Pav Bahji Buns

Pav Bhaji is a famous street food dish in India made from a range of curried vegetables and spices, served with a pan-fried,  heavily buttered bread roll, and garnished with lemon seasoned onions. 

The main veggies in this dish are potatoes, peppers, peas, carrots, onions, tomatoes and chillies. 

This recipe is a simplified version but equally yum! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Don’t forget to tag me or send me your recreations if you make this. I would love to share!

Serves 4 | 1 hour | 


  • 2 medium sized potatoes (diced)
  • 1 cup cauliflower (minced)
  • 1 cup carrot (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup capsicum (minced)
  • 2 cups of tomatoes (chopped or grated)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1-2 green chillies chopped
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1.5 tbsp of ginger (minced)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp amul ghee or butter
  • Square buns sliced and buttered


  1. In a pressure cooker, add the potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, green peas and 2.5 cups of water. Pressure cook until completely cooked and soft, set aside. This will take 5-7 whistles (15 mins)
  2. In a large pan, add the ghee or butter. As it melts, add the cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  3. Add onions, and stir until golden brown.
  4. Add garlic and ginger, stir again until fragrant.
  5. Add chillies, stir for 1-2mins
  6. Add tomatoes and place on a low simmer to cook for about 5-10mins
  7. Add the capsicum, and let it cook for another 5-10 mins until tender
  8. Sprinkle turmeric, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala. Give it a nice stir until it’s all thoroughly blended.
  9. Now add the cooked veggies in the pressure cooker along with any remaining water, and mash it all together with a potato masher.
  10. Add salt to taste as per required
  11. Let it cook on low to medium heat for another 10 mins
  12. Toast the square buns in the meanwhile, on a hot pan (this will make it soft and crispy)
  13. Once ready, place the bhaji inside the buns (pav) and serve with lemon seasoned onions and coriander.

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