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Pav Bhaji

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Authentic Pav Bhaji Recipe Video
  Pav 8 (bun)
  Capsicum 1 Large
  Potatoes 2 Large
  Peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cauliflower 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Onions 2 Large
  Tomatoes 3 Large
  Red chili powder 2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1 Pinch
  Pav bhaji masala 2 Tablespoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Butter 50 Gram
  Ginger garlic paste 2 Tablespoon
  Lemon 2
  Coriander leaves 4
  Fenugreek 4

The recipe given here is more in-house cooking friendly whereas the video is a little different and depicts the way Pav Bhaji is made in stalls.

Clean and cut the vegetables. Pressure cook them (except tomatoes). Peel the potatoes. Drain the vegetables and keep aside.

Finely chop the onions and tomatoes.

Heat a pan. Add oil and heat till smoky. Add asafetida (optional) and stir. Add chopped onion and sauté until it turns light golden brown. Then add ginger-garlic paste. Fry for a while, then add tomatoes and cook till they become tender.
Sprinkle turmeric powder and stir. Add red chilly powder, salt and pav-bhaji masala and cook till the mixture acquires a rich, roasted colour.

Now add all the vegetables and start mashing. Keep mashing and stirring till the mixture becomes an inconsistent paste. Add chopped coriander leaves and squeeze one lemon. Again, mix and mash. Once the mixture becomes a mush and no ingredients are recognizable, add fenugreek leaves and mix well. The bhaji is ready.
(Important : You must keep mashing the vegetables all the while. Keep adding water from time to time to allow the mixture to cook and to prevent it from sticking to the pan)

Slit the pavs/buns horizontally. Heat 1 tbsp of butter. Add finely chopped coriander leaves, a pinch of red chilly powder and 1 tsp of pav bhaji masala. Saute for 15-20 secs. Roast the horizontally slit pavs/buns (8 in no.) in the pan so that they soak the butter and masala and become soft.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, onion and a lemon wedge. Add a blob of butter to the bhaji.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Vegan, Vegetarian
Everyday, Party, Quick
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
This video shows how "Pav Bhaji", a very popular street food in India, is made. It has been shot at midnight at one of the food stalls (called "Chandan Laxmi Pav Bhaji and Fast Food") at Juhu Chowpatty Beach (the most famous among places selling Pav Bhaji) in Mumbai, India. Juhu is a suburb in Mumbai famous for its beach, the food stalls, Prithvi Theatre and ISKCon temple and also because it is home to some of the biggest Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The video has no actual footage of the beach or the sea since it was dark and was raining heavily...had to save my camera! This is a first in a series of videos on Juhu which is a hot favourite destination with every tourist visiting Mumbai.

