says:

    Looks delicious! Will definitely give this a try.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much !

  4. Mouth watering! This I learnt to make after my son started school. I realized that he relished this tangy taste and aromatic flavor and the presence of all veggies mashed up together helped getting it all into his system too.

    1. Megala says:

      Truly satisfying moment, isn’t it ? 🙂

      1. Oh yes! There is no joy better than seeing the product of your creation being devoured with as much love as you made it with.

  5. Megala, you are killing it with all these popular street food options which I absolutely love. So tempted to have some right now.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! I feel envy for Mumbaikars like you who can just drop into a nearby eatery there to enjoy authentic pav bhaji !! 🙂

  6. PS says:

    Like the idea of adding Beet to the recipe for the deep red color. Thanks dear for sharing this.!!!

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is much better than adding synthetic food color ! 🙂 Thank you !!

      1. PS says:

        Totally Agree!!!

      2. PS says:

        Hey, wanted to tell you that I made Paav Bhaji Yesterday and this time I used your tip to add beet for color, It came out great.and the color was just like we get from the restaurant. Thank you dear for sharing this.

      3. Megala says:

        You are welcome and I am glad to hear this.

    2. PS says:

      Hey, wanted to tell you that I made Paav Bhaji Yesterday and this time I used your tip to add beet for color, It came out great.and the color was just like we get from the restaurant. Thank you dear for sharing this.

  7. Liz says:

    This looks very very appetizing. I want to eat it right now!!!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you ! 🙂

  8. Wow! This sounds so healthy! I most definitely want to try this!!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you, and thanks a lot for dropping by !

  9. Christy B says:

    You have such great recipes here!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you ! 🙂

  10. Looks delicious….one of my favourite Indian dishes

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks ! 🙂

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