Vada Pav

This is an Indian potato burger. It’s a famous street food of Mumbai now eaten all over the country!

Ingredients for the vada –

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil + more for frying
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig fresh curry leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2” piece of ginger crushed
  • 2 green chillies crushed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
  • 4-5 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)

Ingredients for dry garlic chutney –

  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1.5 tbsp Kashmiri mirch
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for green chutney –

  • 1 bunch fresh coriander leaves
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp water or as needed
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste

Directions for vada –

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves
  • When the spices crackle, add garlic, ginger, chillies, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and immediately remove from flame
  • Pour this mixture over the mashed potatoes, add salt and mix very well
  • Divide the mix into 12 equal portions and shape each portion into a lime sized ball
  • In another bowl, whisk besan with just enough water to make a slightly thick batter
  • Add salt and mix well
  • Heat oil for deep frying
  • Add a spoonful of hot oil into the prepared batter and mix well
  • Dip each portion of the potato batter into the mixture
  • Add to the hot oil and deep fry
  • Remove on to a plate lined with absorbent paper
The fried vadas

Directions for dry garlic chutney –

  • Heat a skillet on medium low flame
  • Add the garlic cloves and roast till it becomes brown in colour
  • Remove on to plate
  • Roast the coconut till it becomes light brown. Keep aside
  • In the same manner, dry roast peanuts and sesame seeds separately
  • Let the ingredients cool and add them to the mixture jar
  • Add Kashmiri chilli powder and salt to this mixture
  • Grind it to a coarse powder
Dry garlic chutney

Directions for green chutney –

  • Add coriander leaves, chillies, cloves, lime juice, water, sugar and salt to a blender and blend till smooth
Green chutney

Assembling the vada pav-

  • Toast the pav with some butter in a pan
  • Slice each pav but not entirely. It should still be attached at one end
  • Apply green chutney on both sides of the pav and dry garlic chutney over it
  • Flatten the vada a little and place it in the middle of the pav
  • It’s now ready to serve

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