Masala Pav is one of the most the exciting snack recipes off the streets of Mumbai. Basically, it consists of dinner rolls toasted with butter, stuffed and topped with a masala, and finished with cheese. The succulent masala is a trinity of onion, tomatoes and capsicum that has been flavored with a very special spice mix, the PavBhaji Masala. Therefore, the taste of masala pav resembles a lot to that of PavBhaji.I have used Everest PavBhaji Masala here. You may you the brand of your choice. Everest, MDH, Badshah; any of these brands would work great.
The tantalizing aroma of masala pav is mounth-watering. And you can’t stop after just one masala pav. You would wish to relish it till all of it is gone; it’s that good. All kinds of snack with bread have one thing in common. There is a feeling of comfort in every bite. Masala pav is no exception. Elders and kids love this gem of a street food and enjoy it with great fervor. To up the ante, I have added some grated cheese which furthermore enhances its richness.
What’s in a Tawa?
The striking thing about masala pav is that it’s always made on a cast iron griddle, also known as the tawa in Hindi. Most households have an iron tawa at their disposal. For those who don’t, I strongly recommend that you get yourself one. I use a tawa with a 15-inch diameter and I am looking to upgrade to a 20 incher. You can easily get it for INR 200-300 ($3-$5)at a market that sells iron utensils. Otherwise, try the online stores like Amazon.
You might be wondering if you could use a skillet. If it’s a cast iron skillet, then you may use it. If it’s the kadhai that you are talking about, I wouldn’t recommend it. The masala of masala pav has a very unique texture that can be achieved only when it’s cooked on a griddle or tawa. The veggies are just cooked and not mushy. There is an amalgamation between the veggies, the fat, powdered spices and the water. That kind of emulsification can be achieved without making the veggies soppy only when you prepare it on a tawa.
Masala Pav- A Fitting Kids Tiffin Recipe
Not all snack foods have to be boring in order to be healthy. Masala pav has an optimum amount of fat and loads of vegetables. Besides, it tastes great after a few hours when the flavors have melded even better. I think it’s one of the coolest snack ideas for school for your kids. They and their friends would enjoy the masala pav and praise your cooking endlessly. Masala pav are prefect snack bites for when you unwind with your loved ones over evening tea.
A Perfect Recipe for When You are Entertaining
An easy snack to prepare, these spicy, hot, buttery dinner rolls are a crowd-pleaser. No two ways about it. Try preparing them for occasions like kitty parties or a weekend brunch with friends because it’s a no-mess, little clean up required recipe that needs just one griddle or tawa and a spatula.
Now let’s see how to make masala pav with step by step pictures.
How to Make Masala Pav
- Onions – 3 medium, finely chopped
- Tomatoes – 2 medium, finely chopped
- Capsicum – 1 medium, finely chopped
- Garlic – 2 tsp
- Ginger – 1 tsp
- Green chilies – 2 or to taste, finely chopped
- Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
- Lemon juice – 2 tsp or to taste
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Red chili powder – 1 tsp
- Cumin powder – ½ tsp
- PavBhaji Masala – 1 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Water – ⅓ cup
- Butter – 2 tbsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Pavs / Dinner rolls – 6 medium, spliced in between
- Cheese – 4 cubes or as needed
- Heat the tawa/griddle and add butter on it. Also, add oil because it prevents the butter from burning.
- When the butter has melted, add onions and sauté them till they turn golden.
- Add crushed ginger and garlic and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
- Add capsicum and sauté for a minute till it gives out a nice aroma.
- Add tomatoes and some salt.
- Give it a mix and cover the griddle and let the tomatoes cook for a minute so that they soften.
- Add the spices – turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder, and PavBhaji Masala. Also, adjust the salt at this stage.
- Add some water and cook the masala till the gravy thickens.
- Finally when the oil begins to separate, add coriander leaves, green chilies and lemon juice. Give it a final mix.
- Set the masala on one side of the tawa/griddle. Melt some more butter.
- Toast the pav/dinner roll nicely on both outer sides.
- Open it up and toast it nicely on the inside as well.
- Spoon the masala generously on one side of the pav/dinner roll and sprinkle some cheese.
- Close the pav/dinner roll and spoon some masala on top of it too. Sprinkle more cheese.
- Masala pav is ready. Serve hot with some onion slices, lemon wedges and garlic onion chutney. Enjoy!
Masala Pav Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below
First off, finely chop 3 medium onions, 2 medium tomatoes, 1 medium capsicum, and 2 green chilies. You will also need 2 tsp of crushed garlic, 1 tsp of crushed ginger, 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves and 2 tsp of lemon juice. Lay the spices out on a plate. Slice the dinner rolls from in between.
Heat the tawa/griddle and 2 tbsp add butter on it. Also, add 1 tbsp oil because it prevents the butter from burning.
When the butter has melted, add onions and sauté them till they turn golden.
Add crushed ginger and garlic and sauté till the raw smell disappears.
Add capsicum and sauté for a minute till it gives out a nice aroma.
Add tomatoes and some salt.
Give it a mix and cover the griddle and let the tomatoes cook for a minute so that they soften.
Add the spices – ¼ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, and 1 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala. Also, adjust the salt at this stage.
Add 1/3 cup water and cook the masala till the gravy thickens.
Finally when the oil begins to separate, add coriander leaves, green chilies and lemon juice. Give it a final mix.
Set the masala on one side of the tawa/griddle. Melt some more butter.
Toast the pav/dinner roll nicely on both sides.
Open it up and toast it nicely on the inside as well.
Spoon the masala generously on one side of the pav/dinner roll.
Sprinkle some cheese.
Close the pav/dinner roll and spoon some masala on top of it too. Sprinkle more cheese.
Masala pav is ready. Serve hot with some onion slices, lemon wedges and garlic onion chutney. Enjoy!