Pav bhaji

Not to be confused with Bhajji.
Pav bhaji
Alternative names Bhaji-pav
Course Snack
Place of origin  India
Region or state Maharashtra, Goa
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, consisting of a thick vegetable curry (Marathi:"bhaji") usually prepared in butter and served with a soft bread roll (Konkani: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 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:


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  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 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.
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