Healthy Vada Pav ( Fast Foods Made Healthy Recipe)


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This recipe replaces the refined flour bread with a whole wheat burger bun. I have also omitted frying the vada altogether making it guilt free. The salad and chutney adds fibre, crunch and flavour to this delicious snack.

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Makes 8 vada pavs
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8 whole wheat (gehun)

For The Garlic Chutney
1/4 cup garlic (lehsun) cloves
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
salt to taste

For The Vada Filling
3 cups boiled and mashed potatoes
3 to 4 green chillies , chopped
1 tsp ginger (adrak)
1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
6 to 8 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

For The Outer Covering
3/4 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
8 tomatoes slices
1 cup shredded lettuce
8 sliced onions

For the garlic chutney

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender with a little water to get a smooth chutney. Keep aside.

For the vada filling

  1. Pound the green chillies, ginger and garlic using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium flame and when hot, add the mustard seeds and dry roast for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the asafoetida and curry leaves and again dry roast for 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Add the pounded mixture and sauté for a few more seconds.
  5. Add the potatoes, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  6. Remove from the flame and cool.
  7. Divide it into 8 equal portions. Shape into rounds.

For the outer covering

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

How to proceed

  1. Heat a non-stick pan on a medium flame,
  2. Dip each round of the vada filling into the batter and allow it to coat the mixture well.
  3. Place the vada on the pan, cover with a lid and cook on a slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Turn upside down, cover again and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and cook on both the sides till they turn golden brown. Keep aside.
  6. Slice each burger bun into half horizontally, apply some garlic chutney on the inside.
  7. Place one slice of tomato, some lettuce, one slice of onion and one vada and serve immediately.
Nutrient values per vada pav
144 cal. 1.4 gm.
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 on 18 May 13 07:28 PM