Pav Bhaji

Just like mutter paneer, I could eat pav bhaji any day of the week. However, I've never made it due to my fear of pressure cookers. PC's cook things really fast, but I'm afraid of them exploding and of that loud whistling noise they make. I made this pav bhaji without a PC and without my handy chopper, because it made a high pitched whirring noise and broke when i pureed potatoes for my stuffed peppers.


  • 5 medium/large yellow potatoes
  • 1.5 medium yellow onion
  • 2 green chilis
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1/2 of a large cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil



Place potatoes in a large bowl filled with water. Cook in the microwave for 15 minutes. While potatoes cook, finely chop onions, green chili, ginger, and bell pepper. Chop cauliflower, and peel and chop carrots (doesn't have to be finely chopped). When potatoes are done, peel and set aside. Cook cauliflower and carrots in microwave for 12- 15 minutes. Sautee onions, green chili, ginger in a pan with some sunflower oil. When onions turn translucent, add bell pepper and salt and cook for 15 minutes. Add microwaved veggies and mush (yes this is the technical term) everything together. You want the resulting dish to be well blended and in manageable sized pieces, but you don't want to mix/mush it together so much that it has the texture of baby food. It's ok to have some small chunks of veggies. Remove from heat and add chopped cilantro. Heat oil (or butter) in a pan and lightly toast the pav (bread). Serve pav and bhaji hot with chopped raw onion and cilantro.