Pav Bhaji – Maharashtrian Special



Pav Bhaji is one of my kids favorite recipe. (Of course ours too) He can have pav bhaji for any meal. I have never been to Mumbai so haven’t got the chance of tasting the local pav bhaji but have tasted in my friends place and other local restaurants here in bay. Its easy to make and its a perfect dish for potluck or for tea time parties. All you have to do is prepare the bhaji well ahead and you go with store boughs pavs and warm them up before serving. Its a quick and easy recipe and party pleaser too. I use the store bought Pav Bhaji masala and I use only Cauliflower and potatoes with a little peas and 1/4 cup of chopped bell peppers. I don’t add any other veggies. Not sure if thats how its made but we like this combination in our house hold so I always go for this.


So here is the famous Maharashtrian recipe in my way,



Pav Bhaji
A delicious gravy served along with Pavs
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. Onion - 1
  2. Tomatoes - 3
  3. Cauliflower Florets - 1 cup
  4. Potatoes - 3
  5. Peas - 1/4 cup
  6. Colored bell peppers - 1/4 cup (I used orange bell pepper)
  7. Cilantro for garnishing
  8. Butter - 1 tbsp
  9. Oil - 2 tsps
  10. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  11. Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  12. Pav Bhaji Masala - 1 tbsp
  13. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  14. Salt - 1.5 tsps
  15. Water - 1 cup
  16. Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  1. Boil the potatoes and mash them roughly.
  2. Chop all the veggies and set them aside.
  3. Now heat the kadai and add 1 tsp of oil.
  4. Once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds. As they start to crackle add the ginger garlic paste.
  5. Cook till the raw smell goes and then add the chopped onions.
  6. Once the onion turns translucent add the chopped tomatoes.
  7. Add salt, turmeric powder and pav bhaji masala and cover and cook till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  8. Now add all the veggies and add 1 cup of water and cover and cook for 5 minutes till the cauliflower becomes tender.
  9. Add the sugar and using a potato masher, mash all the veggies and bring it along together.
  10. Let it boil for couple of minutes and thats it.
  11. Add the butter and serve it hot with the pav.
  1. Adding sugar is just my preference. It completely optional.
  2. Also you can cook the potatoes along with veggies. I usually boil them before so that it speeds up my cooking process.
  3. I usually microwave my potatoes but if you are using pressure cooker the preparation time might vary.
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