Mumbai Pav Bhaji
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.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 2tablespoons butteror oil
  • 2 onionschopped
  • 5medium tomatoeschopped
  • 1inch Ginger
  • 8cloves garlic
  • 3 red chili whole kashmiri
  • 1 red bell pepperchopped
  • 4medium potatoespeeled and chopped
  • 3 carrotscut in small pieces
  • 2cup cauliflowercut in small pieces
  • 1cup green peas
  • 3/4cup Water
  • 2tablespoons Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 2 1/2teaspoons saltor to taste
  • 1tablespoon lemon juice
For Pav
  • 10 Pavor dinner rolls
  • 2tablespoons butter
To garnish
  • 1/2 onionchopped
  • cilantro
  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.