Pav bhaji

Pav Bhaji
Alternative names Bhaji-pav
Course Snacks
Place of origin  India
Region or state Maharashtra
Main ingredients Bread, mixed vegetables
Cookbook: Pav Bhaji  Media: Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji is a fast food dish from India, consisting of a thick vegetable curry, fried and served with a soft bread roll.[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 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 served hot with a soft white bread roll, usually cooked on a flat griddle (tava).

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 or no chilli powder.


  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. 1 2 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 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.
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