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farah's picture
you are making me hungry for pav bhaji. Very nice video.
vikas.kumar's picture
thanks! well if you are really hungry you could always go to your nearest market...better still, why dont you try cooking it at home. it does need some effort but can be great fun. happy eating!
farah's picture
I have tried making it 2-3 times but it doesn't taste the same like the vendor I think it's the butter, but hard to add so much butter when your cooking yourself.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
a very special dish from mumbai! Really.....a brightest star of marathi cuisine!
vikas.kumar's picture
Indeed! infact, the underworld in mumbai has had a great hand in popularizing the dish. it started with the mill workers, then the criminals patronized it, then finally, it found its way into restaurants and stalls!!
vikash.kumar1's picture
Yummy!! Presentation from the vendor has been edited so nicely that one can easily prepare Paw-Bhaji by their own. Mouth-watering …
vikas.kumar's picture
thanks! yes, the actual cooking time is longer...takes about 15 mins cause bhaji requires a LOT of mashing...obviously couldn't keep the video that long...
kapil.trehan's picture
thanks for the detailed recipe. will definitely try it sometime.
vikas.kumar's picture
if you're at home, try out the recipe in text...the one in the video is more suited to stalls. Enjoy your Pav bhaji!
shantihhh's picture
One of my very favourite Mumbai street eats!
kaycee's picture
Have to say this is one enticing video clip. Have tried this at home and works pretty well, but for the authentic taste of pav bhaji...the stalls at Juhu Beach in Mumbai get the votes. Great video Vikas.
vikas.kumar's picture
Hi K! Glad you like the video. You're absolutely right. If it's Pav Bhaji you want to have, nothing beats Juhu Beach. This particular stall - Chandan Laxmi Pav Bhaji is very good.
LizzieMarieCuisine's picture
Ooooh my! My mouth is watering! Warmly, Lizzie Marie Cuisine feeding body & soul
enjoylife's picture
I am so glad I came across this video. It just reminded me of the tasty mumbaiya pav-bhaji which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. I would greatly appreciate if you can upload moreof such mumbaiya street food videos like those of Bhelpuri, pani puri, vada pav etc.etc... directly from the street vendors. Thanks so much! -M, Los Angeles.
vikas.kumar's picture
I'm glad you like the video. Well I do have to post a lot of other videos...haven't been able to 'cause I've been very busy with work. Meanwhile, do watch the videos on Juhu Beach, Mumbai and Muchhad Paan Wala. They offer a glimpse into Mumbai street food culture. Juhu Beach is the first place that comes to your mind when you think of pav bhaji, sev puri, pani puri, gola, and Muchhad Paan Wala is possibly the most famous paan vendor in this part of the world, with a site of his own!
Ghazala.yasmin's picture
hey vikas,thanks a lot. i tried so many times at home but cant add that much butter .nice video.
abhi2001's picture wife loved it :)
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
I prepared this dish as per your video. And it came out very good. Thanks for the post. But I am sure this wouldn't taste good as prepared by Murari.
shantihhh's picture
This is still my number one favourite video on iFood.TV I just have to watch it from time to time and of course send the link to friends! Looking forward to another video from you soon. Hey tell us about the wedding Shanti/Mary-Anne
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Mine too Shanti, I love the datailed description of the bhaji.
shantihhh's picture
I dream of going to this stall in Mumbai and savouring this Pav Bhaji! If we go to Goa/Bangalore/Kerela for the Winter holidays we'll be sure and hunt this spot down in Mumbai hopefully with Vikas and his bride. I make Pav Bhaji but just know this one is the best-hey with all that butter it must be devine besides his special pav bhaji masala must hold a secret. Shanti/Mary-Anne
vikas.kumar's picture
You're most welcome. We'd love to take you around...though I'm sure you've seen it all!
shantihhh's picture
Actually I havent seen many of the fun things as I was always working. However, I always went shopping for leather items in Mumbai-great shoes, bags, and jackets. Many people don't realize many designer leather goods are made in Mumbai using Italian leather. They just tag them made in Italy, Made in Spain, and so on. Laws in Europe aren't so strict as to tagging actual countries of origin. The US is much stricter. What is funny I have often seen items that say Made in Sweden (brass items) or Made in Italy or Made in Germany when actually a US company bought them from Sweden, or Italy or Spain....................only they were made in Moradabad at a fraction of the cost. When I'd see the boxes all stacked at factories in Moradabad with Made in Sweden I'd have a good laugh. It often happens in European goods. Not just in India but also in China, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. Shanti/Mary-Anne
poornima's picture
wow! Vikas! gud keep it up! i tried preparing and i culd bring out the exact taste i get from mumbai ....nice editing and great english!!! keep it up! ur handsome too............ ;)
vikas.kumar's picture
Hi Poornima! I'm glad you managed to get the 'mumbai' taste...where are you from? And...thanks for your kind words...
shantihhh's picture
Poornima Please share your recipe for the Pav Bhaji!!!!! Shanti/Mary-Anne
vandana's picture
hi vikas enjoyed ur pav bhaji video. Nothing like a pav bhaji recipe straight from a street vendor. Its truly yumm!!
papzone's picture
Hi Vikas, I must say that i was really delighted to have come across this video online, when i was just looking for that "street style" recipe of pav bhaji to make at home. I have made it several times at home, but never came out to be like the street style. Living in states, i definately miss all that yummy street food of india, but i do enjoy cooking at home. I had a small request for you, if you can upload some more videos of "dhaba style" punjabi sabjis recipes and indo-chinese street food, I would sincerely appreciate it! I love your video's clarity and your wonderful narration of the whole cooking would be great if you could repeat the same for my requested dishes from famous stall visits...Thanks in advance!!!
