Friday, September 21, 2012

Vada Pav


We observed one more Bharat Bandh to protest the latest rise in diesel prices yesterday. Though the entire country came to a standstill, I had a very busy day at home. In between Finding Nemo on Star Movies and Arjunan Sakshi on Surya TV (seen both movies several times but simply couldn't resist the charm of Nemo and Prithviraj), a game of football with Qya on the terrace(!) and some hot gossip with my mom, I somehow managed to make vada pav for the family, especially for Qya who has taken a liking for the 'bada' he eats at school. Sadly, though not entirely unexpected, he refused to even taste the bada I made claiming that his teacher made them in a different shape. But he loved the buttery pavs and declared the dry garlic chutney to be delicious even as his eyes watered as its fiery flavours registered.

Vada Pav is a popular fast food from Maharastra that consists of a deep fried potato vada or fritter sandwiched between small, buttery, square bread slices or pav. The sandwich is often accompanied by coriander and mint chutney, dry garlic chutney and fried green chilies that add a significant amount of oomph and tang.


The Vada

For the vada filling:

3 cups mashed potatoes
3 green chilies, chopped
1" piece of ginger, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tablespoons oil
1 sprig curry leaves, roughly chopped
To taste, salt

For the chickpea covering:
1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
to taste, salt
1/3 cup water, approximately

To deep fry, oil


To make the vada filling, grind the green chilies, ginger and garlic in a processor. Mix well with the potato mash and season as required. Heat oil in a pan and pop in the mustard seeds, followed by curry leaves and turmeric powder. Once the mustard seeds have stopped spluttering, pour it into the potato mash and mix well. Divide the mixture into 14 equal portions and shape into balls. 

To make the outer covering for the vada, mix together the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, baking soda and salt. Pour in water little by little and whisk well till you have a batter that is as thick as beaten curd. 

Coat each potato ball with the batter and deep fry till golden brown. Drain on absorbent papers and keep aside.

Coriander and mint chutney

2 cups coriander leaves
1 cup mint leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 green chili
1 scant teaspoon sugar
To taste, salt

Method: Grind together all the ingredients in a mixer till smooth. Adjust seasoning.

Dry Garlic Chutney

1/2 a dried coconut (kopra), roughly chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons red chili powder
4-5 cloves garlic
to taste, salt

Method: Blend all ingredients to a coarse powder in a mixer.

To assemble: For the vada pav, you will need 14 pavs (you can use normal burger buns if you don't have access to pavs), vadas (recipe above), and the chutneys (recipe above), fried green chilies and some butter. Slice each pav into half. Apply butter all over the pav and grill lightly on a hot pan. Apply the coriander and mint chutney on the pav, place the vada in between the slices, press gently and serve with a tablespoon (or more) of the dry garlic chutney and a couple of green chilies. Enjoy!

So, what did you do yesterday? 


  1. Awesome pics.. vadapav is my favourite street food of all time :)

  2. healthy delicious vada pav lovely pictures

  3. Ohh.. I seriously started wandering into the only time I have had actual street vada paav in Pune..

    Its surely a keeper.. very nice pics indeed !!

  4. Kothipichu..I wanna have some now:(Perfectly done dear,great clicks..:)

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  5. pretty pics and yummy treat indeed; the bandh was a no show at my place too. we enjoyed the evening with with baby corn fritters

  6. So perfect!!! Fantastic, superlative clicks!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. loving all the pics...n ofcourse vada pav is an all time fav!

  8. First time here... Vada pav is a favorite and I just cannot resist your pic... They r tru to life absolutely delicious !!

    I wish we cld get authentic pav here miss that :(

  9. hi indu,
    thanks for leaving comments on 'open book'. Its the blog i started initially and then the food blog bug bit me and ahve completely omitted it. Yup GM diet sucks because you end up eating way more than you need after that :(
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  10. Vada Pav looks super tempting....Love the clicks which make my mouth water...

  11. I love vada pav and mostlt I love to bite a huge chuck of green chili along with it. Gosh .. i am seriously drooling here and craving for some.

  12. I love love your images. Perfection. And Im sooo gonna make this goodness :)

  13. wow..amazing clicks..n yummy recipe..
    happy to follow u..

    do visit n follow.

  14. Have just found your blog - such gorgeous pictures! I love Indian food and this looks so yummy, will have to give it a try

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