Its been raining cats and dogs out here or should I say horses and bulls!And when its this way, there is an auto response on our taste buds for something v hot and spicy. Dunno how that works out but nature at work and who am I to question that :-)

A North Indian trip is considered incomplete if one doesn't get to taste the wares of those road side stalls brimming with colorful and aromatic chats and pav bhaji. Just memories brings back that 'out-of-the-world' taste. All this rain brought back that need and I knew I had to make them soon.

The recipe is as close as it can get to those from the stalls without the unwanted ingrediants although still a little high on calories. So what! All's fair during rain and storm ;-). It doesnt take a long time to cook and at the same time made a wonderful and filling lunch with the taste trickling down our throats and with rain pouring outside.

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  • Serves: 4 people
  • 1 large potato, boiled and mashed slightly
  • 2 cups of mixed boiled vegetables (i used cauliflower,carrots,peas)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup sliced capsicum
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped finely ( or as per taste)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch of grated ginger ( or simply can use one tsp of ginger garlic paste )
  • 2 tbsp Pav bhaji Masala
  • 1 tsp Black salt (Available in Indian stores ) (optional)
  • Butter to cook
  • 10 Pavs
  • salt to taste

Heat about 3-4 tbsp of butter (more the merrier), add onions and saute them till soft.


Add capsicum and saute for another min.Add ginger and garlic along with chillies. Saute another 2 min.


Add the tomatoes and mix well, till soft. Add the puree along with the spices (including black salt if using) and mix well another 5-10min till the raw smell of the puree goes away.Season with salt.


Add the boiled vegetables along with the potatoes, mix well and if the gravy is thick add little water. Let it come to a boil and then reduce and let it warm in simmer.

Meanwhile heat a non-stcik pan and grease it with butter. Take a bun/Pav, slice it in half and cook with butter until lightly brown on both the sides.

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By jiya on Nov 13, 2010

dear dk..many congrats...u now have ur hands full...i made pavbhaji yesday just the way u have put up here...and it turned out simply yum..i did not have luck wid the pavs though since i tried making them too..thnx dee..since a picture is worth a thousand words am putting up one...!well i have a small query..i need to bake a choco lava cake..and it requires we dnt get 'em here..and neither do i have a microwave...i have a standard ,normal oven.can i like make it in those aluminium foil bowls...?pls do reply wen u get the time...good luck wid the little one...

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By vineeta on Oct 27, 2011

i made this on diwali......we had a gr8 lunch:)

By Sweety on Oct 23, 2011

Which pav bhaji masala did u use???

By Zankhana Thakkar on Sep 21, 2010

Your recipes are always great and wonderful step by step instructions along with pictures. My husband really loves my pavbhaji and my recipe is similar to yours. Just to share my little tip....I add some pav bhaji masala to some melted butter + oil and spread that on the pav/bread before cooking it to brown - masala pav as my husband likes to call it -- it tastes yummy and adds even more spice/flavor to the whole dish :) --

By preeta on Aug 31, 2010

nice preparation ..i liked it showing all step by step..easy to learn...gud job..thanks

By rehana shr nayabrasool on Nov 15, 2009

pav baji wow i really love it . recently i heared ie.. my hubby also love it very much..... thanks to u g8)

By Dhivya on Jan 8, 2008

Thanks Vimmi :)

Thanks Sunita :)

Sure EC - coming right away :)

Thanks Latha :- u r generous with ur compliments :)

Yeah Nags..I had been meaning to make them for a loong while..but got around to doing it only now

Asha - hehehe :)

Thanks HC :-D

Thanks glad u like my site :)

Come home Jyo - am sure i can come up with something :)

Thanks chithra :)

Thanks remya :)

Thanks Laavan:)

Sagari - guess u r like me..I do that too

Thanks Mallurecipes:)

Thanks DM :)

Thanks Padma :)

Thanks Swaroopa..Happy new Year to you and to your family from us :)

Thanks Rina :)

Thanks for coming by swapna :)

By swapna susarla on Jan 8, 2008

i love pavbhaji all the time.
thanks for visiting my blog.

By Rina on Jan 8, 2008

Thanx for that step by step presentation Dhivya.. Pav Bhaji looks gr8. Mouth watering.

By Swaroopa on Jan 8, 2008

cool recipe!! will give it a try...happy new yr, dear.

By Padma on Jan 8, 2008

Pav bhaji had always been our family favorite... urs pics looks so mouthwatering!

By Daily Meals on Jan 8, 2008

Hi Dhivya! The pav bhaji looks mouth watering.

By mallurecipes on Jan 7, 2008

The right dish to get u in good spirits on a rainy day!!
Thanks for dropping by,
great pav bhaji :)

By Sagari on Jan 7, 2008

pav bajhi looks yummy yummy divya when ever I geat pav bajhi I love bread mor ethan bajhi

By Laavanya on Jan 7, 2008

I simply love pav bhaji and your pics. are so tempting.

By remya on Jan 7, 2008

very delicious!!!! my fav pav bhaji.....really i like to have them any time....

By chithra on Jan 7, 2008

Hi dhivya,Nice blog..i like ur step by step presentation!

By Jyothsna on Jan 7, 2008

I'm hungry!!

By Archana on Jan 7, 2008

hey divya, i noticed the section you were talking about.."cooking is an art" We sure do share something in common. Thanks for visiting.

By Archana on Jan 7, 2008

I love pav bhaji. You have a lovely site and great pictures. Nice write up too. Keep writing and thanks for sharing. Going to look at your other recipes now. Its ate in the night in India and i am dying to eat some more dinner .. Better control my taste buds before i see myself like a balloon :).

By Happy cook on Jan 7, 2008

Just a word DELICIOUS :-)

By Asha on Jan 7, 2008

D!!!! You bad girl. It's Monday morning and you are making me crave for Pav Bhaji!!! WAHHHH....!!!;D

By Nags on Jan 7, 2008

i love pav bhaji and though i keep meaning to try some chaat at home, it hasn't happened yet!

By Latha Narasimhan on Jan 6, 2008

Pav bhaji is lakshmi's favourite! I just love all your pictures dhivya! I am inspired to take step by step pictures like you dear!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!!

By easycrafts on Jan 6, 2008

Wow..lovely Dhivya..u made my favourite pls pass on some to me

By sunita on Jan 6, 2008

Dhivya, you've cooked up a storm indeed ;-)

By vimmi on Jan 6, 2008

Love pav bhaji. Its really healthy too.Very nice presentation. Love the bowls.