Pao Bhaji!!! :D

Well, this one needs no introduction. You can find it being offered in the narrowest alleys and the biggest high-street restaurants alike. This lip-smacking dish is loaded with flavors and very easy to make using any one of the readily available spice-mix. Here it goes… 


  • Pao/ Bread slice
  • Potato (medium sized) – 2
  • Onion – 1 Big
  • Tomato – 2
  • Capsicum (medium) – 1
  • Green peas – 6-7
  • Carrots (medium – small) – 2
  • Garlic – 5-6 cloves
  • Butter – at least 50gm (though more the merrier)
  • Pao Bhaji spice mix – 4 teaspoons
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel potatoes and carrots
  • Chop potatoes, carrots, ½ onion, 1 tomato, ½ capsicum into 1 inch cubes
  • Put them into a pressure cooker along with peas. Add 1 cup water and put them to boil
  • Turn of the gas after 1 whistle and let the pressure release itself
  • When the pressure in the cooker is released, match the vegetables in it

Finely chop the remaining ½ onion, 1 tomato, ½ capsicum and garlic

  • In a pan, heat oil, add garlic, onion, capsicum to it and saute for 1-2 minutes
  • Now lower the flame, add tomatoes, spice mix and salt (you can adjust the amount of spice mix based on how strong flavors you like)
  • Turn the flame back up to medium and mix
  • Keep constantly stirring for few minutes until the tomatoes are done. Usually just saute until tomatoes don’t look raw
  • Add the mashed vegetables to it and mix well
  • Add a bit of water to make it like a loose paste. Cover it and let it cook over low flame for 10-15 minutes. Keep stirring at an interval of 4-5 minutes
  • On a flat pan, add butter (depending on how rich you want you Pao Bhaji to taste!) and bake your bread/ Pao on it
  • Serve hot!!

Try it out guys and let me know your feedback. Hope you like it! Btw credits for this recipe goes to my wife, Nikita!  

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