Pav means bread, while bhaji means vegetables. The story goes that street vendors in Mumbai came up with this popular street food as a lunch option for workers who wanted something lighter and faster than the traditional Indian fare. They simply mashed and spiced up vegetables and served them on buttered, toasted bread.
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