Mumbai Pav Bhaji
By :Meeta Arora
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Pav Bhaji,a popular Indian street food, made in Instant Pot. Pav Bhaji made with potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato base, and enjoyed with pav.
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Rating: 5
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Vegan & Vegetarian
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Bread, Spices, Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 5 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 3 red chili whole kashmiri
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots cut in small pieces
  • 2 cup cauliflower cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For Pav
  • 10 Pav or dinner rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter
To garnish
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • cilantro
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Vegan & Vegetarian
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Bread, Spices, Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 5 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 3 red chili whole kashmiri
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots cut in small pieces
  • 2 cup cauliflower cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For Pav
  • 10 Pav or dinner rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter
To garnish
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • cilantro
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Soak red whole chili in 1/2 cupwater for 15 mins. Grind chili, ginger and garlic along with the water to a paste.
  2. Start Instant Pot in Sauté mode and heat 2 tablespoons of butter in it. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, pav bhaji masala and salt. Add the ground chili paste. Add potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and green peas. Mix well.
  4. Change the setting to manual mode for 8 minutes with vent sealed. When the Instant Pot beeps, release the pressure naturally. Open and use an immersion blender to coarsely grind the ingredients.
  5. Change to Sauté mode and let the bhaji boil for a minute. Mix in the lemon juice.
  6. Bhaji is ready to be served. Garnish with cilantro and chopped onions.
Preparing Pav
  1. Slice each pav or dinner rolls in two halves.
  2. Heat butter on a pan and place the sliced pav on it. Lightly toast on one side and then turn to toast on the other side.
  3. Pav are ready to be served with bhaji.
Recipe Notes
  1. The real Mumbai pav bhaji is always made with butter. However you can prepare it will oil too.
  2. I recommend using Kashmiri chili, as that enhances the color of the bhaji. If you don't have it, use another whole chili or red chili/cayenne powder.
  3. Vary with your choice of vegetables.
3 replies
  1. Steve52
    Steve52 says:

    Made this and it was great. However it never mentioned when to put the water in. I guessed. Also i would skip the carrots. My girlfriend doesn’t eat peas, so i substituted eggplant. Overall i loved it!

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