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Masala Pav Bread Recipe

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Masala pav

Masala pav

Masala Pav Is a Crowd-Pleasing Snack

We all sometimes crave a healthy yet deliciously savory snack, and masala pav perfectly fits the bill. This snack is super easy and quick to make. Buy ready-made pav buns from the store, make the spicy masala and garnishes ahead of time—and then you'll be ready to assemble and serve any time you wish.

Masala pav is an excellent combination of butter-toasted pav bread; spicy masala filling and topping made with sauteed tomatoes, onions, capsicum, and spices; and garnishes of freshly chopped onions and coriander leaves.

With one or two lemon wedges on the side, it makes a filling and delicious teatime snack, evening snack, or party appetizer.

Cook Time

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10 min

20 min

30 min

3 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 pav buns
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste or minced ginger and garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons pav bhaji masala, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water or as needed
  • 6 teaspoons butter (1 teaspoon per pav bun)
  • 6 teaspoons chopped onions (1 teaspoon per pav bun), for garnish
  • 3 teaspoons freshly chopped coriander leaves (1/2 teaspoon per pav bun), for garnish
  • 3 to 6 lemon wedges (1 to 2 per serving)

Instructions

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a heated deep-bottomed pan. Keeping the pan at medium heat, add cumin seeds. Allow them to crackle. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.
  2. Throw in the chopped onions and some salt. Adding salt quickens the cooking. Continue to saute the mixture until the onions become transparent.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and chopped capsicum. Increase the heat and saute for 3 minutes or until the tomatoes become mushy. The mixture should be almost dry.
  4. Lower the heat. Add all of the masala powders one by one: turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and the remaining salt. Combine well and continue to saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, chopped coriander leaves, and 1/2 cup water. Mix well.
  6. Saute the mixture for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture becomes semi-solid (almost dry). Turn off the heat. The spicy masala is now ready.
  7. Start making masala pav. Heat a griddle or flat pan over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of butter. Slice the pav bun horizontally through the middle and spread on the melted butter. Toast both sides of the pav (refer to photo below).
  8. Generously spread the spicy masala on one half of the pav bun. Top it with some chopped onions and chopped coriander leaves. Place the other half of the pav bun on top. Add a generous amount of masala on top and garnish with chopped onions and chopped coriander leaves.
  9. Gently press it with a spatula to make the pieces stick together so that you can hold it as a single unit.
  10. Make the rest of the masala pav in the same manner. Serve with 1 or 2 lemon wedges.

Photo Tutorial

Step one: Add butter to a heated pan. Keep the pan at medium heat.

Step one: Add butter to a heated pan. Keep the pan at medium heat.

Add cumin seeds. Allow them to crackle.

Add cumin seeds. Allow them to crackle.

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.

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Step two: Add chopped onions and some salt. Saute until the onions become transparent.

Step two: Add chopped onions and some salt. Saute until the onions become transparent.

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Increase the heat and add chopped tomatoes.

Increase the heat and add chopped tomatoes.

Add chopped capsicum. Saute the mixture for 3 minutes or until the tomatoes become mushy. By now, the mixture should be almost dry. Lower the heat.

Add chopped capsicum. Saute the mixture for 3 minutes or until the tomatoes become mushy. By now, the mixture should be almost dry. Lower the heat.

Step three: Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and remaining salt. Combine well and saute the mixture for a minute.

Step three: Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and remaining salt. Combine well and saute the mixture for a minute.

The mixture

The mixture

Step four: Add a tablespoon of butter, chopped coriander leaves, and half a cup of water. Mix well.

Step four: Add a tablespoon of butter, chopped coriander leaves, and half a cup of water. Mix well.

Saute for 1 or 2 minutes or until the mixture becomes semi-solid. Turn off the heat. Now, the masala for making masala pav is ready!

Saute for 1 or 2 minutes or until the mixture becomes semi-solid. Turn off the heat. Now, the masala for making masala pav is ready!

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Step five: Start making masala pav. Heat a pan and add butter. Cut a pav bun horizontally in the middle and place it on the pan. Toast it lightly on both sides.

Step five: Start making masala pav. Heat a pan and add butter. Cut a pav bun horizontally in the middle and place it on the pan. Toast it lightly on both sides.

Reduce the heat. Generously top each piece with the masala. Garnish both the pieces with freshly chopped onions and coriander leaves. Place one piece above the other as shown here.

Reduce the heat. Generously top each piece with the masala. Garnish both the pieces with freshly chopped onions and coriander leaves. Place one piece above the other as shown here.

Gently press it with a spatula so that both halves stick together. Turn off heat. Transfer the masala pav to a serving plate.

Gently press it with a spatula so that both halves stick together. Turn off heat. Transfer the masala pav to a serving plate.

Serve masala pav hot with 1 or 2 lemon wedges. Eat while sprinkling a few drops of lemon juice on the garnishes. Enjoy this masala pav as an evening snack, teatime snack, or party appetizer.

Serve masala pav hot with 1 or 2 lemon wedges. Eat while sprinkling a few drops of lemon juice on the garnishes. Enjoy this masala pav as an evening snack, teatime snack, or party appetizer.

Comments

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on April 15, 2021:

Thanks, MG Singh for your lovely comment. Masala Pav is an easy-to-make tasty snack.

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on April 15, 2021:

True, Ravi Rajan. Masala Pav is a popular Mumbai street food. Now, it has gained popularity in other Indian cities too because of its deliciousness.

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on April 15, 2021:

Thanks for your inspiring comment, Umesh Chandra Bhatt. Indeed this is a tasty snack.

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on April 15, 2021:

Lovely comment, Urwa. Please go ahead, make this snack, and enjoy!

MG Singh from UAE on April 14, 2021:

nice recipe. looks yummy.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 14, 2021:

Amazing recipe Shaila. Being a Mumbaikar, you would well know that both pav bhaji and vada-pav are the super foods on which Mumbai runs from the poorest to the stinking rich. Thanks for sharing this mouth watering recipe.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 14, 2021:

Mouth watering preparation.

Iqra from East County on April 14, 2021:

Pav Bread Filling and Topping is so delicious, I must follow this recipe

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