masala pav

Masala Pav Recipe

By Swasthi on December 4, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Masala Pav is a delicious popular Indian street food made with butter toasted buns & a spicy onion tomato masala. “Pav” is the Indian name for dinner rolls or buns. Masala pav are nothing but toasted pav buns topped with a generous amount of the masala, garnished with coriander leaves & chopped onions. Street foods are immensely popular in India and a larger population enjoys them often.

masala pav

Pav bhaji, Vada pav, misal pav and masala pav are some of the foods made with Indian dinner rolls. Each of one of these are so much flavorful, delicious and easy to make at home.

For hygiene reasons, these are best prepared at home. I prefer to make all of these at home as my kids keep asking.

Making masala pav is the easiest of all these and just takes about 20 to 25 mins. Since these don’t need any chaat chutneys, they can be made instantly without any planning.

These are good to enjoy as a evening snack or brunch with some side dishes. I made these masala pav sometime ago on a weekend for our brunch along with dahi vada and Sev puri.

You may like these street foods,
Pav bhaji
Batata vada
Gobi manchurian
Tawa pulao
Egg bread toast

How to Make Masala Pav (Stepwise Photos)

1. Heat butter on a pan or tawa. Then add onions and green chilies. Fry the onions until golden. Then ginger garlic paste and fry until it smells good.

sauteing onions in butter for masala pav

2. Add the tomatoes and sprinkle salt. Fry until the tomatoes turn mushy.

frying tomatoes

3. Then add capsicum and saute for a few minutes.

frying capsicum to make masala pav

4. Add red chilli powder and pav bhaji powder. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes until the masala smells good.

adding red chilli powder & masala powder

5. Then pour little water and cook until the masala is cooked through and turns soft. Cook until the masala turns aromatic. Mash it well with a spatula. Taste it and add more salt and masala if needed.

masala ready for making masala pav

6. Then move it aside on the pan. Slit the pav. Spread little butter over the slit pav. Fry them until crisp and golden.

frying bread on a tawa

7. Then spread the masala on the pav. Place the other slice of pav over it. Top it with the prepared masala.

masala topped on toasted pav

Sprinkle some coriander leaves, lemon juice and chopped onions. Serve masala pav immediately.

masala pav recipe

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masala pav

Masala Pav Recipe

Butter toasted pav buns topped with spicy onion tomato masala are a great delicious and popular street food from India. Make these at home and enjoy with your family!!
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 pavs (buns)
  • ¾ cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • ¼ to ½ cup capsicum finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to suit your spice levels)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon pav bhaji masala powder
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 lemon medium
  • 1 Handful coriander leaves chopped finely


  • Heat a tawa or a griddle with 1 tbsp butter on a high flame.
  • Saute onions & green chilli in the butter until lightly golden.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute tiill the raw smell goes away.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and sprinkle salt. Cook until they turn soft.
  • Add capsicums, chili powder and pav bhaji masala. Saute very well for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Add very little water and allow to cook the masala until soft. Mash up very well with the spatula.
  • When the masala begins to smell good, add some coriander leaves and mix.
  • Move all the masala to one side of the tawa.

How to Make Masala Pav

  • Add little butter and slit the pav. Toast them on both the sides.
  • Transfer the masala over the pav. Squeeze in some lemon juice and coriander leaves.
  • Smear some masala on the top as well. Add some onions and coriander leaves on top.
  • Serve masala pav immediately.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Masala Pav Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 777mg34%
Potassium 605mg17%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1415IU28%
Vitamin C 45.8mg56%
Calcium 209mg21%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Can you tell me if we can use chapati instead of pav

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Can you please give me a recipe of veg pizza which we would make on tawa