Instant Pot Pav Bhaji – Easy Mumbai Cheese Pav Bhaji

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No one can repudiate the enticing temptation of Pav Bhaji. This homemade Instant Pot Pav Bhaji – Easy Mumbai Cheese Pav Bhaji recipe is simple, quick, inexpensive, and a family favorite.

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Instant Pot Pav Bhaji – Easy Mumbai Cheese Pav Bhaji – is super Mumbaikar

I’ve gone super “Mumbaikar” on us with this recipe. There’s hardly a more classic Mumbai meal then good old pav bhaji! Last week when I was visiting Mumbai, I had cheese pav bhaji. And it was AMAZING. I don’t know a single child kid that would ever turn this down for dinner.

instant pot pav bhaji

So if you still want an uncomplicated, family-pleasing meal come dinner time, make this tried-and-true Instant Pot Pav Bhaji – Easy Mumbai Cheese Pav Bhaji.

What is Pav Bhaji?

Pav Bhaji is a Maharashtrian fast food dish. Bhaji is a gravy cooked by mixing a variety of mashed vegetables, and potatoes. It is served with bread (pav).

How do I make Instant Pot Pav Bhaji – Easy Mumbai Cheese Pav Bhaji?

Firstly, select sauté on the Instant Pot. Further, add in butter to the pot.

saute butter in intant pot

Furthermore, throw in cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds splutter add in diced onions and fresh minced ginger and garlic.

add onions, ginger and garlic

Cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes until golden in color.

Subsequently add the Kashmiri chili powder, pav bhaji masala, ground coriander powder, salt and ¼ cup water. Stir well and let it sauté for a minute.

add dry spices

Next add in pureed tomatoes and let them sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until the raw tomato odor is eliminated.

add tomato puree to instant pot

Then add in all the chopped vegetables and potatoes and let them sauté for a minute.

add vegetables to instant pot

Finally add in ¾ cup water. Mix well and make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Press cancel. At this time secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize.

Open the lid and add using an immersion blender coarsely blend the bhaji for a few seconds. Don’t blend it super fine. It needs to have some texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender  you can use a potato masher or the back of a ladle.

blend the mix in instant pot

Add in lemon juice and ½ cup cheese and mix well. Garnish with cilantro.

Serving:

Top the bhaji with ¼ cup cheese before serving. The heat of the bhaji will melt the cheese. Additionally, you can add some butter (about 2 tablespoons). Serve pav bhaji with onions and chopped serrano peppers on the side.

Pav:

Toast the pavs with tons of butter on a pan until crisp or golden brown and serve them hot. I typically use dinner rolls. Alternately you can use hamburger buns. Whatever works for you.

toast the pav on a pan with butter

Tips:

  • The Kashmiri chili powder and beet root embarks a great color to the bhaji.
  • Make sure to serve the bhaji with a side of onions and serrano peppers.
  • You can eliminate the cheese if you’d like and make it like plain pav bhaji. I however highly recommend adding cheese.
  • Use fresh parmesan cheese and fresh ginger garlic. You can buy the block of parmesan cheese and grate it or buy freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • I used MDH Pav Bhaji Masala. That is one of my favorites. You could also use Everest Pav Bhaji Masala.

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Instant Pot Pav Bhaji – Easy Mumbai Cheese Pav Bhaji

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cheese Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Cheese Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Easy Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Mumbai Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Quick Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Spicy Cheese Pav Bhaji, Instant Pot Spicy Pav Bhaji, Mumbai Pav Bhaji, Pressure cooker Pav Bhaji
Servings: 8

Ingredients

For the Bhaji

  • 1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tsp  cumin seeds  (jeera)
  • 1 onion medium ( 1 and 1/2 cup finely chopped)
  • 1 inch ginger, fresh (grated) (1/2 tbsp grated)
  • 8 cloves garlic, fresh (minced) (1 tbsp minced)
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 4 tbsp pav bhaji masala (MDH or Everest)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander     (dhaniya powder)
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water (divided)
  • 5 tomatoes large (pureed) (4 cups pureed)
  • 5 yukon gold potatoes (2 and 1/2 cups chopped)
  • 1/4 cauliflower head (2 and 1/4 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 cup green beans (chopped)
  • 1/2 bellpepper (capsicum)
  • 1 and 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup beet root (grated)
  • 1 whole lemon (1 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves (dhaniya ke patte)

For Serving

  • 3 serrano peppers (optional) (hari mirch diced finely)
  • 1/2 onion (optional but recommended) (diced finely)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted and unsalted) (optional)

For Pav

  • 20 dinner rolls
  • 6 tbsp butter (unsalted)

Instructions

Prep

  • Rinse, peel and chop the potatoes to 4 inch cubes.
  • Rinse and chop the cauliflower head to small florets of about 2 inches.
  • Rinse and chop the green beans, bell pepper, and carrots.
  • Rinse and dice the onions and cilantro finely. Puree the tomatoes.
  • Grate and mince the ginger and garlic. Grate the cheese block.

Cook the Bhaji

  • Select sauté on the instant pot. Further, add in butter to the pot.
  • Throw in cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds splutter add in diced onions and fresh minced ginger and garlic.
  • Cook the onions for 3 to 4 minutes until golden in color. Add the Kashmiri chili powder, pav bhaji masala, ground coriander powder, salt, and ¼ cup water. Stir well and let it sauté for a minute.
  • Add in pureed tomatoes and let them sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until the raw tomato odor is eliminated.
  • Add in all the chopped vegetables (cauliflower, green beans, bellpepper, green peas, carrots, beet root) and potatoes and let them sauté for a minute.
  • Finally add in ¾ cup water. Mix well and make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Press cancel. At this time secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve. Select manual and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Open the lid and add using an immersion blender coarsely blend the bhaji for a few seconds. Don’t blend it super fine. It needs to have some texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a potato masher or the back of a ladle.
  • Add in lemon juice and ½ cup cheese and mix well. Garnish with cilantro.

For the Pav

  • Toast the pavs with tons of butter on a pan on medium heat until crisp or golden brown and serve them hot.

For Serving

  • Serve the bhaji hot. Top the bhaji with ¼ cup cheese before serving. The heat of the bhaji will melt the cheese. Additionally, you can add some butter (about 2 to 3 tablespoons). Serve pav bhaji with chopped onions and chopped serrano peppers on the side.
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