Jain Pav bhaji

Nothing is impossible in the city of dreams.There is nothing more desirable than a yummy Pav bhaji. Mumbai or Bombay is a city of fast pace and with limited time.People love eating bread or bun with curry.Although the palate has now evolved people still love Pav Bhaji. The proof of this craze,can be checked at any stall on Juhu or Chowpaty beach.

This humble Pav Bhaji is actually a great way of having mashed veggies.Many kids dislike having veggies like bottle gourd or cauliflower.You can feed kids all this in this mashed curry.Here is our take on this yummy appetizer.

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
  • 1/3 bottle gourd (optional) diced
  • 2 medium sized potatoes washed and peeled
  • small piece of cauliflower washed
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 cup tomato pureed'
  • 1 bowl of peas
  • 1/4th slab of butter/vegan butter


  1. Saute the cumin seeds,ginger and green chillies in some butter.
  2. Add tomato puree.
  3. Add turmeric,salt coriander powder,'pav bhaji' masala, salt.Keep aside.
  4. Boil all the remaining vegetables with salt and mash them well.
  5. Add this to the tomato gravy,peas and let it come to a boil
  6. Adjust salt as per taste.
  7. Heat the 'pav' or slice the buns into halves horizontally and apply some butter to it.
  8. 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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