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Jain Pav bhaji

Nothing is impossible in the city of dreams. Mumbai is a city of fast pace.Time is money here for all.This city never sleeps.Most people are huge foodies.They want everything fast and never hesitate to try anything new.They also love eating breads or buns.Be it Irani Brun Maska,Vada Pav or Pav Bhaji.They love pizza and also their,Misal,Batata Vada and Pav.

There are various types of Pav Bhaji now available like cheese,Jain Pav Bhaji,Khada pav bhaji etc.Some joints are actually famous in Tardeo and Dadar for their Pav Bhaji.

Also,many kids dislike having veggies like bottle gourd,brinjals and cauliflower.

Hence,Pav Bhaji is blessing in disguise.You can feed them these veggies in a mash.

You can also use your left over veggies.Its a win-win and a must at birthday parties.

Jain cuisine

Mumbai is potpourri of cultures and population.Hence, many recipes are adapted to suit culinary needs of various communities. Jains follow a strict vegetarian diet.They do not eat meat,eggs, gelatin.They also avoid anything that grows underground as it may harm the microbes and insects,worms during picking.However,they drink and consume milk products.Thus they avoid even root veggies,potatoes, onions, and garlic.

This recipe is customized to their taste.

Scroll below to read the recipe of Jain Pav Bhaji


Jain Pav bhaji
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Jain Pav bhaji


  • Multi grain bread or whole wheat pav/ buns from bakery or freshly baked buns at home.
    For the curry:
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 piece of ginger
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp 'pav bhaji' masala optional
  • Salt as per taste
  • 3/4 bottle gourd (optional) diced
  • small piece of cauliflower washed
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 cup tomato pureed'
  • 1 bowl of peas
  • 1/4th slab of butter/vegan butter


  • Saute the cumin seeds,ginger and green chillies in some butter.
  • Add tomato puree.
  • Add turmeric,salt coriander powder,'pav bhaji' masala, salt.Keep aside.
  • Boil all the remaining vegetables with salt and mash them well.
  • Add this to the tomato gravy,peas and let it come to a boil
  • Adjust salt as per taste.
  • Heat the 'pav' or slice the buns into halves horizontally and apply some butter to it.
  • Serve hot after adding a generous dollop of butter on the top with some coriander leaves.

Note:This is a Jain recipe which we have adapted from actual Maharashtrian recipe.In case you would like to make it with onions,saute the onions with cumin seeds and ginger till they become pinkish and then add to this, tomato paste.All remaining steps remain the same. You can also add some cheese when you serve if you would like to serve a variant.


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