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Pao Bhaji Recipe

Updated on July 7, 2012

A snack-between-meal thats a favourite in North India.


Servings 7-8

This delicious bhaji served with buns, is really relishing as well filling.

  • 250 gms (3 big) potatoes - boiled

  • 4 tomatoes - chopped

  • 3 onions - chopped finely

  • 2 tbsp Pao-Bhaji masala

  • 50 gms butter, 4-5 tbsp oil

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander

Pressure cook together

  • 2 cups chopped cabbage

  • 1/2 cup shelled peas

  • 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower

  • 1/2 cup chopped brinjals (any variety)

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

Grind to a paste

  • 1" piece ginger

  • 4-6 flakes garlic (optional)

  • 2-4 red/green chilles

To serve

  • pao (buns) - cut into halves

  • butter - enough to spread

  • 1 onion - sliced finely

  • yogurt minty dip


  1. Chop all vegetables. Mash boiled potatoes roughly.

  2. Pressure cook all vegetables together with 1/2 cup water to give one whistle. Remove from fire.

  3. Grind ginger, garlic an green chillies to a paste.

  4. Heat oil. Add onions and cook till transparent.

  5. Add ginger paste and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame.

  6. Add pao-bhaji masala and salt.

  7. Add tomatoes and cook covered for 6-8 minutes. Mash them well.

  8. Add pressure cooked vegetables and potatoes. Cook for 6-8 minutes, mashing them continuously. Keep aside till serving time.

  9. At serving time heat the bhaji. Add butter and chopped coriander.

  10. Mix the finely sliced onions in yogurt minty dip and keep aside.

  11. To serve, cut buns into half. spread some butter on them on the cut side and press lightly on a hot tawa till heated well.

  12. Serve hot pao-bhaji sprinkled with fresh coriander and a dollop of butter, along with hot buns and some onions and chutney.


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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum, this looks and sounds great. I will try it on a weekend when I have that urge to cook something different. Thanks, Hyphenbird.

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      cloudy_cool 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks jackavc!

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      jackavc 7 years ago from Australia

      Can't wAit to try this one. Looks great

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      cloudy_cool 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Kannanwrites & PaperNotes fro your kind comments,

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Wow, this seems like a great treat. Gotta try it. Thanks.

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      Kannan Reddy 7 years ago from Mumbai

      My Weekend brunch.

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      cloudy_cool 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Bianca! This one's a favorite of my husband!

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      biancapaloma 7 years ago

      Sounds yummy! Thanks!