Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Vada Pav

'Vada Pav' is Mumbai's answer to America's Hamburgers, the iconic fast food of India, especially Mumbai. Once known as poor men's food is now relished by everyone as a famous street food. You will get Vada pav in each and every street corners, small eateries, and even served in long distant trains and on railway platforms. Several chains of fast food outlets in India specialise in Vada pav, like Jumbo King, MM Mithaiwala at Malad, Goli in central suburbs of Mumbai and Raja Rani in Valsad, Gujarat. However nothing can beat the Vada Pav available at Dheeraj - Stall near Mithibai-NM College, Juhu Mumbai. I have spend my entire college life eating these vada pav. Even now, If I happen to visit India, I will go to my college and have vada pav as they have their special chutneys and they spread yummy butter over the buns and then stuff the vada unlike other vendors who only stuff vada with chutneys inside the bun.
A simple snack consisting of a 'Vada' - Potato patty stuffed in a Pav - Bun bread and served with fried green chillies, garlic chutney, tamarind chutney and green chutney. There are no limits to how one would like their Vada Pav to be served.
International Chains like Mcdonalds faced problems to convert Vada pav eating Mumbaites. Still Vada pav retains its unique charm as Mumbaites prefer eating hot vada pav straight out from the kadhai, instead of frozen burgers served by these International Burger Joints.
I had made a close version of Vada pav available at food stall Dheeraj in our college.

Here is my entry for event Batata Vada organised by Mad Tea Party


For Vadas
3 Boiled Potatoes
1 Tablespoon of Ginger-garlic paste
3-4 Curry leaves
1 Teaspoon of Mustard seeds
1 Teaspoon of Urad dal
3-4 Green chillies finely chopped
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric powder
1/2 Cup of chopped Corianders
Juice of 1/2 Lime
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

For Besan Batter
1/2 Cup of Besan (Bengal Gram Flour)
1 Teaspoon of Red Chilly powder
1 Teaspoon of Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon of Coriander-Cumin seed powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Soda-bi-carbonate
Salt to taste

5-6 Pav (Bun Bread)
2 Tablespoon of Butter
2 Tablespoon of Green Chutney
2 Tablespoon of Tamarind Chutney
2 Tablespoon of Chilli Garlic Chutney
2-3 Fried green Chillies

1. For Vadas, mash the potatoes, now take a deep vessel, heat the vessel with oil. Add mustard seeds and urad dal, once the seeds starts spluttering; add curry leaves, chopped green chillies and ginger garlic paste and look for 1 minute on a low flame.
2. Add mash potatoes, salt, Coriander, Lime juice and turmeric powder and mix properly. Cook for few minutes on a low flame.
3. Let the potatoe mixture cool down, once cool make small patty balls.

4. Make a batter, add all the ingredients to make a thick batter.
5. Take a deep kadhai and heat oil. Deep the potato vada (patty) in the besan batter and coat properly with the batter. Deep fry the vadas and keep it on a tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.

6. Take the pav (bun breads), make a slit in between. Spread butter, Tamarind chutney, chilli garlic chutney and green chutney on one side of the bread. Stuff the vadas in between and serve the hot lip smacking Vada Pav with
fried green chillies and Tomato ketchup


Unknown 30 July 2008 at 18:53  

wow... really looks yummy and mouth watering... nice click... great entry...

notyet100 30 July 2008 at 19:47  

hi purva,..looks yum,..even imde recently forthe first timend liked alotz,..u can send this fro swc maharashtra,..hosted by neha of easy n dtasty,,nd for mad tea party,,cause the theme is batata vada,..hppy bloggin..

Trupti 30 July 2008 at 21:04  

hey Purva, vada pav baghun tondala paani sutale aahe...vada pav jar rahile aastil tar ikade pathwun de ..bhook lagali aahe :)

Paru ... 30 July 2008 at 21:33  

My first time to your blog Purva..Vada pav looks irrestitable..I cant wait to try it..

Madhavi 31 July 2008 at 00:12  

Oh man Purva, ek to tame mane savare navsari na food ni yaad apavi and have vada pav???? Bachhi ki jan logi kya ;-)

Vada pav look mouth-drooling, want to eat right now :)))

Sum Raj 31 July 2008 at 03:10  

aree vaa..khya baath hai...dekhathe hi moo mein paani aa gayaa..lovly presention with fried chilli...miss mumbai a lot:(

Unknown 31 July 2008 at 06:58  

hey this is supperb great entry and mouth watering dish too yaar itna dika dika ke jalamath

Unknown 31 July 2008 at 06:59  

looks s so delicious..especially the last photo of vadas with a hot chilly..

ST 31 July 2008 at 09:26  

Wow.its my favorite street food....Looks soooo tempting and inviting.....Loved the presentation...Missing mumbai so much....

EC 31 July 2008 at 14:08  

Looks so mouthwatering...

Purva Desai 31 July 2008 at 14:31  

Thank you all!!!

I can only say our desi ''Vada Pav'' rocks and is any day better than burgers...

Kumudha 31 July 2008 at 23:17  

Vada Pav looks so tasty!

Nice picture of the vada pav!

Shreya 1 August 2008 at 04:42  

hi Purva, my mouth is watering.. it looks great, and to be frank, living in Mumbai,I still have not indulged in this amazing treat(it is, isn't it!) I have had it only once until now:-( Now that I have your recipe, I will make this at home!:-)

Indian Khana 1 August 2008 at 07:41  

Hmm why its raining vada pav everything!! U are tempting everyone Purva...with those wonderful pictures... looking delicious...gud entry ..ab batau hum kab khilaugi ?

Jaishree Iyer 1 August 2008 at 07:41  

wow... really looks yummy and mouth of my favorite..pic looks awesome!!

Sukanya Yogesh 1 August 2008 at 08:08  

Hi Purva, the Vada pao looks so yummy and the vadas and mirchi bhaji look totally irresistible.

Anonymous,  1 August 2008 at 08:25  

i like it very much.very common but yummy also.

Anonymous,  1 August 2008 at 08:52  

its very yummy ...i like it very much since my college days even i made it at home

Purva Desai 1 August 2008 at 16:31  

Doston ke liye ghar khulla hai.....
Jab chahe aajao :)

Unknown 2 August 2008 at 19:30  

This looks awesome,reminded me of the yummy vada pav we have in Bombay when we visit :)

TBC 5 August 2008 at 02:29  

That plate of vada-pav looks so inviting! It's when I see street food like this that I reaaallllly miss Bombay! That, and the monsoons!

Anonymous,  15 August 2008 at 12:12  

What a mouthwatering twosome! Not to mention the mirchi bhajji! And the array of chutneys!
Delighted to have you at the Party!

Loga 12 September 2008 at 21:21  

I tried your recipe today and it was yummy...Thank u :-)

Sanjana 26 October 2009 at 12:23  

Hi there, my first time here... yummy recipe and great blog! I invite you to visit me at please do come and take a peek when you can! :D

Arti 24 February 2010 at 15:24  

Yummy! yummy! yummy!!!!
Awesome pics and great recipe.


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