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December 4, 2008

Pav Bhaji-Simple method yet tasty!

I am sure everyone knows how to make Pav Bhaji. My method is going to be the simplest of all.
I don't make it often as pav buns are very high in calories!(about 100 calories per bun) I was in no mood to chop the veggies today and hence ended up making a very quick bhaji for dinner.
I had been to a friend's place during Navaratri and she prepared the gravy without onions and garlic. It was mild and very tasty. So here is no onion, no garlic Bhaji coming from my kitchen!

Small potatoes(peel the skin before pressure cooking)-3
Beans chopped into big pieces-1/2 cup
Carrot chopped into big pieces-1/4 cup

Other ingredients:
Oil-1 tbsp
Jeera-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder-1/4 tsp
Pav Bhaji masala-2 tsp(or as per taste)
Coriander leaves- to garnish
Lemon juice from 1 small lemon
Pav buns(sweet dinner rolls)
Butter-to toast the buns

Pressure cook beans, carrot and potatoes together for 3-4 whistles.
Mash the potatoes and grind beans and carrot to a paste.
Heat oil in a pan, allow jeera to crackle, add the mashed veggies. Add some water and bring it to gravy consistency. Add salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala and bring it to a boil. Switch off the gas. Garnish with coriander leaves. Squeeze lime and add tiny bits of butter.

Toast pav buns lightly with some butter and serve with bhaji.

If you are using onion, fry it in oil till golden brown along with 1 tsp ginger garlic paste.
Add 1 chopped tomato and a handful of chopped capsicum and fry till tomato turns soft.
Then add the boiled veggies and follow rest of the steps as given above.
Before serving, add finely chopped raw onions on bhaji.
Serve with pav buns and a wedge of lime.


  1. try adding cauliflower to your list of vegetables and you will love me for giving you this tip :) make sure its cooked until soft and mashed in well!

  2. Its amazing pic mahima...wats there in the background yar.. lovely bhajis and pavs.. tempting me to have a bite...

    He! He! He!... that was me only in the prof pic.., That time I was 10mths old! Ah shocked!.. romba killathe valikkum pappaku....Hm...

  3. WOw tempting Pav bhaji Mahi...can see this recipe more now..each n every one have their unique method...Professional click ponga..pinnadi background kalakuthu..

  4. Kanna,
    Great picture, mouth watering.

  5. Iam drooling over. Awesome click dear. Simple yet delightful recipe..

  6. Looks delicious.. I add a small head of Cauliflower too to this.. Tastes great

  7. I always thought of trying jain version of pavbhaji,but was afraid that it might turn just bland, now this looks so tempting that i just have to try it out !

  8. I use Nupur's version these days.. no onions in that as well.. but it has mashed cauliflower and capsicum to lend a bite.. We love it. Yours looks awesome.

  9. Me and my kids love pav Bhaji. I also have in my draft. Yours looks tempting, i always admire your photos.

  10. Beautiful picture, just looking to that itself makes one crave for them.

  11. wow..without onion and garlic...YUmmy da....

  12. I am guilty of not having ever made pav bhaji... after seeing yours, I feel like giving it a try with whole wheat buns.

  13. I love this.And yes,I agree with Nags,I add cauliflower.I alo avoid onion and garlic.Lovely and healthy and tasty and quick.
    Looks mouthwatering and spicy perfect for me :P

  14. Yummy looking Pav bhaji.....u might wanna try whole wheat sandwich buns or dinner rolls to avoid the guilt....

  15. Perfect way to have all the veggie in on dish :)

  16. What a beautiful picture. I love pav bhaji, becoz its yum! and also becoz its all health in one dish.

  17. Thts a good recipe Mahimaa without the onions and garlic.Picture looks very good.

  18. Lovely presentation Mahimaa! Pav Bhaji plate looks like it's flying in the space! So mouth-watering too!

  19. Thanks Nags, UJ and Curry leaf for the tip..i used to add cauliflower before.. but not these days as my hubby is allergic to it.

    Thanks friends for your comments!

    Uma, yes, the plate looks like it is flying in the space.

  20. WOW that was pretty quick bhaji in a pressure cooker,lovely presentation:)

  21. Lovely picture Mahi. Never tried without onions and tomatoes. Good will give it a try next time. I also add still more veggies, like cauliflower, peas, capsicum.

  22. Looks delicious & awesome.. nice entry...

  23. Hi,

    nice click... I've also posted pav bhaji but it's quite different.Do check when time permits
    happy to follow you.



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