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!








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