Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji

Who doesn’t love street food? I love street food, I can have it everyday. I love all kinds of street food and Pav Bhaji comes right at the top. The spicy and tangy bhaji, the soft and buttery pav and chopped raw onions for crunch – this is the epitome of a delectable meal for me.

The best pav bhaji you can get is on the streets of Mumbai. The carts serving pav bhaji has a huge tawa, or a fat pan, on a flame and cook the bhaji in it. They add all the vegetables and spics and cook everything in loads of butter. The taste is nothing you can compare to! I really need to go to Mumbai for the famous pav bhaji and eat to my hearts content.

So last week was our wedding anniversary. My dear husband decided to surprise me. He said he will cook for me. Now this came as a huge shock rather than a surprise, because hubby dearest doesn’t enter the kitchen normally. I braved myself and let him cook. Pav bhaji is a favorite of ours and he decided he would experiment on that. I helped him in chopping and told him what spices would go into the bhaji. And the rest, he managed himself. He was also very excited to cook in the Instant Pot. Yes, the Instant Pot has become an obsession in our house.

So long story short, I had one of the best dinners in a long time. No kidding, he did a wonderful job. So wonderful that I decided to blog about it. I also made a deal with him. He is going to cook for me, once a month.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I did !

What is your favorite street food ?


  • 1-2 chopped red onions
  • 3-4 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped carrots
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1 finely chopped green bell-pepper
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder (I used kashmiri for color, you can use normal red chili powder)
  • 1 tsp coriander-cumin powder
  • 2-3 tsp pav bhaji masala (I used Everest brand)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies
  • salt, to taste
  • water, as required

For tempering:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3-4 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pav bhaji masala




  • In the Instant Pot, turn on the Saute Mode. Once the Pot starts getting hot, add in the oil and butter. Once the butter starts to melt, add chopped onions and let them cook.
  • After 2 min, once the onions have started getting translucent, add in the ginger and garlic paste and the green chillies. Stir and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now add in the tomatoes and let it cook until the mixture starts leaving oil from the sides.
  • Once the tomatoes are cooked, next comes the spices. Add in all the spices and mix thoroughly. Let the spices cook for about 3-4 minutes. If the spices start to burn, add a little bit of water.
  • Next step is to add in the chopped bell peppers, cauliflower florets, carrots, peas and potatoes. Mix well.
  • Now add water as required and turn the Saute Mode off on the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid on the Instant Pot. Turn on Manual Mode or Pressure Cook Mode, with vent in the sealing position.
  • Set the timer for 7 minutes and let the Instant Pot work its magic.
  • After the alarm rings, let it stand for 10 minutes. Now release the pressure and open the lid.
  • Smash the bhaji lightly with a potato smasher. You can also use a hand blender if you want a finer puree.
  • In a small pan, heat oil and butter for tempering. Add red chili powder and pav bhaji masala. Pour it over the cooked bhaji.
  • Serve with pav grilled with butter on a pan, slice of lemon and chopped onions sprinkled with salt and red chili powder.



  • You can make this in a pressure cooker in exactly the same way with 3 whistles.
  • The other method is to cook all the vegetables except onions and tomatoes in a pressure cooker, keep it aside. In another pan make the gravy and add in the cooked vegetables.
  • Garnish the bhaji with chopped coriander, squirt of lemon juice and a knob of butter. You can also grate cheese on top.

Enjoy this heavenly pav bhaji and let me know how you like it !



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