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Hawker Style Vegan Indian Vegetable Chili/ Pav Bhaji

Bhaji Pao“, an all time favourite street food this medley of potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper and green peas is available from food hawkers across India. I use this recipe as an excellent way of finishing up all the lingering vegetables at the end of the week 😃 This is a low fat vegan version as, oodles of butter are used in the original version.

To make 6 servings,

  • Potatoes, chopped – 1 cup
  • Cauliflower, chopped – 1 cup
  • Bell Pepper, chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Beans, sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Carrots, chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Green Peas – 1/2 cup
  • Onion, chopped – 1 medium sized
  • Tomato Paste – 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic Cloves, minced – 4 to 5
  • Ginger, minced – 2″ inch piece
  • Red Chillies, deseeded & sliced – 1 or 2, as preferred
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped finely – 2 tablespoons

SPICE MIX : Roast 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg until aromatic. Cool and grind to a fine powder.


  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed deep pan and coat well ( I used my trusty pressure cooker!)
  • Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger and chillie until aromatic.
  • Add the spice mix and stir in the turmeric and tomato paste.
  • Stir in all the vegetables and season with salt.
  • Add in the water and cover cooked until the veggies are soft and can be mashed with the back of a spatula.
  • Take off the heat and mash the vegetables well.
  • Sprinkle with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with “Pao/ Pav” rolls, red onion slices and lemon juice sprinkled over the top. Enjoy!










I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️