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  • Sheena Philipose

Bhaji Masala

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Pav bhaji is the quintessential Indian street food, commonly found at roadside stalls across the Mumbai. This spicy vegetable masala is served with warm, buttered pavs, give my Homemade Pavs a try it will cater to all your senses and can easily be made at home.


Bhaji Masala recipe

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving: 6 people


For the vegetables

  • Cauliflower: 1 medium to big-sized, cut into florets

  • Potato: 1 big or 2 medium-sized, diced

  • Carrot: 1 big, diced

  • Peas: 1-1/2 cups

For the gravy base

  • Onion: 2 medium-sized, chopped small

  • Tomato: 4 medium-sized, chopped small

  • Green capsicum: 1 chopped small

  • Ginger-garlic paste: 2 Tbsp

  • Coriander powder: 2 Tsp

  • Cumin powder: 1 Tsp

  • Turmeric: 1/2 Tsp

  • Red chilli powder: 2 Tsp

  • Pav Bhaji masala powder: 2-3 Tbsp

  • Salt: 1-1/2 Tsp

  • Coriander leaves: 1/2 cup, chopped fine

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • Oil: 2 Tbsp

For garnish

  • Finely chopped onions, green chilies, coriander leaves

  • Lemon wedges

  • Butter cut into small cubes (optional)


  1. Pressure cook all the vegetables together in a pressure cooker for one whistle and smash lightly using a vegetable smasher.

  2. Add the oil into a thick bottomed pan. When it heats up, add the chopped onions and saute until light brown in color, then add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 5-8 mins. Add the tomatoes and stir until the oil separates. Add in the masala powders and saute for a minute, stirring well so as not to burn.

  3. Add the chopped capsicum and a half cup of water to cook, Gently stir in the smashed vegetables and mix well. Give it a taste adjust the seasoning as needed.

  4. Once fully cooked through, add the chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice and turn off the heat.

  5. To serve, cut the pav/buns horizontally, and toast them on a frying pan/tava with a cube of butter right before eating. Garnish the bhaji masala with chopped coriander leaves, onion, chilies, butter (optional) and lemon wedges and serve with the freshly toasted pavs.

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