Pav buns & Pav bhaji with step by step pictorial

by - August 03, 2011

 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
        I want to thanks Radhika of Tickling palates for creating this Lovely oppurtunity to be a part of Blog hop, Which is gong to be a wonderful platform for all food bloggers to know each other and share their opinions and experience.
       At present Blog Hop Wednesday has 40 members, grouped in to 5 & paired up with each other.    Themed  to cook any recipes from partner's blog on every alternate wadnesday.
        For first week of blog hop, I was paired with Veena of VeenasVegnation. She has lot of wonderful recipes which is Easy to make.  
       I have picked Pav Bhaji recipes from her blog which is all time favorite for most of us. Try & enjoy this street food.


3 cups of all purpose flour / Maida
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 1/2 cups Water
3 tbsp Butter

 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
  • Mix salt & flour together, Keep it aside.
  • In warm water, dissolve yeast and sugar, Let it stand  for 10 ~ 15 minutes till it froth.
  • Mix yeast mixture to the flour.
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
  •  Knead the dough for minimum 10 ~ 15 minutes, In between add melted butter to the dough little by little and knead continuously until you get a smooth and elastic dough as shown in the picture.
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
  •  Coat little butter over the dough. Cover with wet cloth  and rest it for an hour and allow it to rise.
  • When dough double, take out and punch down the dough to release the air from it.
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
  •  Grease & dust the baking tray with butter and flour.
  • Make required size balls from the dough and arrange it on the greased tray as shown in the picture.
  • Cover it with wet cloth and rest it for 45 minutes to rise.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Pav buns & Pav bhaji

  • After 45 minutes, apply egg wash or milk over the bread to get nice golden color.
  • Bake the Pav bread for 25~30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown color and sounds hallow when tapped with fingers.
  • Remove from the tray and apply melted butter over the Pav bread and allow it to cool.
  • Serve with Bhaji.
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji

Bhaji for Pav

 Pav buns & Pav bhaji


3 cups of  Vegetables ( I used potato, carrots, green beans, peas, cauliflower, celery, broccoli, eggplant, avoid using mushy vegetable))
1 cup of chopped Onions
1 chopped Green chili or to taste.
1 cup of chopped Tomato
1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
1~2 cups of Water or as needed
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Butter cubes

Masala powders:
1 tsp Red chili powder or taste
3/4 tsp Coriander powder or to taste
1/2 tsp Fennel powder or to flavor
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder or to flavor
1/4 tsp Amchoor powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Cumin powder
Salt to taste

For Garnishing
1/4 cup chopped Onions
Minced cilantro
Required lemon slices
Slit green chilies
1 tbsp cubed butter

  • Wash & Chop the vegetables into big chunks and pressure cook it for one whistle.
  • When pressure drops, open the cooker & drain the water. Keep the water & cooked vegetables aside.
  • Heat Oil  in a pan, add chopped onions, chopped green chillies and saute it til it turns glossy and transparent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and stir it for a minute or until raw smell disappear.
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
  • Add chopped tomatoes  the onion mixture and stir it for 3 minutes.
  • Now add all masala ingredients and mix well. Add vegetable stock and bring it to boil.
  • When its boils, add cooked vegetables and mash it gently.  Mix well.
  • Adjust spice and salt to taste.
  • Cook it in low heat for minimum 10 minutes or till required consistency.
  • Once done, add butter to the bhaji gravy and turn off the heat.
  • Serve hot with Pav bread.
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji

Before Serving:
 Pav buns & Pav bhaji
  • Heat the tawa or griddle in medium heat.
  • Meanwhile cut the pav bread into two.
  • Add butter on the griddle, toast the pav and keep it on  the serving plate.
  • In the same griddle, add required serving of bhaji & gently stir it.
  • Sprinkle little chopped onions and minced cilantro.
  • Transfer to serving plate, if needed squeeze lemon juice over it or serve with lemon & green chili slices.
  • Try and enjoy this lovely platter.
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  1. You've posted under "tea time snacks"..and its been our dinner for some days! :)

    Looks yumm!

