Pav Bhaji: Spicy Indian Vegetable Mash on Bread

Many people seem to be afraid of bread these days. Especially white bread. Granted, it might not be a nutritional powerhouse on its own, but in this recipe it’s the perfect vehicle for a delicious mash of 6 different vegetables, laden with spices and topped with coriander and onions. While this popular Mumbai street food traditionally uses soft white rolls, I decided on freshly baked ciabatta bread. Like all curries, this stuff gets even better over time. I know, because I also had some for lunch the next day.


Ingredients (for 2) – recipe adapted from Made in India by Meera Sodha

100 g potatoes

20 g butter (plus extra to finish) (substitute with olive oil if vegan)

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic

2 cm ginger, peeled and grated

1 medium aubergine, cut into 1 cm cubes

200 g tomato passata

1/2 tbsp tomato purée

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp garam masala

pinch of turmeric

3/4 tsp salt

generous pinch of cayenne pepper

125 cauliflower broken into very small bits

1/2 red onion, very finely chopped

fresh coriander

lemon wedges

  • Peel and chop the potatoes in small chunks, boil for 10 minutes, drain, mash and set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a wide bottomed lidded frying pan on medium heat. When butter starts to foam, add onions and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until golden.
  • Add garlic and ginger and stir well.
  • After a minute add the aubergines to the pan and cover.
  • Stir now and again until soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree and passata, cook for 5-7 minutes, till you get a thick red mash.
  • Add cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Add mash potato and crumbled cauliflower. Stir well and cook for another 10-15 minutes, or until completely soft. You might need to add a little hot water at this poing.
  • Take off the heat, mash everything with a big masher and stir a knob of butter through the mixture.
  • Put on your bread of choice and finish off with a squeeze of lemon, some fresh coriander…


  • …and don’t forget the finely chopped red onion!
  • Now you can take a bite. Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Pav Bhaji: Spicy Indian Vegetable Mash on Bread

  1. I won’t even waste my efforts on comments..

    Please take my Indian citizenship and settle here…trust me we wouldn’t even realize someone came from abroad !

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