Healthy Pav Bhaji with Whole Wheat Buns Recipe

Transform your meal with our Pav Bhaji recipe, blending traditional flavors with healthy tweaks. It’s perfect for anyone craving a nutritious yet hearty meal.
A plate of curry garnished with cilantro sits in front of a wooden board holding three sliders filled with curry on whole wheat buns, also garnished with cilantro, on a white surface—a perfect recipe for healthy pav bhaji.

Priya’s healthier take on Mumbai’s iconic pav bhaji is a reflection of her commitment to clean eating and fitness. By using whole wheat buns and packing the bhaji with extra vegetables, this dish maintains its delicious flavor while offering a more nutritious option. For Priya, it’s all about balance, allowing her to enjoy her favorite local dishes without compromising on her health goals.

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Healthy Pav Bhaji with Whole Wheat Buns Recipe

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A healthier version of Mumbai's favorite street food, pav bhaji, made with extra vegetables and served with whole wheat buns.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 316 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $7.50
Shopping Cost$33


  • Large skillet or pan
  • Potato masher
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 potatoes large, boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables peas, carrots, cauliflower, boiled and mashed
  • 1 onion large, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pav bhaji masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1- inch ginger grated
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Juice lemon
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
    2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Add the chopped onion and sauté until golden brown. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
    1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1- inch ginger
  • Stir in the green bell pepper and cook until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
    1 green bell pepper, 2 tomatoes
  • Add the mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pav bhaji masala, and salt. Mix well and cook for 10-15 minutes, mashing the mixture with a potato masher until smooth.
    2 potatoes, 1 cup mixed vegetables, 2 tablespoons pav bhaji masala, Salt to taste
  • Add lemon juice and chopped cilantro, and mix well. Adjust seasoning as needed.
    Juice lemon, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Toast the whole wheat buns with a little butter in a separate pan until golden brown.
    4 whole wheat buns
  • Serve the pav bhaji hot, with the toasted buns on the side.


Adjust the spice level by adding more or less pav bhaji masala.
Use any combination of your favorite vegetables for the bhaji.


Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 288mgPotassium: 895mgFiber: 8gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3393IUVitamin C: 62mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Healthy Indian Food, Pav Bhaji, Street Food, Whole Wheat Buns

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