Masala Pav

Masala Pav – Step by step process to prepare masala pav.

This is a very famous dish served on the roadside stalls in Mumbai. It has almost all the ingredients of pav bhaji except potato & green peas. As pav bhaji is among the favorites of Mumbaikar, similarly, masala pav is also loved due to similar tastes. Onions, tomatoes & capsicum are the three ingredients required to prepare delicious Masala pav.

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Masala Pav
How to prepare masala pav

Details of masala pav

  • Serving – 2-3 people
  • Course – Snacks
  • Cuisine – Indian
  • Time to cook – 30 minutes

Ingredients for masala pav

  • 5 pav
  • 1 cup finely cut onion
  • 3/4 cup finely capsicum
  • 1 cup tomato
  • 2 finely cut green chilies
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp. pav bhaji masala
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely cut coriander
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Butter as required for toasting pav

Steps to prepare masala pav

  • In a pan, add 2 tbsp. oil and heat it on medium flame.
  • Once the oil is hot, add 1 tsp. cumin seeds. Fry for a minute.
  • Add 1 cup finely cut onions & to it add 1 tsp. salt. Lower the flame & fry the onions till they are translucent.
  • To this add 2 finely cut green chilies & 2 tbsp. ginger garlic paste.
  • Fry them till the raw smell of ginger & garlic goes away.
  • Now is the time to add 3/4 cup finely cut capsicum.
  • Also add 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. red chili powder and 2 and 1/2 tsp. pav bhaji masala. Also add 1/4 cup water.
  • Cover the pan with lid & let the masala fry for about 10 minutes. This will also soften the tomatoes & capsicum.
  • Mash the mixture with potato masher, until its roughly smooth.
  • Taste the masala and add salt or chili as per your tastes.
  • Make sure the masala is not having liquid, as it will make the pav soggy, when we make masala pav.
  • Remove the masala into a bowl.
  • Split open the pav from middle.
  • Add butter to the same pan & toast the pav from all sides. Even from inside.
  • Using a spoon, take the prepared masala & add it inside the pav while its still toasting. Its like stuffing the pav with masala.
  • Also add some masala over the top of the pav.
  • Once toasted, remove the pav from the pan & place it on serving dish.
  • Sprinkle some coriander & cheese over the pav. You can also squeeze lime over the pav.
  • Serve the pav immediately or else it will become soggy.


  • Add chili as per your preference.
  • You can also make masala in butter instead of oil.
Masala Pav
How to prepare masala pav

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