Pav Bhaji

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Not to be confused with Bhajji.
Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji
Alternative names Bhaji-pav
Course Snack
Place of origin  India
Region or state Maharashtra
Main ingredients Pav, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, mixed vegetables
Cookbook: Pav Bhaji  Media: Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji (Marathi: पाव भाजी) is a fast food dish from Maharashtra, India, consisting of a vegetable curry (Marathi:bhaji) served with a soft bread roll (pav).[1]


The dish originated in the 1850s as a fast lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Mumbai.[2][3] Pav Bhaji was later served at Udupi 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 being prepared on an iron tava
A Pav Bhaji stand at Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Pav Bhaji has many variations in ingredients and garnishes, but is essentially a spiced mixture of mashed vegetables in a thick gravy cooked on a flat griddle (tava) served hot with a buttered 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
  • Kolhapuri Pav Bhaji, using a spice mix common in Kohlapur
  • Kathyawadi Pav Bhaji with buttermilk, a variant from the Kathiyawad peninsula
  • Dryfruit Pav Bhaji with dried fruits in or on the bhaji

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Najmi, Quaid. "Meet Mumbai's rags-to-riches Restaurant King". The New indian Express. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  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". Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 31 May 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.