Vada Pav is a popular street food in India, especially Mumbai. It is the Indian version of a burger, a layman’s staple diet, where fried potato tikki is sandwiched in a pav (bun), spread with green and garlic chutney. You also serve fried green chilies with it to up the spice quotient.
Vada Pao or Vada Pav is my husband’s favorite. I had it for the first time on my stay in Pune, a couple of years ago. Thanks to his job, he had already been to many parts of North India and had acquired a taste for it. While I can have one, or utmost two, he can gobble close to five Vada Pavs at a time. Vada Pavs can be had for breakfast, lunch or as a teatime snack. That said, have it along with Indian Masala Chai. Ha! Bliss!
Never in my dreams did I think of making a Vada Pav at home. I always thought it was a tedious task because of the many elements in it – be it the Batata Vada, the green chutney or garlic chutney. Never knew it was a piece of cake, until today.
How to Make Vada Pav at home:
I have used store bought Pavs (buns) for preparing this dish. Preparing Vada Pav involves three steps, mainly the preparation of the Batata Vada, green chutney and garlic chutney.
Preparing Batata Vada:
Grind together garlic cloves, green chilies, and ginger. In a pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add the ground mixture and crumbled boiled potatoes. Add salt, coriander leaves, and turmeric powder. Mix well.
Cool to room temperature and make balls out of it. Prepare a thick but flowing batter out of gram flour, red chili powder, salt, and water. Dip the ball in this batter and deep fry.
Preparing Green Chutney:
Grind together coriander leaves, mint leaves, garlic, lemon juice, little water, and green chilies together.
Preparing Dry Garlic Chutney:
I have gone for the easy way for preparing this chutney. This would not be an authentic recipe, but I loved the fact that my friend shared this quick to do garlic chutney variation. Drop few drops of the prepared batter in hot oil. Fry and remove. Prepare about 1/4 cup of this fritter. Grind with garlic, salt and red chilli powder!
Assembling a Vada Pav:
Slit the Vada Pav and heat. Spread green chutney on a side. Sprinkle garlic chutney and place the Batata Vada and fried green chili. Serve hot.
Vada Pav Recipe:
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