Masala Pav

Masala Pav – the famous street food of Mumbai is a tasty dish made by stuffing butter laden pav with spicy onion tomato masala. The masala is cooked on a tava/pan, topped over the toasted bread, and garnished with chopped onions and  coriander. This makes for a great evening snack. Here’s the recipe:


8 Pav
1 large  onion, finely chopped (pyaaz)
2 tomatoes, finely chopped (tamatar)
1 medium sized capsicum, finely chopped (simla mirch)
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste (adrak lehsun paste)
½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilly powder (laal mirch powder)
1 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (dhaniya)
Butter (makhan)
Salt as per taste (namak)
Few lemon wedges

For Garnishing

Chopped onions
Chopped coriander
Sev (optional)


  • Heat a pan.
  • Add 1 tsp butter.
  • When the butter starts melting, add cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds start spluttering, add ginger garlic paste and saute.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes. Cook till it turns mushy.
  • Add chopped capsicum and mix.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder and pavbhaji masala.
  • Add salt, 1/4 cup water and cook the mixture on a low flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Bring the masala to one side of the pan.
  • Add butter on the empty space of the pan.
  • When the butter melts, place the pav on the butter and toast them on both sides.
  • Place a spoonful of  masala on the pav and spread evenly on the pav. 
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the masala.
  • Add chopped onions and fresh coriander.
  • Repeat the same process with the remaining pav.
  • Place the pav on a serving plate and garnish with chopped onions, coriander leaves and sprinkle some sev over it.
  • Serve hot.

Note :

  1. Garnishing with sev is optional.
  2. You can also add grated cheese alongwith the stuffing.
  3. The stuffing can be made in different ways. Mashed, boiled potatoes can also be added to the onion tomato masala. 



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