(Healthy)Paav Bhaaji

Ever tried preparing Pav Bhaaji without the Pav Bhaaji Masala? Ever tried making this with no butter or just 2 tablespoons of oil? I did and this is how…


  • 3 Boiled Potatoes
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 2 slit green chillies
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large Green Bell Pepper / capsicum chopped in small pieces
  • 1 cup of boiled mixed vegetables (carrot,beans, peas, cauliflower, even cabbage…your choice!)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Kasoori Methi
  • 1tsp amchur powder(dried mango powder)
  • 1tsp chaat masala
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Freshly chopped green coriander for garnish
  • salt per taste
  • Pav buns or Hamburger buns (I use whole wheat or potato buns but you can use any bread of your choice)


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadai. When it turns hot add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the cumin seeds splutter, add the asafoetida powder
  3. Add the onions and green chillies and saute them till the onions start turning golden brown.
  4. Add the kasoori methi powder and saute for a minute
  5. Add 3/4 of the chopped capsicums and follow up with the chopped tomatoes
  6. Add ginger,garlic paste and a pinch of salt followed by the powdered spices.
  7. When the oil starts leaving the pan add the mixed vegetables and mix well.
  8. Crumble the potatoes and add to the other vegetables. Add some water and mix well.
  9. User a potato masher and mash all the vegetables in the kadai till you get a smooth vegetable mix.
  10. Add more salt (per taste). Add the remaining chopped capsicum.
  11. When the mixture starts boiling add the amchur powder and cook for 2-3 minutes more and turn off the gas. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and chaat masala
  12. Serve with the toasted buns and slice of lime (for those who love the taste of lime juice with their bhaji)


1. A cousin of mine made this more healthy by adding half the amount of potatoes and black channa was substituted for the the remaining quantity of potatoes.


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