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With with end of school year programs, summer vacation and travel blogging took a back seat for me. I have been trying to post about pav b...

Pav Bhaji For 100

With with end of school year programs, summer vacation and travel blogging took a back seat for me. I have been trying to post about pav bhaji for some time and at last was able to take the photos to post it. Pav Bhaji is the easiest to serve for over 100 people or 4. A month ago I made them for more than 200 people for a yoga retreat and 10 year anniversary celebration. It was just a perfect street food to have on a cold night in La Jolla, Ca. One always wonders how much to prepare to serve 100 people. Typically 2 rectangle (larger) or four, 4 quart aluminum trays would serve 100 people. Once the veggies are chopped and all the prep work is done, believe me its super easy to prepare the pav bhaji with a help of a pressure cooker or Ipot.


Pressure cookers
Cutting Board
Onion Choppers
Aluminum Trays - 4 (4 quart) or 2 Rectangle
Measuring Cups and Spoons


Potato - 1 (4 quart) tray pealed and chopped chunky
Onion - 1 ( 4 quart ) tray finely chopped plus 1/4 tray for topping (white onions or brown onions)
Bell Peppers ( red, yellow, green, orange, red) - 1/2 (4 quart) tray chopped
Tomato - 1/2 (of 4 quart) tray
Cauliflower - 3/4 (of 4 quart ) tray
Peas and Carrots - 1/4 (quart) tray
Garlic - 3 bulbs chopped
Ginger - 4 inches grated
Cilantro - 3 bunches plus 3 cups of chopped for topping
Tomato Paste (tukas) - 1/2 cup
Kasthuri Methi - 4 tbsp crushed
Green Chilies - 2 chopped roughly ( seeds removed)
Shah Jeera (Cumin Seeds)- 1 tbsp
MTR Pav Bhaji Masala - 5 tsp ( add more for more spice)
Red Chili Powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1/4 of the pressure cooker/ Ipot plus more ( 2 cup)
Butter - 2 tbsp for Bhaji
Chilled/ Frozen Butter - 1/4 inch cubes for garnish.


1. In a pressure cooker add potato, cauliflower, carrot, peas, bell pepper,green chilies, water and salt.   Pressure cook on medium low to 4 to 5 whistles.

2. In a big wok add oil and shah jeera. Allow it to splatter. Then add onions, ginger and garlic and cook well. Add tomato paste and tomato and cook well. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, pav bhaji masala, kasthuri methi and cook on low heat until the masala is well incorporated.

3. Once the pressure releases on the cooker add it to the onion tomato mix and mix well. With a masher or electric hand blender roughly. Add cilantro and sugar and butter . Taste for salt etc and store away in aluminum trays or 3 crock pots and serve them hot with butter toasted bun or pav.

4. Top the bhaji with green chilies, fresh cilantro, raw onions, a small cube of frozen butter and slice of lemon.Serve with Pav.


  1. Srimathi, that is one yummy looking pav bhaji plate. I love it.

  2. Always a favorite.Looks delicious.

  3. Haven't had luck with the pav bhaji masala they sell in packages... kind of have a tangy taste (wonder where that comes from). But otherwise I love this street food!

    1. The ranginess is from dry mango powder which is called amchur in hindi

  4. Curious... how did you cook for 100 people??? And who were the lucky people who got to taste your food?

  5. Awesome!! You made pav bhaji for 100 people!!!! Looks delicious!!

  6. for 100 people omg thats too much..Pav bhaji is my favorite one.looks so delicious and nicely presented.I think ur frnds really enjoyed having this delicious snack ..

  7. OMG...that looks scrumptiously delicious...Very tempting click...!

  8. Cant take my eyes from the click, irresistible dish..my most favourite dish, mouthwatering here..

  9. this is indeed the simplest snack when you have a large number of guests..looks yumm..

  10. Srimathi, the preparation looks so colourful and tasty :) I loved that wonderful click :)

  11. This is simply lovely! I love pav bhaji-you are right can be served without pains to 100 or 4.

  12. Yah really missed ur post and comment . Samething with me too as year end school works all those made me so hectic for past few weeks.. By the way the pav bhaji is my very fav one.. looks too good and tempting click sri.

  13. Looks delicious. Bhaji color is so inviting. My favorite chat.

  14. Wow you made the bhaji for 100 people, that is awesome Srimathi ! I get intimidated when I have to cook for any number larger than 20 to 25, its great that you knew just how much to make ! The bhaji looks delightful and inviting...

  15. Wow....that looks so delicious. That pic is making me hungry :)

  16. oh man ... this looks super yummy ... Hari makes this always and it has always been a secret recipe with him . now, I think I shud give it a try with urs and surprise him ;) ... I love it

  17. Colourful and awesome. Love the click

  18. delicious..this is one of our favorites...n wow u cooked for 100 ppl..thats awesome..

  19. you cooked for 100 ppl??
    awesome......pav bhaji looks yummy...

  20. Wonderful taste.
    Tried it for 15 people. came out well.

  21. i have fond memories of eating pav bhaji from the smaller street-side shops in India - yummy! and your recipe makes it easy to replicate it at home :)

  22. I love makin pav bhaji's, yours look sooo delicious and inviting. I am craving for it now.

  23. Wow it looks yummy...making to crave for some now and u made it for 100ppl that's wonderful....way to go

  24. I am wanting to make this for 25 people , I also have Biryani , cake and samosa.So how much qqantity of veggies should I take?

    1. HI Anonymous,

      To feed 25 people you need to make 1 regular tray. At least 3 to 4 quart. So the best way to do this is to add the veggies into the tray and then when you cook them they must at least mush up to 3/4 of the quantity. Adding onions and tomatoes it will get you to the required quantity. All the best and please do let me know how it turned out.