Vada Pav

Vada pav is similar to American burger, here we use a pull-apart pav bread stuffed with spicy potato dumpling instead of patties. It is a popular street food in Mumbai, anyone traveling to Mumbai won’t like to return home before relishing the street foods like vada pav, pav bhaji, paani puri, etc. It is so fascinating to find people from every walk of life whether a celebrity or a taxi driver dropping in to such eateries to savor these tantalizingly delicious goodies.

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Mumbai Vada Pav

Vada pav is nothing but the pav bread stuffed with batata vada (potato dumpling)and smeared with spicy garlic chutney powder & creamy green chutney.Β  So we need to keep all these elements ready in advance and assemble them before serving.

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Recipe for batata vada:

Batata vada is almost similar to South Indian urulai kizhangu bonda, the only difference in here is that we add cumin seeds into the potato filling. First let us prepare the potato balls as below.

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Potato filling

Then fry those potato balls after dipping into the gram flour batter just like bonda.

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Batata vada

Garlic chutney powder recipe:

We need to roast all the ingredients in little oil and grind them into a coarse powder as shown below.

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grlchtny Vada Pav

Green chutney recipe:

Here we simply grind all ingredients into chutney as shown below and add a teaspoon of lemon juice into it to retain its green color.Β We can also add a pinch of chaat masala for adding the flavor.

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grnchtny Vada Pav

How to serve vada pav:

First we need to cut open the pav bread horizontally (but not split into two), and there is no need to toast the bread. Then we can smear garlic chutney on the one half of the bread & green chutney on the other half and place the batata vada between those slices. We can serve it with tomato sauce, or green chutney and garnish with onion rings & fried green chilli.

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  1. We love Vada Pav and our friend who lives in Mumbai brings enough for us on his occasional visits. We even get it at chat places here, but never thought of making it. Looks like it is not so difficult after all. Thanks, Megala. May be will give the husband a surprise.

    1. Yes, please go ahead as it is really easy to make, and you would notice twinkling eyes & happy smiles on your loved ones’ faces !

  2. Brilliantly detailed post, major weakness for me, this is what Mumbai Street Food Lovers swear by, a quick fix for office goers in Mumbai, I can write oodles of things in honour of this humble yet filling snack. So nicely done Megala!

  3. I love your detailed pictures Megha and thank for explaining what a pav is I get a little muddled( my age)…lol about Chat’s etc I am assuming it regionals or the type of currys πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks ! We, south Indians did feel the same way as you did, I just couldn’t correlate pav with bread when I heard for the first time !! πŸ™‚

  4. OMG..This is heaven!! It’s so tempting!! Making me feel hungry!:P Like the Garlic Chutney it has very different and unique ingredients. I should try this.

    1. Vada pav & beautiful memories always go hand in hand ! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by !!

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