I made this after trying different methods over a few years. It all came together so well. The flavor and texture was amazing. You really need to add water at the end and not be scared that it will ruin the dish, it will not! You need a fairly runny consistency for the best pav bhaji. Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, and fresh cilantro if desired. Serve with toasted white bread or bread rolls.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
50 mins
1 hr 5 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt; fry until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 4 minutes. Pour in 1 cup water. Add 1 teaspoon pav bhaji masala and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

  • Add tomatoes, potatoes, and corn to the saucepan. Season with chile powder, coriander, and ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Mash curry gently with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Simmer for 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala and lemon juice. Mash slightly again.

  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to give curry a runny consistency. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter; stir until butter is melted. Divide into serving bowls and sprinkle remaining pav bhaji masala on top.

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 25.7g; fat 10.2g; cholesterol 7.6mg; sodium 640.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I made this exactly as written and really enjoyed it. It was my first time cooking with pav bhaji masala and I'm looking forward to making this again. I used my food processor to make quick work of grating the onion. Adding in the butter at the end really transforms the flavor. I'm not sure the small amount of corn was even worth opening up a can for - I might just leave it out next timed or add a bit more. Also this makes small servings so keep that in mind. I got the mild chile and pav bhaji masala from an international market. Read More