Pav – Bhaji Pot Pie – Indian spiced vegetable pot pie

Pav Bhaji is a famous Indian fast food, especially in Mumbai and the regions of Maharashtra. You can find almost every roadside food vendor with a big masher mashing away something on a huge flat round griddle or Tava. And frying some crisp pav or bread.

Pav Bhaji literally means Bread with vegetables. A spicy lovely combination of numerous vegetables, mashed, cooked and saute’d with a magic spice mix! The Pav- fluffy buns are toasted untill crisp on the hot iron tawa, and the Bhaji is served with dollop of butter! The bhaji is garnished with chopped onions, sev and lemon juice! Now this is the epitome of deliciousness and various flavors combined in one dish! I can imagine all you guys out there just drooling over the thought of the last time you had this yummy dish 🙂

Having spent almost all my life in Maharashtra, Pav bhaji was a part of all my growing up years. The birthday parties of my school friends, where the moms served yummy homemade pav bhaji with birthday cake. The special holiday treats when Dad would take us for a pav bhaji meal followed by ice cream! The girls meet up with my best friends during college days, perfect combination of gossip and a yum spicy pav bhaji. 🙂 The life saver and happy meal after a bad day at work ! Gosh I am getting nostalgic!! 🙂

So this is how badly I love Pav Bhaji!! 🙂 And that’s what made me think of this delicious version of  Veggie Pot Pie for a chilly winter evening! This is a beautiful vegetarian option to capture the flavors of the vegetables and a pie! And it’s so worth it when you dive in for a bite full of deep flavors, magically spiced soft vegetables and the flaky crispy pastry! Please try this and you are gonna to love this! 🙂


  • 1 cup of cauliflower florets
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and boiled, cut into large chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper,chopped
  • 4-5 fresh green beans, diced
  • 1/2 cup green peas, fresh or thawed
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped (preferably red onions)
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 2 tspn oil
  • 1/2 tspn. turmeric powder
  • 1 tspn chili powder or red chili paste
  • 1 heaped tspn Pav Bhaji masala powder ( Use Everest or Shaan)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tspn sugar
  • Frozen Puff Pastry , thawed ( I used Pepperidge farm pastry sheet)

For garnishing:

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Grated mozarella cheese
  • 2 tspn Lemon Juice
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Crispy Sev (optional)
  • Fresh Butter


  • For the filling, heat the oil in a deep saucepan. Saute the onions in the oil until the onions are golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Then add the cauliflower florets, baby carrots, green beans and green peppers. Mix well, sprinkle with 1/2 tspn salt and fry the vegetables on medium heat. For about 5 minutes.The vegetables should be crunchy but should not turn mushy.
  • Then add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder, sugar and pav bhaji masala, mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • The add in the green peas, and the boiled potatoes. Mix well and saute further for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Taste the filling for salt and Pav bhaji masala, you can add in more of the masala if required. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • At least 1/2 hour before the filling is ready, roll the puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface to a square.
  • Place the sheet on a cutting board. Directly onto the dough, invert the mini ramekin or the bowl. With a sharp knife, cut around the bowl or ramekin so that you have a perfect circle, leaving a 2 inch space.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Transfer the filling to the ramekins or the bowl you are using for your pot pies. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Invert the pastry sheet on the ramekin or the bowl, pressing lightly to seal overhanging crust to the side of the bowl. With a fork make small holes in the center of the pastry, this will allow the steam to vent.
  • Place the ramekins on a baking sheet, bake for 20- 25 minutes. After 20 minutes keep checking and bake until the crust is golden brown. Serve hot.
  • Your house will be filled with the smell of the vegetables and the magical spices!
  • Garnish with cilantro and chopped onions, and a dollop of butter. Serve with crispy Indian sev alongside to get that Mumbai feel!


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19 thoughts on “Pav – Bhaji Pot Pie – Indian spiced vegetable pot pie

  1. Charul @ Tadka Masala November 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm Reply

    You have given a makeover to my top fav dish in the world. And let me tell you this, I take pav-bhaji very seriously and dont like ppl messing with it. But you can chill, bcoz I loved yours. 😛
    Wow! It looks so delicious. 🙂

    • Delicious Pot November 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm Reply

      Hahaha… Ohh thanks a lot Charul !
      and yes I agree on that, I really dont like ppl messing with it… its a rockstar dish! 🙂

  2. ideflex November 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm Reply

    This is perfect for tomorrow’s dinner – thanks for visiting (and for the recipe)!

  3. petit4chocolatier November 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm Reply

    This looks so delicious! The crust looks perfect and the filling is absolutely over the top!

    I hope you don’t mind I reblog it on my reblog page?

    • Delicious Pot November 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm Reply

      Glad you liked it! Ohh sure… go ahead. And thanks for your compliment 🙂

  4. Shut Up & Cook November 3, 2012 at 2:35 am Reply

    I absolutely LOVE pot pie, and I LOVE indian food, so this is postively calling to me!

    • Delicious Pot November 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm Reply

      Yeah right. youre gonna to love the indian flavours in this pie! njoy 🙂

  5. Allison November 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Yum, that looks so delicious!

  6. Danika November 4, 2012 at 2:49 am Reply

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    • Delicious Pot November 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm Reply

      Ohh I am sorry about that, my email subscription link was misplaced! Now you can see it top right corner… thank you 🙂

  7. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita) November 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply

    This is such a creative and interesting twist on one of my all time favorites. This looks really delicious!

  8. relaxingcooking November 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm Reply

    I love indian food, this looks absolutely delicious!

  9. Richa November 6, 2012 at 7:06 am Reply

    oooh i love love this idea.. i am making these pot pies for thanksgiving!

  10. Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric November 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm Reply

    OMG – this is heaven on a plate!!! I’m sooo in love with Pav Bhaji and this recipe takes it to the next level. Great job!

  11. organizedisland November 24, 2012 at 4:40 am Reply

    That looks so delicious! I love pot pies!

  12. ideflex November 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm Reply

    It was delicious! Across the Bored is nominating you for the Liebster Award – – whether you choose to participate or not (and for the “rules”), please know that we have found much inspiration from your blog!

  13. Jina @ Soy and Ginger January 2, 2013 at 5:47 am Reply

    Hi there, I’ve also nominated you for the Liebster Award! (I see the person before me beat me to it) To accept, follow the link, answer the meme at the end of the post and spread the love to other bloggers 🙂

  14. Kitcehen Queen January 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm Reply

    who need a bread when you have this crunchy crust on top , nice twist to this humble dish. do visit mine.

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