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Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread

Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread is a blend of vegetables cooked in a tomato butter gravy and topped over a loaf of bread with loads of cheese.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time23 mins
Total Time43 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, Indian Fusion, Indian Street Food, Maharashtrian
Diet Vegetarian
Servings: 14 pieces
Calories: 191kcal



for pav bhaji masala

  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 inch ginger chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 green chilies chopped, use 2 for less heat, you can add more too
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder or paprika
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp pav bhaji masala add at the end
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped

for the garlic-butter mixture (stovetop)

to assemble

  • 1 French loaf bread split in half, Italian loaf works too
  • spread masala on both sides
  • 2 cups of Mexican blend shredded cheese 1 cup on each side

for garnish

  • red onion chopped
  • fresh cilantro chopped
  • squeeze of lemon juice



  • Begin by chopping ginger, garlic, green chilies, onions, green bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Make Pav Bhaji Masala

  • Heat up a dutch oven enameled castiron on low-medium heat, once hot, add 1/2 tablespoon of oil and 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Once the butter melts, add ginger, garlic, and green chilies. Saute for a minute.
  • Add onions and season with a little salt. Increase heat to medium. Stir and saute until caramelized, about 3-4 minutes.
  • This is how the onions should look.
  • Now add the green bell pepper. Season with a little salt. Stir and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and season with a little salt. Cook the tomatoes down for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add your spices - turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder (or paprika), and 1 1/2 tbsp of pav bhaji masala. Stir.
  • Add 1/2 cup water. Stir and cook down for 2 minutes.
  • Now add cream cheese. Stir until the masala is creamy. This will take about 3 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of pav bhaji masala.
  • Add fresh cilantro.
  • Stir to combine. Turn off the stove.

Prepare the Tadka

  • Heat up a small tempering pan on low-medium heat. Once hot, add butter.
  • Once the butter melts and sizzles, add 2 cloves of fresh garlic and pav bhaji masala. Cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir and this is what you'll have. Turn off the stove.


  • Take a loaf of French bread.
  • Remove the extra bread from the inside - this way we can stuff the bread with the masala.
  • Generously spread the masala all over the bread.
  • Top with Mexican blend cheese. Place in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Bake a little longer if you need to, but don't overbake.
  • Your Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread is ready.


  • Garnish with red onions, chopped cilantro, and lemon juice. Enjoy!



Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg
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