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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
- Pound the green chillies, ginger and garlic using a mortar and pestle.
- Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida and curry leaves and sauté for a few seconds.
- Add the pounded mixture and sauté again for a few seconds.
- Add the potatoes, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
- Remove from the fire and cool.
- Divide into 8 equal portions. Shape into rounds.
- 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 some dry garlic chutney inside.
- Place one vada in each pav and serve immediately.
- Laddi pavs are small square shaped white bread rolls which are available at local bakeries.
- You can also use bread roll or slices if the pav is not available.
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