instant pot pav bhaji myheartbeets

Instant Pot Pav Bhaji

  • Author: My Heart Beets
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • ½ cup water
  • 2 russet potatoes (approx. 1 pound total), peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • ½ head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • ½ bell pepper, chopped (I prefer to use red bell pepper for color and flavor)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 small green chili or ½ serrano pepper, optional and adjust to taste
  • 1 cup (frozen or thawed) onion masala


  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons kasoori methi leaves (dried fenugreek leaves), crushed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon amchur powder (dried mango powder)
  • ½ teaspoon fennel powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼½ teaspoon cayenne or red chilli powder, optional and adjust to taste
  • 3 teaspoons paprika (for color)

Add later

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cilantro, garnish
  • Red onion, garnish
  • Green chilis, chopped, optional garnish 


  • Serve with Pav (buttered rolls)


  1. Add all of the ingredients except for those listed under “add later” to the pot.
  2. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes.
  3. Quick release pressure.
  4. Use a potato masher or a wooden spoon to mash the vegetables. You can add some water at this point if needed to adjust the bhaji to desired consistency.
  5. Stir the butter and lemon juice into the pot.
  6. Serve with Pav (buttered rolls) and garnish with chopped cilantro, red onion and green chilis (optional). You can also top the bhaji with extra butter!


  • This is a popular dish with kiddos – however, if you are making this for kids you will likely want to omit the green chilies AND the cayenne (unless your child is older and/or can tolerate spicy foods)
  • You can use a pre-made pav bhaji spice blend if you prefer – I just like to list spices out to ensure consistent results as spice blends can vary and can sometimes include unnecessary/odd ingredients.
  • Sometimes veggies can be different sizes and so if you feel the bhaji needs more onion masala you can always stir it in at the end if needed. Since the onion masala is already cooked, you can always add more!