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Vada Pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav or vada paav is very famous in India especially in Maharashtra. Vada Pav used to be a poor man’s food, but these days everyone spotted eating it at Mumbai numerous roadside food stalls! Sometimes its also known as “Indian Burger“.


Vada filling

  • 1 1/2 cups boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp grated garlic
  • 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

Its 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
  • oil for deep-frying

Pavs (small squares of white bread)

Method of Preparation: vada fillling

  • 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.

Method of Preparation: outer covering

  • 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.

Ingredients of Dry Garlic Chutney

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic cloves – ⅓ cup
  • Desiccated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Red chili powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – to taste

Method of Preparation: Dry Garlic Chutney

  • Heat the oil in pan on medium heat.
  • Once hot add garlic cloves and sauté them till lightly brown.
  • Then add desiccated coconut and sauté them till coconut become lightly golden.
  • Let it cool little bit.
  • Add garlic and coconut mixture in food processor. Add red chili powder and salt.
  • Pulse it till mixture is grinded and become crumbly. (if you are using mixer then do not use any water.)

Process to serve

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