Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav bhaji recipe with Step by Step Photos.

Pav bhaji is very famous fast food from Maharashtra. Vegetables are boiled and mashed then they are cooked with pav bhaji masala. Lime juice, fresh coriander and onions are sprinkled on the Bhaji. It is then served with soft pav toasted in butter.

Pav bhaji masala is the hero in this recipe. I have shared the recipe for pav bhaji masala as well. Although pav bhaji masala is readily available in the market, I would highly recommend that you prepare it at home. Its much more hygienic and can be prepared very quickly. Above all, nothing can match the flavour of freshly prepared masala.

You can prepare and store this masala as well. Make sure that it is in an airtight container. Use a clean and dry spoon everytime. Increase the quantities of whole spices proportionally to prepare this masala in large quantity.

So, Here goes the detailed Pav Bhaji Recipe...

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Servings: 5-6


Pav bhaji masala:

Corriander seeds(Dhaniya) - 1 Tsp
Cumin seeds(Jeera) - 1/2 Tsp
Fennel seeds(Saunf) - 1/3 Tsp
Cloves - 3
Bay leaves - 1.5
Dried red chillies - 2
Peppercorns - 7-8
Cinnamon - 1 inch
Black salt - 1/4 tsp
Dry Mango powder(Aamchur powder) - 1/2 tsp

Pav Bhaji:

Potatoes - 2 (Medium size)
Cauliflower(roughly chopped) - 1 cup 
Carrots - 2
Peas - 100gm
Tomatoes - 3-4 (Medium Size)
Onion - 2 (Medium Size)
Green chillies - 2
Capsicum - 2 medium size
Butter - 2 Tbsp
Pav - 10-12
Oil - 1Tsp

Pav bhaji Recipe:

Pav Bhaji Masala:

  1. Dry roast all the whole spices - Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, dried red chillies, bay leaves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cloves.
  2. Grind it to a coarse powder.
  3. Add Black salt and Dry Mango (aamchur) powder.
  4. Grind it to a fine powder. Pav bhaji masala is ready! 


  1. Pressure cook cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and peas.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a kadhai.
  3. Add chopped onions and slit green chillies. Saute them for about a minute.
  4. Add tomatoes and capsicum.
  5. Add pav bhaji masala, turmeric and salt.
  6. Mix everything well. Cook it on medium flame until its mushy.
  7. Add boiled vegetables.
  8. Mix and mash them well.

Pav bhaji Recipe with Step by Step Photos:

1. Take all the whole spices - Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, dried red chillies, bay leaves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cloves.

Whole Spices for Pav Bhaji Masala
2. Dry roast them.

Dry roasting whole spices
3. Grind them.

Grinding whole spices
4. Add black salt and Dry mango (aamchur) powder.

Added powdered masalas
5. Grind it to a fine powder. Pav bhaji masala is ready!

Pav bhaji masala is ready
6. Boil roughly chopped vegetables - Potatoes, cauliflower, peas and carrots.

Boiling roughly vegetables
7. Heat oil and butter in a kadhai. Butter burns very quickly if you are heating it alone.
Heating butter and oil
8. Add finely chopped onions and slit green chillies.

Added onions and green chillies
9. Add capsicum and tomatoes.

Added tomatoes and capsicum
10. Add turmeric powder, salt and pav bhaji masala(Prepared in step 5).

Added salt, turmeric and pav bhaji masala
11. Add boiled vegetables. Mix everything well. Mash it with the back of your spatula. Cook it for a minute.

Added boiled vegetables
12. Save the excess water after adding boiled vegetables.

Saved Vegetable Stock
13. Add the vegetable stock now. Amount of vegetable stock you want to add depends on how much thick you want your bhaji to be.

Added vegetable Stock
14. Cook it and keep on mashing it. Bhaji is ready!

Cooking and mashing vegetables
15. Time to roast pav with butter.

Roasting Pav with butter
16. Roast it from both the sides.

Roasting Pav from another side
17. Pav bhaji is ready! Add some lime juice and sprinkle some chopped onions and fresh coriander leaves before serving!

Pav bhaji is ready!

Do try this recipe and share your experience with me in the comment section below.