Instant Pot Pav Bhaji Recipe

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Loriana Johnson Modified: March 21, 2022
Instant Pot Pav Bhaji Recipe

How To Make Instant Pot Pav Bhaji

Taste the popular Indian street food at your home with this pot pav bhaji recipe. You can enjoy this with pav or dinner rolls. Simply delicious.

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • 1tbspavocado oil
  • 2chili peppers
  • 2bay leaves
  • ½ cinnamon stickbroken into big pieces
  • 1onionfinely chopped
  • 2pcsRoma tomatoesdiced
  • 1cupcrushed tomatoes
  • 4pcsgarlicsfinely chopped
  • 1tspgingergrated
  • 2tsppaprika
  • ½tspred chili powder
  • ½tspturmeric
  • 2tsppav bhaji spice
  • ¼tspgaram masala
  • 2cupswater
  • 1 cauliflowercoarsely chopped
  • 1pcmedium eggplantcoarsely chopped
  • 3pcsmedium potatoescoarsely cubed
  • 2cupsmixed vegetablefrozen


  1. Press “Saute” mode on Instant Pot.

  2. Heat avocado oil and whole spices.

  3. Add onions and tomatoes and saute until onions are translucent. Then, add garlic, ginger, crushed tomatoes, salt, paprika, red chili powder, turmeric, pav bhaji spice pack, and garam masala.

  4. Add 1 cup of water. Mix well. Let gravy cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent gravy from burning.

  5. Add all the vegetables and mix well with the gravy. Add the remaining water and mix well.

  6. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and press ‘Cancel’ and then press “Steam” and adjust the time to 12 minutes. Set the valve to ‘Sealing’ mode.

  7. Once the Instant Pot completes the cycle, it will beep. Carefully open the lid once it is safe to do so.

  8. Using a potato masher or handheld immersion blender, mash all the cooked veggies and mix well to incorporate with the gravy.

  9. Serve with buttered and toasted bread. For a low carb option, you can serve on romaine or butter lettuce.

  10. Garnish with chopped cilantro, lemon, and finely chopped onions. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 316.32kcal
  • Fat: 4.93g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.85g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.09g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.34g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.92g
  • Fiber: 14.31g
  • Sugar: 12.14g
  • Protein: 11.55g
  • Sodium: 421.83mg
  • Calcium: 176.47mg
  • Potassium: 1601.41mg
  • Iron: 6.34mg
  • Vitamin A: 398.31µg
  • Vitamin C: 108.54mg
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