Vada Pav

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Mumbai’s very own burger. The vada is made of a spicy potato filling deep fried in a gram flour batter. Along with a hot and spicy garlic chutney, it is served inside a small "Laddi Pav".

I have fond memories of sharing a vada pav with my son while travelling on a business trip to Vapi by train.

Although vada pav is a Maharashtrian dish, I was surprised to find it popular even in Gujarat. Another travelling ritual on my frequent drives to Pune is to stop at a small café on the highway to grab a quick vada pav and a steaming hot cup of Masala Tea that chases away all my travel fatigue

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Vada Pav recipe - How to make Vada Pav

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 8 servings
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8 ladi pavs (small squares of white bread)
1 recipe dry garlic chutney

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

For The Outer Covering
3/4 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
a pinch of baking soda
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
oil for deep-frying
For the vada fillling

  1. Pound the green chillies, ginger and garlic using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
  3. Add the pounded mixture and sauté again for a few seconds.
  4. Add the potatoes, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  5. Remove from the fire and cool.
  6. Divide into 8 equal portions. Shape into rounds.

For the outer covering

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and make a batter using approximately 1/3 cup of water.
  2. Dip each round of the vada filling into the batter and allow it to coat the mixture well.
  3. Deep fry in hot oil, till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Slice each pav into half and spread some dry garlic chutney inside.
  2. Place one vada in each pav and serve immediately.

  1. Laddi pavs are small square shaped white bread rolls which are available at local bakeries.
  2. You can also use bread roll or slices if the pav is not available.

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Vada Pav
 on 10 Jan 17 09:10 PM

Vada Pav
 on 07 Nov 16 07:30 AM

You have ginger in the Instructions (aka Method) but you do not have ginger in the ingredients...
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Yes it was missing, we have added it. Thank you for letting us know.
08 Nov 16 08:28 AM
Vada Pav
 on 23 Oct 16 06:36 PM

Simple, quick and authentic Vada Pav recipe. Everyone loved it !!!
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Tina, We are very happy to know you have loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
24 Oct 16 08:42 AM
Vada Pav
 on 17 Oct 16 07:55 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Dr Chandni, we are delighted you loved the Vada Pav recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
18 Oct 16 01:54 PM
Vada Pav
 on 21 Jun 16 08:05 AM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Rupali , we are delighted you loved the Vada Pav recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
18 Oct 16 01:55 PM
Vada Pav
 on 25 Mar 16 04:30 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Kirtida , we are delighted you loved the Vada Pav recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy Cooking.
25 Mar 16 04:39 PM
Vada Pav
 on 24 Dec 15 06:26 PM

yummmmy i tried it first time&really appreciated by everyone