  2. gundu gundu dinner rolls / pav buns..droooling on ur space..Looks fab and perfectly done to the core

  3. Awesome work dear...pav looks excellent...perfectly that bhaji too...tempting..

  4. awesome clicks saras and lovely presentation. feel like grabbing some:-)

  5. Wonderful looking pav bhaji. Excellent pics.

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  6. wow, wonderful pictorial, Sara..would love to try making buns at home now..bhaji looks yumm

  7. sara...this is so yummy :)
    i am a pavbhaji lover :)

  8. Thats a very detailed and yummy post. Thanks for the step by step recipe.

  9. Absolutely inviting pav baji n well demonstrated..

  10. nicely made pav... i liked the recipe

  11. Pao bhaji looks very very tasty. Awesome preparation. Love it dear.

  12. You have excelled dear. Awesome step wise clicks. When I made the buns from scratch the top did not turn out brown as yours. Guess I missed the egg wash. will rectify and try out next time.

  13. Pav bhaji and pav buns looks so tempting. Nice presentation......

  14. lovely step by step explanation...looks very of my fav street food

  15. lovely step by step explanation...looks very of my fav street food

  16. well presented..great job dear...absolutely love it

  17. OMG! you did an awesome work....very detailed and every step pics....

    and your recipe no words....

  18. One of my fav. ...looks so delish ...that platter is just fab

  19. Wow superb recipe.Never tried this.Nice clicks too

  20. Pav buns from scratch. wow this has come out beautifully and looks like foolproof.. Yumm

  21. Love pav bhaji & posted it too...but never made buns at home. thanks for sharing!!

  22. Fantastic dear, Hats off to your patience. Great job done. looking yumy.

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  23. making buns also at home, now that is something from scratch, love your pictorial presentation :)

  24. wow...well explained pav bun recipe with useful step wise pictures...too good ,simply delicious one....very beautiful pictures n presentation...

  25. Hey Saras...Beautiful post...I never knew making buns was this easy...superb

  26. Awesome.. :) And so nice of you to put up such detailed pics. They are so helpful. Cant wait to take a bite :D

  27. Wow.. superb.. mouthwatering clicks. I appreciate your efforts to try buns from scratch..



  30. OMG, this is wonderful. We usually have this for dinner. yummyy.


  31. Wow both the recipes are gr8! perfectly done it...thanks for sharing the recipe.

  32. soft and delicious yummy filling snack

  33. wow..step by step pics r amazing...easy to get the recipe..never thought that making pav is that easy...i usually buy it from a near by grocery n am not that satisfied with the taste of the pavs..but after having a look on this...think i should go in 4 a try...thnx for sharing saras...
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  34. Thanks for the recipe,..tried it and luved it,..:) happy weekend..

  35. Tried to make pav but the top got cracks and crusty not as clean as your pic shows. What could I have done wrong? I followed the recipe very closely?any suggestions?

  36. Hi
    There are various factors Pav or bread get cracks and crusty. Cracks are may be due to long rising period i.e dough is rising more than its double in volume and too much kneading also will take effect.
    Meanwhile don't cool the bread on draft which will cause more cracks. After baking the bread or pav. turn out of the pans and cool on a wire rack away from the draft.
    For more infomartion about it please check out this link.

    Hope this will help and happy cooking.

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  43. Hi,
    Tried yesterday this recipe! Are you sure it is 1 1/2 cups of water listed in your ingredients for pav? The flour became all watery :( pls let me know where have I gone wrong.

  44. Hi Divya,

    I guess it may be couple of reasons because the recipe above is foolproof one and I tried it several time.. In your case it may be yeast or the humidity in the room or even the temperature of the water was slightly off. If the dough is too sticky, add in a little flour until the dough becomes the consistency as shown in above ictures. Try again and post your feedback..Hope this will help. Any queries, please feel free to ask.

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  48. I donnonwhat went wrong - but all my pavs got crusty layer - all over. Can u suggest me what went wrong. One thing I can tell - I did not get frothy yeast. Can that be a reason ?

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  50. I was out of everest pav bhaji masala,n was seeking a yummy home-made alternate. I tried this today,and the result was amazing. MY mom was shocked that one cud make such tasty pav bhaji without everest. Superb!!!

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