Pav Bhaji Pasta

I have been wanting to make this pasta for quite some time now.  Those of you who do not know what Pav Bhaji is, it is basically a mixture of spicy boiled and then mashed vegetables like potatoes, onions, peas, tomatoes and green peppers. It is one of the most popular street foods in India, particularly Mumbai and growing up, mom made pav bhaji at least a few times a month. I used to pile the the bhaji (the vegetables) between two pav (buns), and add a slice of cheese to it- STILL the best way to eat it in my humble opinion 😉 This Pav Bhaji pasta is made in just 30 minutes and serves as a great lunch, or side dish that both adults and children would thorougly enjoy. I chose to forego the potatoes since I was using pasta but try not to skip the peas! They add just the right amount of sweetness! Happy Eating 🙂

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Pav Bhaji Pasta

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Ingredients

4 Cups Cooked Bowtie Pasta (about 12 ounces dry pasta)

2 plum tomatoes, diced small

1 Onion, diced small

1 small bell pepper, diced small

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 tbsp Badshah Pav Bhaji Masala

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 cup Half & Half

1 Lime, Squeezed

2 1/2 tbsp oil

salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a small nonstick pot, heat oil over medium heat. 
  3. Once oil is hot, add onions and green peppers. Cook until onions are translucent and peppers have softened.
  4. Add tomatoes, garlic and rest of the dry seasonings.
  5. Continue to cook for about 10 minutes on medium/low heat, stirring constantly. 
  6. Add peas and half and half to pot and reduce the sauce slightly, will take about 5 minutes.
  7. Add cooked pasta, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Mix well and serve hot with lime wedges and diced red onion.
 

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  • Hi, this recipe looks so interesting and I’m going to go ahead and make it tonight! Quick question – I see you adding cream in the pictures but it’s not mentioned anywhere in the recipe. Is it required and if so how much?

  • Hi, it’s me again sorry for the above question. Went through and realised you mentioned half and half. Anyways made it an it tastes great! Thanks ☺️

    • So glad you tried it! I’ve had friends make this with whole wheat pasta and fat free half & half and they’ve been very happy with that as well. I recently made it with elbow macaroni and added in whatever cheese I had in my fridge (sliced Amul cheese lol) and made it into this AMAZING pav bhaji mac & cheese 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Omg this looks so yummy can’t wait to try it. Where can I buy Badshah Pav Bhaji Masala & is it necessary for the dish?

  • This recipe was delicious!! I didn’t have Badshah Pav Bhaji masala so I used the one I had at home but I’ll definitely try the Badshah one if it’s really good. I had to double all the ingredients for the sauce to make it a good sauce to pasta ratio because my pasta box was more than 12 ounces.

  • You know it’s a hit when your husband and kids eat it. We all loved it! Thanks for helping me mix up my dinner routine. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.