A vegetarian fast food dish that can be found on nearly every street corner in Bombay; a roadside snack packed with flavor!

Quick Hindi lesson:
Pav (pronounced ‘pow’) = bread
Bhaji (‘bah-gee’) = vegetables

Luckily this Bombay classic isn’t only reserved for the streets, it’s very easy to prepare at home too! Take any 3 vegetables (or more) leftover from the week and add some pav bhaji masala mix! For this recipe, we used peppers, potatoes, carrots, green peas, and cauliflower, but have fun experimenting with whatever you have left at home.


(Serves: 4 / Preparation time: 30 minutes)
4 medium-sized potatoes
1-2 carrots
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup green peas
4 vine tomatoes
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
Knob of butter
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 medium-size onion
1 red pepper
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste (chopped garlic and ginger)
1 ½ tablespoon Pav Bhaji Masala
6 Ladi Pav (substitute any soft bread roll, i.e. Kings Hawaiian)


1. Peel potatoes.
2. Cut potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, green peas, and tomatoes into small bite-size pieces (or 2 cups frozen vegetables) and add to a pot.
3. Add water, salt, and vegetables to the pot, cover and cook on a low flame for 15 minutes or until vegetables become soft.
4. With a potato masher, mash the vegetables into a thick paste-like consistency. Set aside.
5. In a separate pan, adjust the stove to medium heat and add a knob of butter.
6. Add cumin seeds to the pan and cook until seeds are popped.
7. Add chopped onions, peppers and ginger garlic paste to the cumin seeds and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add Pav Bhaji Masala and sauté until the butter starts separating from the mixture.
8. Combine the pot of mashed vegetables and cook on high heat for 5 minutes.
9. Meanwhile, cut the Pav (soft bread rolls) in half and toast until the edges have a crispy golden brown color.
10. Serve the mixed curry on a plate with toasted buns. Garnish with coriander, butter, and chopped onions.
Last but not least enjoy your meal 🙂

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