vikas.kumar's picture
Hi! I'm glad you liked what you saw. Will definitely be posting more videos...mainly on street food coz thats what interests me most. Thanks for your comment.
Smriti's picture
Hi Vikas - - its very innovative of you to do up a video -- its soo much easier for non-cooks like me to learn how to cook --
pavbhajilover's picture
I don't know if there is a problem with the web site or with my network connection, but the video isn't loading. Was looking forward to seeing the video after my sister raved about it :(
vikas.kumar's picture
I'm glad your sister liked the video. There's nothing wrong with the site...must have been something at your end. Try again, it should work. The same video is also there in the 'videos' section. since you are a 'pav bhaji lover', would love to have your views.
sylph_sw16's picture
Hi Vikas, This Pav Bhaji turned out to be the best & it was my 1st attempt. Is it possible that you email me the video as it is so precious that I wouldnt want to loose it & keep it with me & pass it on to my generations
vikas.kumar's picture
Hi. Thanks for your comment. The video's going to be up on the site always...yet, if you let me know your id, i'd be glad to mail it.
sylph_sw16's picture
That is so sweet of you. If you could email me on please. Well, I know the video will be onsite & I can always come here and have a look but I always feel that if I like something then I have to keep it secure with me. Just a silly stuff ;p Also the site plays up at times. It does not load properly & loads of problems. I am making this pav bhaji again today!!!
prammis's picture
Hi Vikas Kumar Thanks for the Recipe the Pav bhaji was great is it possible that u could show us how to make pani puri; ragada patties and ha Vada Pav I mean all Mumbai Street Chat Thanks
vikas.kumar's picture
hi! i'm glad you liked the pav bhaji recipe video. i've been away for a while. will try and post more videos soon. meanwhile, to learn more about how to enjoy mumbai street food at home, you could watch these videos. they've been shot by me and the dishes have been prepared by Asha Khatau, a pioneer in vegetarian cooking. Dahi Batata Puri , Bhel Puri , Sev Puri.
Lavi's picture
Hi Vikas, This video is just brilliant, so enjoyable to watch, and so motivating to try cooking the dish... it has made me prepare Pav Bhaji several times, and ..... ohhhhhhhhh so delicious! I am eagerly waiting for more videos from your side.
sylph_sw16's picture
Thank you so much for the video. I really appreciate that!!! thanks once again!! :)
HotChef's picture
This is the best video on iFood.TV, simply brilliant.
vikas.kumar's picture
Mumbai street food is incomplete without Pav Bhaji. Thank you for your comment. Coming from you, it sure does mean a lot.
veg.foodie's picture
I have had pay bajhi before, but nothing so elaborate with all the added spices... very spicy and just a foodie's dream... oh this is so perfect for a rainy evening snack... so great! thanks!
VC's picture
At last! AT LAST! This is what I was waiting for. Can't thank you enough for this video. Beautifully and naturally presented - you've done a A+++ Job. Not only is the recipe authentic (I am a Bengali from Kolkata, but I worship Pav Bhaji!),your style of presentation is natural and understated. Loved it! Way to go, Buddy, keep it up!
vikas.kumar's picture
Hey VC...Thanks for your kind words...and keep enjoying Pav Bhaji!
Anonymous's picture
hey..but there was no cauliflower in this pav bhaji..shud add it as ll taste real good
Anonymous's picture
yeah where did the cauliflower disappear?
TMK's picture
Hi Vikas, Thanks for posting the video...Can you post a video for vegetarian frankie if possible?? I'd love to create that taste at home.... Thannks-
Deep's picture
Hey thanks for this recipe..i tried it and it came out husband liked it a lot..he said it is tasting like profesional pavbhaji...thanks agn.
komal's picture
it looks awesome.....must hav tasted really good...
komal's picture
it looks awesome.....must hav tasted really good...
Anonymous's picture
I'm pregnant and is getting all these urges and one among them is to eat roadside pav bhaji from the streets of bombay. I have some restrictions for few days but looking at this clipping help me to resist my temptations foe next few months. I cannot wait for next month to get on with this dish and savor it. Thanx god bless. I hated you when you were relishing it;-) but overall an awesome job god bless
mithra's picture
Great job Vikas! Absolutely love this video. Getting to know the street food recipe...thanks for posting this. Appreciate all your effort to make this video. I have seen many recipes so far for Pav-bhaji and this is by far THE BEST. Feel like coming to India just to taste it :)
Heena Panchal's picture
Hi Vikas...thanks sooooo much for the actual receipe...I am a native from Mumbai..and after watching this video i felt like I was back Mumbai.
Anonymous's picture
hey vikas, thanks al ot for this pav -bhaji video. we enjoyed a lot.
talllady57's picture
Have you ever thought of moving to Texas? Maybe open your own place? I promise you would have a full house and have to chase people away. I'm sitting here drooling and have no idea where to get certain ingredients.
madhuri santosh pise's picture
this recepie looks very tempting and tasty i should try it once
madhuri santosh pise's picture
this recepie looks very tempting and tasty i should try it once
suhas's picture
its very lovely........have it once
Anonymous...shreya nair's picture
its just yummy........:)
shahid's picture
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hi, your recipies are good. i love street food too. The instruction are clear and detail. If i have time i'll glad to try it. -Borneo tourism and food
Anonymous's picture
i like too much
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adityash's picture
Excellent video Vikas. Thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Done very professionally. Must try out the recipe soon :)
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