Nupur's Pav Bhaji

This is probably the very first recipe of Nupur's that I've tried. Her description of the perfect Mumbai Pav Bhaji was just too tempting to pass and the results did leave us dazzled. This is something I make quite often and is particularly great when we have company because it is something that can be done in a jiffy with not much effort, and is sure to impress.

The passion with which she writes is very impressive and I admire her amazing collection of recipes - from authentic Indian fare to exotic dishes from different parts of the world. Her energy and exuberance never fail to inspire me. Thanks Nupur for having such a brilliant blog and for sharing it with us.


Cauliflower Florets - 2 to 3 cups
Potatoes - 3 big

Green bell peppers (Capsicum) - 1 big or 2 small, chopped finely
Carrots - 2 medium, chopped into 1 inch pieces
Beans - approx 20, chopped
Peas - half a cup
Tomatoes - 2, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, minced
Garlic - 3 to 4 cloves, minced
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 to 2 tsp
Pav Bhaji masala - 1 to 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp + more to spread on Pavs
Coriander leaves - for garnish, chopped
Lemon wedges & Chopped raw onions - to serve
Salt - to taste

1) Pressure cook the vegetables (cauliflower, carrot, beans and peas) with some water. Also pressure cook the potatoes separately. Peel and mash the potatoes. Also mash the veggies when cooked soft.

2) Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, once they sizzle add the chopped capsicum and ginger-garlic paste and saute this till it gets tender.

3) Next add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric and cook till they are mushy. Now add the chilli powder and pav bhaji masala powder, to taste, along with all the veggies and little water if it's too thick.

4) Keep stirring this thick mixture and allow to cook for about 5-10 minutes. Be careful since this usually splatters quite a bit.

5) Add the butter to this and keep roasting till the gravy thickens and is well cooked. We like ours a bit on the thick side. Don't skip the butter.. it definitely increases the flavour of the bhaji.

6) Spread some butter/margarine on the pavs (or buns) and sprinkle some of the pav bhaji masala and toast till golden on a pan.

7) To serve, arrange buns and gravy on a plate and sprinkle the gravy with some chopped onions, coriander leaves and with a wedge of lemon on the side... You could also add a pat of butter on the gravy, if you wish. Pure bliss.

Other 'Tried and Tasted dishes' from One hot stove:

1) Microwave Sabudhana Khichdi with onions instead of potatoes.

2) Undhiyu

3) Ragda Patties

4) Chocolate Bread with walnuts and chocolate chips instead of pecans.

Well this post is off to a few events :

Zlamushka's Tried & Tasted - this month features One Hot Stove
Sia's Monthly Blog Patrol - Street Food


  1. That is a nice way to appreciate her :) Love all her dishes , the last one choco bread is really tempting....

  2. Hi Laavanya:
    Pav Bhaji looks so good. Nice try... Other recipes also look good...

  3. YUM! Great list Laavanya, got to try Pav Bhaji!:))

  4. Wow you have been busy haven't you in Nupur's place.
    ALl the dishes looks great, i am sure you have don't justice to her dishes.

  5. WoW, all dishes look great and delicious......Got to try choco bread.....

  6. Great spread Lavanya..I also tried Nupur's Pav Bhajji.Looks great!!!

  7. Everything looks lovely, Laavanya. The pav-bhaji sounds delicious.

  8. Yummy dishes all lined up! Great job Laavanya! They all look so delicious.

  9. Such a nice array of yummy eatables! And all of them have turned out so well!

  10. pavbhaji looks delecious lavanya

  11. I still can't believe I never tried or tasted Pav Bhaji! Everything looks so good!

  12. Oh u have tried so many recipes from one hot stove..Thats so sweet

  13. pav bhaji is all time fav..will have it any moment...other recipe also very tempting..

  14. I feel the same way about Nupur's blog.
    Ragda patties is something I used to eat all the time. Have got to try it out sometime.

  15. i had bookmarked nupur's pav bhaji i think after u or tbc told me you have made it in the past and thought it was yet to make it...but someday!!...all the other goodies look delicious too...i love her blog too

  16. nice array of lovely dishes..looks delicious..

  17. I just love your pav bhaji & Ragda patties .. looks really really yummy.. The coincidence is i too just made sabudana khichdi for Tried & Tested :)

  18. Your undhiu looks really good! Don't think I've ever had it, even as part of a Gujarati thali!

  19. Your undhiu looks really good! Don't think I've ever had it, even as part of a Gujarati thali!

  20. Isn't Nupur's blog really yummy....loved that pav bhaji pic, those pavs looks all buttery and crsip.

  21. Pav-Bhaji looks great and other dishes also looks great, mouthwatering!!!

  22. Laavanya,thank you *so* much for this sweet post. The pav bhaji is far and away the most popular recipe on my blog :) I have to thank the aunt who shared it with me!

  23. Hey, I have a Surprise for you @ my Blog :)

  24. Great!
    All recipes look good!

  25. Wow, that is a quite a nice array of dishes you tried from Nupur's place...very apt post for the tried and tested event..

  26. pav bhaji has cauliflower? wow! i really need to browse thru nupur's blog! am sure i will find enough to last me for a while :) making chaat at home is something i am yet to try. we need too many ingredients for it and i havent still acquired all

  27. Great collection of recipes from Nupurs blog! Shes a great writer, cook & a good friend above all.. Loved meeting her & her better half...they were so friendly, did not feel like we were meeting them for the first time ever!

  28. Congratulations!
    A year of this food blog and 50,000 visitors. Keep our taste buds stimulated.

  29. hi laavanya,
    there is a surprise for u can u please visit my blog

  30. loved the spread.. nice entry

  31. Pav bhaji looks perfect, Laavanya! Nupur's got so many delicious recipes on her blog! Have got to try this pav bhaji soon! :)

  32. All the dishes you have tried out from Nupur's look really amazing.

  33. Hi Laavanya,
    Thank you so much for the entry. You certainly have passion for One Hot Stove. I will proudly include all your re-creations to the round-up.


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