Jain Pav bhaji

Nothing is impossible in the city of dreams, and nothing is more desirable than a yummy Pav bhaji. Mumbai or Bombay is a city of fast pace and limited time.Thus the people of this state of Maharashtra have definitely evolved to a taste of eating bread or bun with curry.Although the palate has now evolved and there is huge competition of fast food business, decades old pav bhaji can still give the international joints good run for their money. The proof of this craze,can be checked at any stall on Juhu or Chowpaty beach.If there are guests coming over suddenly or dearth of veggies in a refrigerator, this curry does help you out.This humble Pav Bhaji is actually a great way of having mashed veggies, which otherwise children dislike, like bottle gourd or cauliflower.Here is our take on this yummy appetizer.

Jain Pav Bhaji
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. Multi grain bread or whole wheat pav/ buns from bakery or freshly baked buns at home.
  2. For the curry
  3. 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  4. 1/2 piece of ginger
  5. 2 green chillies
  6. 1 tsp red chilly powder
  7. 2 tsp coriander powder
  8. 1 tbsp 'pav bhaji' masala optional
  9. Salt as per taste
  10. 1/3 bottle gourd (optional) diced
  11. 2 medium sized potatoes washed and peeled
  12. small piece of cauliflower washed
  13. 2 carrots diced
  14. 1 cup tomato pureed'
  15. 1 bowl of peas
  16. 1/4th slab of 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.
  4. Keep aside.
  5. Boil all the remaining vegetables with salt and mash them well.
  6. Add this to the tomato gravy,peas and let it come to a boil
  7. Add salt as per taste.
  8. Heat the 'pav' or slice the buns into halves horizontally and apply some butter to it.
  9. Serve hot after adding a generous dollop of butter on the top with some coriander leaves.
  1. 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.
  2. You can also add some cheese when you serve if you would like to serve a variant.
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