Indian Favourite Pav Bhaji

Recipe by ExoticMJ
READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 10-12
YIELD: 1 batch




  • For the masala:.
  • Roast for about 1 minute all the spices separately. One after the other in same pan is ok.Its just to dry them out fully and bring out their flavours. Cool these completely.
  • Grind them together. This may make more quantity of masala than needed for this recipe. (Use 2-3 tbsp for this recipe).
  • Store in air tight, dry containers.
  • For the gravy (Bhaji):.
  • Just blanch together peas, cauliflower,carrots.
  • Mash the potatoes. Finely chop and de-seed tomatoes. Finely chop capsicum.
  • Make a paste of ginger and garlic.
  • In a large thick bottomed deep pan heat oil. Add cumin seeds. Let them pop a little.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste, sautee for a minute. Add chopped onions.
  • Add turmeric, asefoteda and chilli powder. Also add half of the pav bhaji masala (1 -1 1/5 tbsp).
  • Sautee till the onion turns translucent. Stir continuously to avoid sticking and burning it.
  • Drop in the blanched vegetables, tomatoes and potatoes and capsicum.
  • With a hand masher or the back of a big ladle, mash up all the vegetables inside the pan. Add 1 cup water from the blanching. Mash well.
  • Add some more water if needed to create a thick gravy consistency. Mash to bring it all together.
  • Add salt and remaining masala. Also add a dash of black pepper powder if you want more heat.
  • Check for seasoning.
  • Let it cook for 10 minutes approximately Stir occasionally.
  • Put chopped coriander leaves and some butter. Cover to keep its flavours.
  • Heat a flat pan. Slit the buns horizontally. But not completely keeping the two sides hinged to each other. Generously butter the buns ( on all sides if you wish!).
  • Place them on the hot pan till slightly golden changing to toast all the surfaces in turn. It is a must to do this just before serving the dish as these do not taste as good if re-heated.
  • To serve:.
  • Put some bhaji, garnish it with some more coriander if you like, butter, and squeeze some lemon juice on top, place 2 pavs with it and some chopped onion to go with.