Pav Bhaji – Mumbai Street Food

Mumbai style Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji… one tongue tickling streetfood dish that any Mumbaiwala can’t resist.

Specially the ones made in Juhu Beach…& the ones by the road side telawala(cart guys). They have got a magic ingredient that draws anyone & everyone to their stand.
I have been  fascinated & bowled over by a Restaurant named Garnish in Matunga, Mumbai. A must visit place for all Pav Bhaji lovers be it Jain style or Cheesy Pav Bhaji…. or the regular one… My total inspiration for Pav Bhaji is Garnish. Still hoping to go back to Mumbai someday.. and have it there:)

I have made my own PAV. It was bingo in my very first attempt. Check it out here.

mumbai style pav bhaji

Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Pav bhaji is a Mumbai street food dish , consisting of spiced mixed vegetable gravy served with pav { dinner rolls } finely chopped onions, lemon wedges and butter.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: mumbai, snack, streetfood
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sandhya Hariharan
  • 2 Tsp Sunflower oil
  • 3 Cloves Chopped garlic optional
  • 1-2 finely chopped green chillies
  • 2 Medium sized onions
  • 1 Tsp Freshly grated ginger
  • 4 Medium size Tomato diced finely
  • 1/2 Cup Cauliflower florets
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • Handful Green Peas
  • 1/2 Carrot
  • 3 Medium sized Potatoes
Powders & Garnishing:
  • 2-3 Tsp Pav Bhaji masala I have used an Everest one
  • 3/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Powder
  • 50 g Salted Butter
  • Salt To Taste
  • 3-4 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Coriander Leaves
For Serving:
  • 4 Pieces Sliced Lemon
  • 8 Pav| Dinner Rolls
  • 10 g Salted Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Finely chopped onions
  • Cheese Optional
  1. Cook cauliflower , peas ,carrots , green pepper together in a pressure cooker and keep it aside.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan .Add garlic & green chillies and saute for 30-40 seconds. Now add ginger & onions and saute until it turns light brown. Add a pinch of salt while frying onions. It will help to evaporate the water & fry quickly.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes to it and cook on medium heat for three to four minutes, stirring continuously or till oil separates from the masala.
  4. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder , 1 tsp pav bhajji powder to the mixture.
  5. Now add the cooked vegetables & mashed potatoes to this mixture along with 1-1.5 glasses of water.Using a potato smasher , press the vegetables a few times till all of them are completely smashed.Bring it to a boil and simmer for ten minutes. Add the rest of the pav bhaji masala and salt now.
  6. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes and stir continously.
  7. Garnish the Pav bhajji with chopped onions and lemon juice.

  8. For Serving :
  9. Heat some butter in a tawa. Slice pav horizontally into two and pan fry in butter for half a minute, pressing two or three times or till pav is crisp and light brown.
  10. Garnish the Pav Bhaji with chopped coriander leaves, a little of butter and serve hot with pav accompanied with remaining chopped onion and lemon wedges.

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Comments (4)

  • Woww.. just reminds me of my Garnish & Classic pav bhaji..

  • i am totally inspired by garnish restaurant…!! wow wat a presentation.


  • MMM Yummy!!! My fav pav bhaji…mouth watering..nice blog..keep it up.

  • I have never tried or made a pav bhaji before, thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious and packed full of flavour!


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