Mumbai Paav Bhaji in Instant Pot

One pan,healthy recipe for Mumbai’s super popular street food! Check out the step by step photos and recipe.

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Mumbai Paav Bhaji in Instant Pot

Paav Bhaji is a street food that has prevailed as a crowd pleaser for decades in Mumbai. It is made with mixed vegetables and a delectable spice mix readily available as Paav Bhaji masala.

The aroma of the mixed vegetable bhaji never fails to beckon me but I stop short seeing loads of butter used in the bhaji and also slathered on the paav or bread.

My recipe for the easier and healthier version of Paav Bhaji is full flavored with just a tablespoon of butter in the entire pot. I mean Instant pot. The convenience is just marvelous! Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. I sautéed and cooked all together in one pot and the bhaji cooks in 14 minutes.

Check out the step by step photos-

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Step by step photos for Paav Bhaji in Instant Pot! From left top- saute vegetables, spices and tomato paste, put in the fresh and frozen vegetables and cook. Open after pressure is released and mash. One pan recipe!

I was so thrilled with the assistance of the Instant Pot that I got carried away and made the paav rolls at home too. But store bought bread rolls work well with the bhaji. I grill or toast them. My Paav Bhaji Platter served bruschetta style has been popular at pot lucks and parties. The bhaji can be made in advance and reheated so Paav Bhaji is definitely an easy dish for the hostess and oh so yummy!

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Mumbai Paav Bhaji in Instant Pot

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the bhaji-

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced fine
  • ½ medium green pepper, diced fine
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ tablespoon grated garlic
  • 4 teaspoons Paav Bhaji Masala. I used Everest brand.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 6 medium sized Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 12 pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cauliflower florets
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter

To serve-

Bread rolls, grilled or toasted with a dab of butter

Finely diced onion and cilantro

Lime wedges

To make the Paav Bhaji in Instant Pot-

  1. Follow directions of Instant Pot for sauté mode. When the panel says ‘hot’, add the oil, finely diced onion and green pepper. Sauté for a minute or two or until the onion and pepper start caramelizing around the edges. Add the ginger, garlic and sauté for a minute to remove the raw smell. Add the paav bhaji masala and the paprika and sauté for just a few seconds to awaken their flavors. Add the tomato paste and stir well. Add the brown sugar and stir for another minute.
  2. Add the chopped potato, cauliflower florets, frozen peas, salt and the 2 cups of water. Stir.
  3. Shut off the sauté mode on the Instant Pot. Close the lid and set it on ‘beans’ mode. When pressure releases, open, mash all veggies together with the tablespoon of butter.
  4. Sprinkle with the chopped onion and cilantro and serve with grilled rolls and a wedge of lime.

Enjoy! Have  a great weekend!




44 thoughts on “Mumbai Paav Bhaji in Instant Pot

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  1. Paav bhaji is my favorite! Thanks for the wonderful share!
    This post motivates me to buy an Instant pot! Let me see! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for visiting. This is a healthier recipe without giving up taste. I like your blog for the healthy lifestyle too.

    1. Great suggestion! The authentic recipe has loads of butter so I stuck to a small amount of butter for taste. But I like using ghee because it packs flavor in small amounts and also makes it almost lactose free. I
      will make it with ghee next time. 🙂

    1. Freda, Yes that was such a huge convenience for a lazy person like me 🙂 And easy clean up too. I really did not miss any of the authentic taste either.

  2. So good to see your recipe for Pav bhaji Sandhya as I posted a sweet potato version a few weeks ago! It’s one of my favourite veggie dishes – always batches in my freezer 😄

    1. Laura, this is the Paav bhaji recipe that is popular in Mumbai. I want to try a recipe with a combination of sweet potatoes and potatoes along with the other veggies for added health benefits too.
      The instant pot made it easy so I will be making it more often too 🙂

  3. Loving your instant pot Sandhya. Must make life easier in the kitchen. And your pav bhaji definitely looks good.

    1. Thanks Anna. I have been using the instant pot quite a bit Anna. It is so easy to use as it shuts off on its own and is easy to clean too.
      I was very happy with the paav bhaji.

    1. Thanks so much Ruth! Cut the veggies into small bite size pieces so they would cook faster. It should take about 20 minutes, not too long.
      Let me know how you like it.

    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for visiting Indfused. It gave me a chance to visit your well written posts!

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