Masala Pav

Masala Pav is a spicy, finger licking food available on chaat gaadis/stalls on the streets of Mumbai. Had this few times during my college days. Butter-laden pav stuffed with spicy mixture of tomato, onions and pav bhaji masala powder garnished with chopped coriander leaves, onions is served with generous dollops of butter that tastes delicious. The aroma of the masala makes you drool and you cannot pass these stalls without having some.

There are different recipes by different vendors. I googled for its recipe and opted Tarla dalal's recipe, made negligible variation to prepare them.

Ladi pavs 8

For the masala
Onion large sized finely chopped 1 
Tomatoes chopped  2
Capsicum small sized chopped  1
Garlic cloves grated 2
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Everest Pav bhaji masala powder 1 1/2 tsp  [ you can increase or decrease the quantity as per your preference for spicyness]
Lemon juice 1tsp
Butter 2 - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 tbsp and garnishing
Lemon wedges
Black salt optional 1/2 tsp

Nylon sev [optional] 
Grated cheese [optional]


Preparation of masala 
Heat oil +butter [ 1 tsp +1 tsp] in a pan. Add onions and saute them for 2 minutes or till onions turn tranlucent. Add capsicum and saute. Add grated garlic, tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute it for 5 minutes. Now add pav bhaji masala powder and salt as per the taste. Cook till all the ingredients blend well. Add lemon juice, chopped coriander leaves simmer on low flame for a minute and keep this masala aside.

Meanwhile slit the ladi pav, spread butter on both sides and grill this pav on heated pan/tawa. Smear the cooked masala on the inner side of the pav and roast it. Repeat the steps with the remaining ladi pav.

Garnish them with chopped tomatoes, onions, chopped coriander leaves, nylon sev[optional],  and serve them hot with lemon wedges.

You can also garnish the masala pav with grated cheese and serve it hot as cheese masala pav.

Happy snacking!!!

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  1. Hey

    Wow. That's so tempting. Very well presented..

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    Please do participate. Would love to have your amazing recipes at my blog.


  2. Hi Aparna,my bhabhi Santoshi tried this and it tasted simple fantastic.Ill be doing it soon :)