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Pav Bhaji with Home Made Pav Bhaji Masala

Pav Bhaji is a popular street food across India, especially in the West and when you make it with some homemade pav bhaji masala, you just can't resist it!
Course Breakfast, brunch, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian


For Masala

  • 4 cardamoms Black
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1/8 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/8 cup black pepper Whole
  • 2 tbsps seeds Panch Phoran
  • 6 chillies Whole (red dry)
  • 5 and 1/2 inchs cinnamon pieces
  • 2 tbsps mango powder Dry
  • 1 tsps nutmeg grated or powder
  • 1 tsp salt black

For pav bhaji

  • 4 potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 6- 7 tomatoes large chopped
  • 2 onions large finely chopped
  • 1 capsicum finely chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower grated
  • 1 cup green peas boiled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 tbsps pav bhaji masala freshly made
  • 1 tbsp mirchi deggi (for the color)
  • to taste salt
  • 2 tbsps butter


  • Dry roast all the whole masalas till they are nice and fragrant, turn down the gas and add the powder masalas to the it. Roast for another minute and turn off the gas.
  • Let it completely cool and then grind to a powder and your fresh pav bhaji masala is ready! Yup its so easy and after all this, why would anyone want to buy it?
  • Now that my pav bhaji masala was ready, guess what I did next?Yes 100% marks to those who guessed that I made pav bhaji of course and if any of you were thinking something else, go get your brain checked ;)
  • In a pan, heat some butter, add onions to it and fry till they become nicely brown and translucent.
  • Add the ginger - garlic paste, saute for one minute and add half the tomatoes.
  • Stir fry till the tomatoes are nicely done and the butter starts leaving the sides.
  • At this stage put all your vegetables and add water so that all of them are nicely immersed in water.
  • Add one tbsp of butter and bring to a boil and let it simmer on medium flame for about 15 minutes.
  • Using a potato masher, mash your vegetables nicely, add the chilli powder, the pav bhaji masala and roast for 2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the tomatoes, mix and let it cook for about 15 more minutes stirring occasionally. If you like your bhaji really mashed, keep mashing it as you stir.
  • Your bhaji is now ready.


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