The Spice Collective

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The ultimate Indian street food - a spiced, mashed veggie dish that is served with toasted, buttered rolls, chopped onion and squeeze of fresh lime A savory and flavorful blend to create Pav Bhaji - a spiced steamed vegetable dish served with buttery toasted rolls, lime, onion, and cilantro


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • ¾ cup green peas
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala by The Spice Collective
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


  1. Using the “Saute” setting on the Instant Pot, heat oil and 1 tbsp butter. Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, and bell pepper. Saute until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, carrot, peas, salt, water, and Pav Bhaji Masala. Mix well to incorporate the ingredients and spices.
  3. Close and lock the Instant Pot lid, set to “High Pressure” for 6 minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off, press “Cancel”, allow steam to release naturally for 10 minutes then manually release remaining steam by opening the vent, remove lid.
  5. Select the “Saute” setting, using a potato masher, mash the veggie and spice mixture (bhaji). Add tomato paste and 1 tbsp butter, stir well to incorporate.
  6. Loosely cover the pot with lid to avoid spattering, after 5 minutes stir to ensure the bhaji doesn’t stick to the bottom. If the bhaji looks a little watery, cover the pot and let the bhaji cook for another 5 minutes, add additional salt or spice blend to taste. Turn off Instant Pot and add chopped cilantro.
  7. Heat a pan or griddle over high heat, spread butter on both sides of the buns (pav), decrease heat to medium, toast buns on both sides until brown.
  8. Serve bhaji on a plate, with toasted buns. Top bhaji with a squeeze of lime and chopped red onion.


- ⅓ cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 limes, quartered
- ½ red onion, finely diced
- Dinner rolls or buns, sliced
- Butter