Smoked Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is one of the favourite go-to dishes when craving for a change and wanting to enjoy something delicious. However, the cook in me wanted something new and exciting and I stumbled upon the recipe of a famous Mumbai street food – Black Pav Bhaji. I loved the recipe and the use of some unfamiliar ingredients. I chose to give it a try and my family kept on asking for more.


  • Serves – 4
  • For the Vegetable Mash
  • 6 – 7 Medium Size Potatoes
  • 10 – 15 French Beans
  • 1 Small Cauliflower
  • 3 Medium Carrots
  • 1 Capsicum
  • For the Black Masala
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1 Tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 7 – 8 Cloves
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Stone Flowers
  • 2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Amchur Powder
  • 1/2 Dry Coconut
  • For the Bhaji
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 3- 4 Green Chilies as Per Your Taste
  • 3 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 2 -3 Tsp Salt (Adjust as Required)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Butter (One May Add More as Per Preference)
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Leaves


Prep: 20 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes

  1. Boil the potatoes, peel and mash them.
  2. Chop the beans, carrots and capsicum. Break the cauliflower into small flowerets. Boil the vegetables except for the capsicum.
  3. Chop the onion, tomatoes and green chilies.
  4. For the black Masala, roast the dry masala on low heat till aromatic. Then add the powder spices and sauté for not more than 10 secs. Set aside to cool.
  5. Char ½ dry coconut on high flame. Rest and cool.
  6. Once cooled, grind the coconut and roasted spices to a coarse powder.
  7. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes off.
  8. Then add chopped onions and sugar. Sauté till golden brown.
  9. Now add the green chillies, chopped tomatoes and capsicum. Cook till they are mushy.
  10. Add the black Masala and mix. Once the mixture has left oil, add the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  11. Add the boiled veggies and season. A lot of cooking isn’t required as all the vegetables are already cooked.
  12. Add the lemon juice and mix.
  13. Finally, finish with a tbsp of butter and chopped coriander.
  14. Serve hot with pav, lemon wedges, chopped onions and some butter on top.