Homemade Pav Bhajji Masala~How to make Pav Bhajji Masala

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Few weeks ago on facebook Soma @ ecurry asked if we could recreate the Everest brand Pav Bhajji masala.  Her request kept creeping and I went ahead and bought the Everest brand masala (I otherwise use the MTR brand) and tried recreating the ready mix. From the ingredients mentioned in the pack, I could come close to the popular brand. I must say that the Masala mix or the powders sold do have a secret ingredient that mystifies us but after I made this myself, I am never going back to the store bought Pav bhajji Masala powder. 
I have already blogged the recipe for Pav Bhajji here.
Prep time: 5 min 
Cook time: 5 min 
Serves: NA 
Level: Beginner 


  1. 2 tablespoons coriander/dhania
  2. 2 teaspoon cumin/jeera
  3. 1½  teaspoon black pepper
  4. ½ teaspoon fennel/saunf
  5. ½ inch piece cinnamon
  6. 4 cloves
  7. 2 petals star anise
  8. 2 teaspoon kashmiri chilli powder
  9. 1 teaspoon amchur/dry mango powder
  10. ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder

Heat a Kadai/pan (do not add oil) and add all the ingredients except the powders. Give them a stir and just to heat them up approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer and grind when cool to a fine powder. Mix the rest of the powders and use for Pav Bhajji Masala.


  1. Good recipe. Most of the times, I bring home a packet of pav bhaji masala, and more than half of the packet, will expire, without getting used.I prefer tp make the powder at Home. Bookmarked.

  2. I did not know how to make the masala. I always buy MTR pav bhaji mix and use it. Looks so easy to make at home.

  3. Book marked dear, very useful flavorful handy powder...

  4. You went first:) and it looks pretty good! The pav bhaji looks so good and it is a push to me to try out the powder!!! The next pav bhaji we have at home will be my first trial and I will cheat with following the ingredients from the box.:)

  5. I am going to give this one a try. I am not too sure where are you from in India but if you could figure out Dabeli Masala, it will be absolutely great.

    1. Noel, I live in the US and I have never come across the Dabeli Masala at the Indian stores here. I shall give it a try on my next visit to India.

  6. Homemade powders are always great....love this one....

  7. Bookmarked, Love to make homemade masala

  8. Nice , useful post.. I too use store brought.. will try this :)

  9. I used to pick store bought ones whenever i go to Indian grocery,thanks for sharing this C,definitely useful..

  10. Oh Finally we got the recipe..was following that thread on Fb but somehow lost the touch..so glad to read the ingredients list coz I have all the required ingredients.Bookmarking this recipe to try masala ASAP :-)

  11. I've never tried making Pav Bhaji masala before even though I make Pav Bhaji at home. The thought never even occurred to me! Your recipe seems to be so simple and delicious too. I'll definitely be trying it the next time I make Pav Bhaji at home. Thanks for figuring out the formula. :)

  12. My mom's signature dish, havent prepared since a long, yours makes me drool and pulling me to try soon..
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  13. thanks for trying to recreate this powder. Is there any way to make this simpler, a bare minimum?
    Lets say coriander, cumin and fennel? Are all the other required? Arent they overpowered by the other spices?
    Salt, chilly and amchur can all be adjusted later according to preferences.

    1. Anonymous,
      Its up to you to add the rest later but in any case the ingredients are the same I guess.

  14. Thanks for this recipe. It truly imparts that authentic taste, if I may say so, since....ahem, I was born and brought up in Bombay....love my street food! The only ingredient I left out was ginger powder. I've made it several times for an amazing walk down memory lane. Many thanks for sharing this and so many other recipes.......your site is a true work of love. :) Best wishes,


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