• SOUMYA S SUVARNA

VADA PAV

Vada Pav is one of Mumbai’s most famous food. It’s almost synonyms with the city, in fact, I remember when I was in Mumbai a few years back, it was one of my goals to eat vada pav! This popular street food is loved by one and all. So what exactly is a Vada Pav? Vada = deep-fried potato patties and pav = burger buns. You can say it’s kind of a potato sandwich or burger but what makes it so spe

cial is all the chutneys that go with it!



  • 350 grams potatoes or 2 medium-sized potatoes

  • 6 to 7 garlic cloves - small to medium sized

  • A couple of green chillies

  • There are 12 teaspoons of mustard seeds

  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)

  • 18 tsp turmeric powder

  • 7-8 curry leaves

  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)

  • As much salt as required

  • For deep frying, add oil as needed

  • optionally add 2 tablespoons red chutney

  • Eight pav or dinner rolls

  • Three or four fried green chillies mixed with salt, optional


For Batter

  • Up to 1.25 cups gram flour (besan)

  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

  • A teaspoon of turmeric

  • Baking soda - optional

  • Add 1/2 cups of water if add more if necessary

  • salt as required

Steps

  • Steam or boil potatoes in an Instant Pot, pressure cooker, or pan until they are completely cooked. Mash them with a fork in a bowl after peeling.

  • In a mortar and pestle, grind garlic and green chillies into a semi-fine paste

  • Meanwhile, heat the oil. Add mustard seeds and toast them. Once the curry leaves and asafoetida are added, stir well. Cook for a few seconds.

  • Add the crushed garlic and green chili pastes, which have been crushed in a mortar and pestle. Stir in the turmeric powder. Allow the raw garlic smell to subside for a few seconds. Avoid browning the garlic.

  • Add this tempering to the mashed potatoes.

  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and salt.

  • From the mashed potato mixture, make small to medium sized balls. They should be a bit flat. Refrigerate.


 

Making Batter

  • Make a smooth and thick yet flowing batter with the besan, turmeric powder, asafoetida, salt, and baking soda (optional).

  • It should not be too thick or thin. Add a tablespoon or two of gram flour if the batter is too thin. Water can be added if the batter becomes too thin. Keep aside.

  • Heat oil in a kadai or pan for deep-frying.


 

STEP2

  • Dip the slightly flattened potato balls in the batter when the oil becomes medium hot, and coat the potato balls evenly.

  • Gently and carefully drop these batter coated potato balls into the oil.

  • It is possible to add more or less vadas to the kadai or pan, depending on its size. Avoid overcrowding the pan.

  • Once one side is crisp, lightly golden, and firm, gently turn it over with a slotted spoon and fry the other side. Repeat as needed.

  • By turning a few times, fry the batata vada until they are evenly golden on all sides.

  • Let them drain on paper towels. By turning a few times, fry the batata vada until they are evenly golden on all sides.

  • Let them drain on paper towels. Turn the batata vada a few times to ensure they are evenly golden on all sides.

  • Let them drain on paper towels. Make all batata vada this way and set aside.

  • They should be served hot or warm. On your work surface, spread out all the chutneys and pav.


 

Serving & Assembling




  • Slice the pav without breaking it into two pieces. Alternatively, vada pav can be made with green chutney instead of sweet chutney.

  • On the sliced pav, spread both the green chutney and sweet chutney. Green chutney can also be spread on one side and sweet chutney on the other.

  • Sprinkle the dry garlic chutney on top. You can skip this if you don't have it.

  • Sandwich the hot batata vada between the bread slices.

  • Serve the vada pav immediately to prevent sogginess. Besides the chutney, you can also serve some fried salted green chillies with it.

  • Alternatively, you can serve them as an evening snack with ginger chai or coffee.






 




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