Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pav Bhaji

Rejoice vegans and vegetarians. Your call has been answered once again today. I don't have anything against you guys but ya'll are such drama queens specially when you complain how I lack vegan recipes and I just laugh it off.

Mean is my middle name. Chef 'Mean' Shamsher.

Today I am making something which mom used to make a lot back in the day. It is called Pav Bhaji and is made with a number of different vegetables and is eaten with a bun. This evolved somewhere in the the mid 1900s and I think its the king of all vegan and vegetarian recipes.

FYI - Butter is an ingredient in this recipe and its optional. - FOR VEGANS

It has many different types but I will make the most common one which is also called the Mumbai Street Food Pav Bhaji.

Took a lot of time to prep everything for this one and I am so tired (which I already am from my sorry existence) see for yourself in the pictures below





First of all you will need the Pav Bhaji masala which is not easily found in the markets but you can easily make it at home.

Ingredients for Pav Bhaji Masala:

7 whole red dry chili

4 tbsp coriander seeds

2 tbsp cumin seeds

1/4 tbsp black pepper

1/2 inch cinnamon sticks

3 cloves

4-5 black cardamom

2 tbsp dry mango powder


1 tbsp fennel seeds

Just grind all the above ingredients and Pav Bhaji Masala is ready.


Ingredients for Pav Bhaji:

2 medium potatoes boiled and mashed

2 medium onions finely chopped

4 medium tomatoes finely chopped

1/2 cup peas boiled and mashed

1/2 cauliflower boiled and mashed

1 green capsicum finely chopped

2-4 lemon's juice

2 tablespoon Pv Bhaji Masala

1 tablespoon ginger paste

1 tablespoon garlic paste

salt as per taste

3 green chilies sliced

2-3 tablespoon coriander finely chopped

3 tablespoon tomato puree

3-4 tablespoons of butter

water 1 cup


Heat 4 tablespoon oil in a non stick pan.

We start of with frying the onions till they are translucent.

Add ginger and garlic paste to it and fry for a minute.

Then add green chilies to it and again fry for a minute or two.



Add the chopped tomatoes now. Add the Pav Bhaji Masala in it. Stir and let it cook on low heat for 3-5 minutes.



After 3-5 minutes we start adding the other vegetables.

Start of by adding mashed peas and mashed cauliflower. Mix it well.

Then we add mashed potatoes and again we mix it well with the rest of the stuff.

Add 1 cup of water and let it cook for 3-5 minutes more.



Add tomato puree 3 tablespoon tomato puree.

Add salt.

Mix it well.


Now its time to add the capsicum and mix it with the whole thing.

Add the chopped coriander.

Squeeze the lemon juice and last but DEFINITELY not the least add butter. AGAIN vegans can totally skip this and add more oil.

Cook it until the butter is mixed properly in it and you can smell the buttery aroma.

Pav Bhaji is ready to serve.



Could not find any Pav here but I used small bakery buns instead of it and let tell you guys this is the most delicious veg recipe you will ever taste.

Ladies and gentlemen, bleed green, eat green and make some noise for Pav Bhaji.


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