Bombay Vada Pav

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Vada pav (in Marathi) sometimes called as Batata vada is a vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra, especially Mumbaikars consisting of a potato fritter in a bread bun.Check this famous vada pav so called Indian burger recipe.

Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 10 minutes
Serves – 4


8 ladi pavs
Dry Garlic Chutney
Green chutney

For the vada filling

2 large size potatoes boiled and mashed
1 small size onion finely chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
2 tbsp grated garlic
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
6 to 8 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp oil
oil for deep-frying

For the outer covering

3/4 cup besan (Bengal gram flour)
1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
a pinch of baking soda
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

Direction || to prepare the vada filling

Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida and curry leaves , add onions and saute till turns golden brown.

Meanwhile pound the green chillies, ginger and garlic using a mortar and pestle.

Add the pounded mixture and sauté again for a few seconds.

Add the potatoes, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.

Turn off the gas and allow it to cool.

Divide into 8 equal portions. Shape into rounds.

Direction || to prepare the outer covering

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and make a batter using approximately 1/3 cup of water.

Dip each round of the vada filling into the batter and allow it to coat the mixture well .

Deep fry in hot oil, till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

Slice each pav into half and spread one side with dry garlic chutney and other with green chutney inside.

Place one vada in each pav and serve immediately.

Do not over burn the onions else the vada will taste bitter.

Make sure the batter is thick and evenly coated around the filling else the vada will break inside the hot oil.


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