Pav bhaji

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Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji.jpg
Alternative namesBhaji-pav
Place of origin India
Region or stateMaharashtra
Main ingredientsBread, mixed vegetables

Pav bhaji is a fast food dish from India consisting of a thick vegetable curry served with a soft bread roll. Vegetables in the curry may include potatoes, onions, carrots, chillies, peas, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Its origins are in the state of Maharashtra.[1] Variants of the dish may use other bread varieties such as chapati, roti or brown bread.


The dish originated as a fast lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Mumbai.[2][3] Pav bhaji was later served at restaurants throughout the city.[3][4] Pav bhaji is now offered at outlets from simple hand carts to formal restaurants in India and abroad.[5][6]


Pav bhaji has many variations in ingredients and garnishes, but is essentially a spiced mixture of mashed vegetables in a thick gravy, usually cooked on a flat griddle (tava) and served hot with a soft white bread roll.

Variations on pav bhaji include:

  • Cheese pav bhaji, with cheese on top of the bhaji
  • Fried pav bhaji, with the pav tossed in the bhaji
  • Paneer pav bhaji, with paneer cheese in the bhaji
  • Mushroom pav bhaji, with mushrooms in the bhaji
  • Khada pav bhaji, with vegetable chunks in the bhaji
  • Jain pav bhaji, without onions and garlic[7] and with plantains instead of potatoes[8]
  • Kolhapuri pav bhaji, using a spice mix common in Kolhapur
  • White pav bhaji, with no garam masala and no chilli powder


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  2. ^ Patrao, Michael. "Taking pride in our very own pav". Deccan Herald. The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Patel, Aakar. "What Mumbaikars owe to the American Civil War: 'pav bhaji'". Live Mint. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. ^ Munshaw-Ghildiyal, Rushina. "A feast of flavours". Hindustan Times. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  5. ^ Pathak, Anil. "'Bhaji pav' to invade NY's Times Square". The Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ Rajesh, Monisha. "10 of the best street foods in Mumbai". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ Dalal, Tarla (2010). Mumbai's Roadside Snacks. Mumbai: Sanjay & Company. p. 60. ISBN 978-81-89491-66-6. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  8. ^ Kumar, Shikha. "In search of the perfect pav bhaji". Hindustan Times. HT Media Limited. Retrieved 4 March 2017.