Pav Chickpeas Bhaji (With No Potatoes)

Pav Bhaji1

Pav bhaji is most popular fast food of Mumbai. This dish is served on bread and garnished with coriander and chopped onions.
If you love to eat Pav bhaji, you can prepare the bhaji at home using only boiled vegetables and omitting the potatoes. Similarly you can also cut down the fat content by using olive oil or any other oil instead of the butter. Skip the additional butter that is used while serving the bhaji. Your healthy pav bhaji is ready to eat. You can use brown bread instead of the pav to make it nutritious. Believe me your family would enjoy the pav bahji and you will be happy that you had a healthy version.

Serves: 4
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Preparation time: 15 minutes


For Pav:
• Whole wheat buns-8
• Low fat butter/spread-4tbsp

For bhaji:
• Cooked chickpeas-1cup
• Finely chopped capsicum-2num
• Finely chopped onion-1num
• Finely chopped tomatoes-5medium
• Finely chopped French beans-1/4cup
• Chopped spinach-1cup
• Frozen Peas-1/2cup
• Finely chopped green chillies-4num
• Finely chopped garlic-1tbsp
• Finely chopped ginger-2tsp
• Oil-1tbsp
• Chilli powder-1tsp
• Turmeric-1/2tsp
• Pav bhaji masala-2tsp

Pav Bhaji2

For serving:
• Finely chopped onion-1num
• Lemon wedges-4-5
• Chopped coriander-2tbsp

Pav Bhaji3

• Heat oil in the deep non-stick pan; Add onions, green chilli, ginger, garlic and saute on a medium flame for 1-2 minutes.
• Then add capsicum, tomatoes, beans and cook on a medium high flame for 4-5 minutes.
• Now add dry ingredients turmeric, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, salt mix and saute until the raw smell goes off.
• Then add frozen peas, spinach, cooked chickpeas and cook until all the veggies are mushy (approx. 10-12 minutes)
• Add upto 1 cup of water and continue until desired consistency is obtained stirring in between.
• As the veggies are well cooked mash it thoroughly using potato masher and turn off the flame.

For serving:
• Slice the bun into 2 horizontally. Apply spreadable/ butter to each side and toast it on the heated tawa until they are lightly browned. (approx. 1-2mins)
• Serve hot bhaji top with chopped onion, coriander and lemon wedges.

• Just to reduce the carb content have used chickpeas against conventional potatoes
• Pav bhaji masala is readily available in supermarket


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on May 13, 2014, in Indian, Starters and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen and commented:

    Indian Street food..Pav Bhaji with a variation using Chickpeas in place of Potatoes for a reduced carbs…Enjoy this mouth watering dish on a winter weekend


  2. looks delicioous

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  3. Sooo healthy and delicious!

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  4. I love how you always introduce me to new foods!


  5. Healthy and delicious gravy without potatoes, Chitra….

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  6. That’s a healthy twist to the good old pav bhaji….love the addition of spinach too….Thanks for sharing ☺

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  7. Yummy 🙂 Had tons of this.

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  8. By the time I finished reading, my mouth was watering 😛 I usually buy the ready to eat packs or have it from outside. Will try this & let you know. 🙂

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