Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

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.
Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

I am obsessed with Pav Bhaji. It is my favorite item to order at Indian fast food. To date, my favorite Pav Bhaji has been at Khasiyat Restaurant in Oat Tree Road, NJ. The Pav Bhaji at Khasiyat is a bowl of buttery goodness, I mean there is butter on top of the bhaji and the pav, it’s just insanely good.

What is Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread?

Pav translates to bread, while bhaji is a vegetable mix. So essentially this dish is sauteed mixed vegetables served with a side of buttered buns.

Traditionally, Pav Bhaji is a Maharashtrian dish, however this dish is now widely popular all over India. You can easily find Pav Bhaji on the streets of India in any major city.

So now this brings us to, what is Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread? Well, it’s traditional buttery garlic bread that’s topped off with cheese, however in between, we add the pav bhaji masala which adds depth of flavor. 

This cheesy garlic bread is so outrageously delicious, you won’t be able to stop eating it.

Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

Can I make this recipe vegan and gluten-free?

There is too much dairy in this dish to go vegan, but if you want to, opt for vegan butter, cream cheese, and Mexican blend cheese.

For a gluten-free option, simply replace the French loaf with a gluten-free loaf.

What kind of bread should I use for this recipe?

I would recommend using an Italian or French bread loaf. I found the Italian loaf to be too soft, hence I went for the French loaf which can easily be found at any major grocery store – check the fresh bakery section.

Additionally, I would not use sourdough or ciabatta bread for this recipe.

How do I serve Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread?

Just like you would with traditional pav bhaji, garnish the garlic bread with chopped red onion, and cilantro with a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s delicious and adds so much flavor.

You don’t need any sauces and dips for this dish as it’s already creamy enough, but if you’d like, you can always serve your garlic bread with some achaar.

Is the Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread too spicy?

This recipe calls for 3 green chilies. I made this recipe with 2 green chilies and my husband was able to handle it. I personally enjoyed my garlic bread with 3 green chilies because I like my food spicy. If you like your food super spicy, go ahead and add 4 green chilies to this recipe. There is some cream cheese and a good amount of cheese which takes away some of the spice.

Which Pav Bhaji Masala should I use?

For this recipe, I used Roopak Pav Bhaji Masala. You may also use Everest, MDH, or Badshah – they’re all good. You can purchase the masala from your local Indian grocery store or Amazon.

Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

Can I freeze Garlic Bread?

Absolutely! I actually froze some of my Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread for Super Bowl Sunday. Just wrap the garlic bread in foil and freeze it. When it’s time to reheat, simply reheat in the oven or toaster oven at 350 degrees until hot.

Tips on making Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread:

  • Chop all the veggies. Do the prep work ahead of time.
  • Make the Pav Bhaji Masala.
  • Prepare the Tadka (tempering of spices).
  • Brush the French loaf with the tadka and then spread the masala. Top with cheese.
  • Bake and enjoy!

Ingredients you’ll need for Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread:

Loaf of Bread: I highly recommend using a French or Italian loaf of bread. Just make sure the bread is not too soft or too hard. 

Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread is:

A Crowdpleaser

Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

How to make Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread recipe step by step?


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

Make Pav Bhaji Masala

1. Heat up a dutch oven enameled castiron on low-medium heat, once hot, add ½ tablespoon of oil and 2 tablespoons of butter.
2. Once the butter melts, add ginger, garlic, and green chilies. Saute for a minute.
3. Add onions and season with a little salt. Increase heat to medium. Stir and saute until caramelized, about 3-4 minutes.
4. This is how the onions should look.
Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

5. Now add the green bell pepper. Season with a little salt. Stir and cook for 4 minutes.
6. Add the tomatoes and season with a little salt. Cook the tomatoes down for about 3-4 minutes.
7. Now add your spices – turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder (or paprika), and 1 ½ tablespoon of pav bhaji masala. Stir.
8. Add ½ cup water. Stir and cook down for 2 minutes.

9. Now add cream cheese. Stir until the masala is creamy. This will take about 3 minutes.
10. Add ½ teaspoon of pav bhaji masala. 
11. Add fresh cilantro.
12. Stir to combine. Turn off the stove.
Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)

Prepare the Tadka

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


1. Take a loaf of French bread.
2. Remove the extra bread from the inside – this way we can stuff the bread with the masala.
3. Generously spread the masala all over the bread.
4. 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.
5. Your Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread is ready. 
Pav Bhaji Garlic Bread (vegetarian)


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

Pin & Enjoy!

More Appetizer Recipes!

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.