Vada paav ( Popular Street food from Mumbai )

Spicy Indian burgers with a spicy potato patty sandwiched with a layer of pungent garlic chutney and served with fried green chillies. Vada pav  is a popular spicy vegetarian fast food dish native to Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between 2 slices of a pavPav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. It is also known as Indian Burger.
Batata vada is synonymous with the south Indian Potato Bonda and is the Indianized burger. Crispy vada sandwiched between soft buns with spicy garlic/ mint/ coriander chutney. It’s a hugely popular street food in India and has its origins in the state of Maharashtra.Vada Pavs are common to find in every part of India and is sold by roadside vendoors and some shops.


Paav buns as required.

Ingredients for the filling/potato patty

4 medium size potatoes depending on the no of people you want to serve.
2 green chillies
1 clove garlic or more if you like also it is optional.
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
pinch of turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp lime juice.
oil for tempering.
Oil for deep frying as needed.

Ingredients for the batter.

1 cup gram four/besan
salt to taste
2 tbsp rice flour
pinch of cooking soda
Pinch of turmeric powder.
Water as needed to make a batter.

Ingredients for the green chutney

1 cup coriander leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
Pinch of salt
Small  piece of ginger
2 green chillies and you can add more chillies if you want a spicy green chutney.
To prepare the chutney, grind all the ingredients to make a thick paste with little water.Keep aside.

Ingredients for the spicy red chutney powder

2 tsp Chilli powder 

¼ cup Coconut powder ( dry )good brands are available easily in stores.
3 Garlic cloves, chopped 
4 Green chillies, chopped 

Pinch of Hing (asafoetida) 

1 tsp jeera powder 

¼ cup Peanuts, roasted 

Salt to taste

¼ cup white Sesame seeds, roasted.
To prepare the chutney powder

Dry roast peanuts and sesame seeds separately and then add them into a blender to make

a fine powder.

Keep this aside. In a pan, heat very little oil.

Add pinch of hing, chopped garlic, green chillies and sauté well.

Add coconut powder and fry till they get slightly browned. Switch off the flame.

Add chilli powder, cumin powder and mix well.

Allow to cool and then add the roasted peanut and sesame seeds powder and mix well.

Add salt to taste and keep stirring until all the ingredients are nicely mixed together. Keep

this aside.


First prepare the potato patty by  first preparing the tempering with little oil, mustard
cumin seeds, garlic, green chillies. Add the cooked mashed potatoes to the tempering and
add the turmeric powder, salt and cook well till blended. Add lime juice after the gas is
switched off. Mix well and when cool make small portions of balls to dip into the gram flour
batter and deep fried.
Prepare the besan/ gram flour  batter by mixing all the ingredients mentioned under batter. use very
little water at a time and make a batter by mixing well, and should be of thick dropping
consistency so that the potato patty gets coated well.
Keep the oil to heat and prepare the potato patty ready  to be dipped in batter.
When the oil is heated well, dip the potato patty in the batter and drop in the hot oil
carefully. Prepare all the patties in this manner and drain well.

To assemble the vada paav

Take one paav, dont cut them in two, just slit them open wide enough to smear the green
chutney on one side, the red chutney powder on the other and sandwich the potato patty in
between by flattening it a bit.  Slightly press the paav to hold the potato patty well before
serving,.Serve with fried green chillies as it is normally done by the
chaat wallas. Sometimes pieces of fried batter is placed in between the paav while serving
too as shown in the pic.


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