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Instant Pot Pav Bhaji

A flavorful mashed vegetable gravy with fluffy soft buns. Make this easy Instant Pot Pav Bhaji to give you a taste of India's most famous street food!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: Shweta


  • 2 tablespoons oil, vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 inch ginger, blended
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large potato, roughly cubed
  • 2 cups cauliflower, roughly cut
  • 1 cup broccoli, roughly cut
  • 1 cup carrots, roughly cut
  • 1 cup zucchini, roughly cut
  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • 1.5 tablespoon pav bhaji masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • cup water
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pack pav bhaji buns, soft dinner rolls, or hamburger buns


  • Turn Instant Pot in sauté mode and heat oil.
  • Temper the cumin seeds then add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until water is released and the mixture is a paste-like consistency. Then, add tomato paste and combine well. Turn instant pot off.
  • Add the potato, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and edamame. Then, add the turmeric, pav bhaji masala, salt, sugar, and water. Give it a quick stir and combine well.
  • Close the IP, turn valve to seal, and press manual mode, and set to 10 mins. Let the pressure release naturally (this takes about 15 minutes).
  • After pressure releases, use a potato masher or an immersion blender to mash to your desired consistency. Add lemon juice and combine well. Add two tablespoons of sliced butter on top.

For the Buns:

  • Slit the buns in half. Heat a pan on medium heat. Spread the remaining butter on each side of the buns. Place the buns on the pan and toast the buns on each side until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with the buns. Garnish pav bhaji with cilantro, garlic chutney of choice (optional), and serve with diced tomatoes and onions on the side.


  • Pav Bhaji Masalas are made differently so it's best to taste test your flavors before serving according to your preferences. I use the Badshah, MTR, or Shan pav bhaji masalas.
Keywords: Indian street food, instant pot