The Vada pav recipe is a savory dinner roll stuffed with fried mashed and spiced potato fritters. Vada Pav is Mumbai’s most popular street food and for good reason.
most commonly, this snack is also referred to as Indian burger or Bombay burger because it hails from Maharashtra or Marathi cuisine. generally, it is served as an evening snack, but can also be adapted to breakfast.
Vada pav basically has Batata vada which is sandwiched between two slices of a pav (dinner roll) topped with sweet chutney, green chutney, and dry garlic chutney. Batata means potato Marathi language.
Pav means a small loaf of bread in India and is the same as dinner rolls. They are made with all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour and can be bought from bakeries, superstores, and sweet shops in India.
also, it contains a strong flavor of garlic, ginger, and coriander leaves. moreover, the patties are typically oval-shaped as compared to round bonds. having said that, it is not mandatory and can be shaped to round and then later pressed while assembling it.
Ingredients for Vada Pav Recipe
- 2 tsp oil
- 350 grams potatoes
- 2 tbsp Green Chilli Garlic paste
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)
- ¾ cup besan / gram flour
- Salt to taste
- 1 pinch of baking soda
- ½ cup water or add as required
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- oil for deep frying
- 1 cup chopped coriander leaves
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves
- 2 to 3 green chilies
- salt as required
Sweet Tamarind Chutney
- ½ cup seedless tamarind
- 2 cups water
- 7 to 8 tablespoons jaggery powder
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
- 8 pav or dinner rolls
- 3 to 4 fried green chilies
Instructions for Vada Pav Recipe
- Boil 2 large potatoes that weigh about 350 grams. mash the boiled & peeled potatoes.
- For Green Chilli Garlic Paste – In a mortar pestle, add green chilli, garlic cloves, salt to taste and make a smooth paste.
- Heat oil in a deep pan, add mustard seeds, and let it lightly roast for a few seconds, till it starts to crackle & pop.
- Add curry leaves, green chili, and garlic paste, and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). Stir and sauté for about 5 seconds.
- Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Stir for some seconds or until the raw aroma of garlic goes away.
- Turn off the flame. The tadka is ready.
- Next, add the prepared tadka to the mashed potatoes, and mix it in.
- Add coriander leaves and salt as required, mix them well.
- Shape the potato masala into balls. Flatten these balls a bit. Cover and keep aside.
- In a wide bowl, take gram flour (besan), and to it add – ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon of hing / asafoetida powder, 1 pinch of baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon of Haldi/turmeric powder.
- Now to it, add water, a little at a time, and start mixing it all together. Add water as needed.
- Whisk everything till you get a smooth, flowing consistency of batter.
- The batter should have a medium-thick flowing consistency. It should not be too thick or thin.
- Then cover the bowl with a lid, and let the batter rest for 15-20 minutes, before using it to coat the vadas
- Dip the slightly flattened potato balls in the batter and coat them evenly with the batter.
- heat oil in a pan or wok (kadai). When the oil becomes hot then gently slide it into hot oil and fry them until golden brown.
- When one side firms up, becomes slightly crisp and golden then only turn over gently with a slotted spoon. Fry the second side.
- When done, place the fried vadas in a plate/bowl lined with a paper towel, to get rid of excess oil, if any.
Making Green Chutney
- firstly, in a blender take 1 cup of coriander leaves.
also add cloves of garlic, green chilies, and salt to taste.
blend smoothly adding ½ cup water.
transfer to a cup and mix 1 tbsp lemon juice.
finally, green chutney for chaat is ready to use for sandwiches or chaats.
Sweet Tamarind Chutney
Soak tamarind in hot water for 30 to 40 minutes.
With your hands, squeeze the pulp from the tamarind in the same bowl or pan. strain the pulp and keep it aside.
- Now, in a large kadai take an equal proportion of tamarind, and jaggery
further pour 2 cups of water.
mix and boil the mixture for at least 10 minutes.
also add 1 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder, and salt to taste.
furthermore, simmer the mixture for 2 minutes.
finally, use the prepared tamarind date chutney in preparing sev puri, bhel puri or pani puri or any chaats.
Assembling & Serving
- Slice the pav without breaking it into two parts and keep it aside.
- If you don’t have sweet chutney, then just make the vada pav with green chutney.
- Spread both the green chutney and sweet chutney on the sliced pav.
Sprinkle the dry garlic chutney. This is optional and if you don’t have you can skip it.
Place the hot batata vada sandwiched in the bread slices.
- Vada Pav is ready to serve.
Tips and Variations
- You can always alter the amount of chutneys you spread in the pav according to your taste and liking.
- in addition, to keep the vada flat, make sure to shape it before deep frying.
- finally, vada pav tastes great when served hot with fried green chili.
Can I make the Vada filling ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the potato filling and refrigerate it for a day or two before frying the Vadas.
- Can I use a different type of flour for the batter?
Traditionally, besan (gram flour) is used, but you can experiment with other flour like chickpea flour or rice flour.
- Is Vada Pav vegetarian?
Yes, Vada Pav is a vegetarian snack, perfect for those who follow a meatless diet.
- Can I make Vada Pav without deep-frying?
While deep-frying yields the best results, you can try shallow frying or baking the Vadas for a healthier alternative.
- What kind of chutneys can I use?
The most common chutneys are garlic chutney and green chutney. You can also add tamarind chutney or mint chutney for extra flavors.
- Can I freeze leftover Vadas?
Yes, you can freeze the fried Vadas and reheat them in the oven or air fryer when needed.
- Can I make a gluten-free Vada Pav?
Yes, you can use gluten-free flour like chickpea flour or rice flour to make the batter and use gluten-free buns for the Pav.
- Can I adjust the spiciness of the Vada?
Absolutely! You can increase or decrease the amount of green chilies or red chili powder as per your taste preferences.
- Is Vada Pav a popular snack outside of India?
Vada Pav is gaining popularity worldwide, especially in regions with a significant Indian population. It has become a sought-after street food in many countries.
- Can I serve Vada Pav with other accompaniments?
Apart from chutneys and green chilies, you can serve Vada Pav with mint yogurt dip, ketchup, or even a side of crispy fries.
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