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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mumbai Vada Pav Recipe

Today I am going to visit into uncharted territory of such a staple  recipe whose origins are diametrically opposite to my ethnic city Kolkata. It's none other than vada pav from Mumbai. this doesn't need any introduction....Mumbai ultimate street food symbol : a potato cutlet in a bun. During my last visit to Mumbai, I realized that this humble meal of potato fritters thrust inside a bun is what energizes the Mumbaikars ( Mumbai Residents). 

From Rich to Middle Class to Poor all of them are smitten by this dish. Even my younger sister who lives in Mumbai, when she comes home late from work and does not have the urge to cook, she has the 1st instinct to head to a nearest vada pav joint. Delicious food at reasonable price is unbelievable. I make pavs at home so on most days I make them a day ahead to fasten up the process. I am going to post "how to make dinner rolls /Pavs " so stay tuned ....Til then sharing the aloo bondas. 

5-6 Potatoes, boiled
2-3 Green chillies, chopped
1/2 tsp chopped Ginger
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Fistful of Curry leaves, chopped roughly 
A big pinch of Asafoetida
2 tbsp chopped Cilantro leaves
2 tsp fresh Lemon juice
Salt to taste 
Oil for frying the vadas

For Outer Coating:
1 cup Gram flour /Besan 
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
 A pinch of Baking soda
2 tsp Hot Oil 
Salt to taste

You will get approx 9-10 vadas with the above quantity depending upon the size of balls you make. You can use store bought Pavs for this. Or wait till I post "How to Make Pavs".

Take boiled potatoes in a large bowl and roughly peel and mash it coarsely. Keep aside. In a pan heat 2 tbsp oil, add mustard seeds and asadoetida /hing. When the mustard seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves, green chillies, ginger and turmeric powder. Fry for a minute and then add potatoes and stir fry the mixture for another 5-6 minutes on low flame. Add cilantro, salt and mix well. Remove from heat and let this mixture cool. Add lemon juice only when the mixture is cooled down. Keep aside. 

To prepare the outer coating you need to take a bowl and mix together all the ingredients (Don't forget to add 2 tsp oil. Now with the help of little water make a thick batter. Heat a deep frying pan with enough oil to fry the vadas. The oil temperature should be hot, to check just drop a small besan batter and it should sizzle and rise to the top but not get browned right away. 
Divide the batter into small size balls and dip one ball at a time in the gram flour batter coating all sides. Gently lift the batter coated ball and slip in the hot oil. Do not over crowd the pan, I do it one at a time. Now fry it both sides till it turn golden brown. 

Blot the excess oil on a paper towel. Fry the remaining vadas in the same process. Take Pavs(dinner rolls) cut horizontally by taking cake one end is still joined. Spread some Green chutney, Dry Garlic chutney place a vada and have this with fried green chilles. 

For fried Green Chillies you just need some chillies, salt and some salt. Just slit the green chilles vertically, deep fry them and sprinkle some salt on them. Just put them inside the vada pavs and dig in !!!

How To Make Dry Garlic Chutney:
9-10 Garlic, peeled
5-6 Dry whole red chillies
4 tbsp grated dry Coconut/ Copra
1 tsp Sesame seeds
7-8 Peanuts
1 tsp Salt or to taste
1 tsp Oil

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry garlic pods until light brown. With the help of slotted spoon remove the galic pods and place them on a kitchen towel. In the remaining oil fry dry coconut till it is light brown. Add sesame seeds after few seconds and saute for another minute. Switch off the burner and let this mixture cool. Grind the red chillies + fried garlic pods +coconut mixture along with salt and peanuts. DO NOT ADD WATER. Dry Garlic chutney is ready. This chutney has long shelf life so you can store it in an air tight container. Don't use a wet spoon. 


  1. Wow what a delicious pav.... Though I have not gotta chance to taste it, have heard about it... Will try soon...

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  2. Akila: this is actually a simple humble potato dish which you should make soon :-)

  3. mouth watering recipe, looks so inviting...

  4. from rich to middle class to poor.. you have missed out the "deprieved ones" :) craving some now and really lovely photographs esp. with the lovely hands.

  5. Love it any fav snack too

  6. mumbaikar is here andwhen did u come to mumbai deepa

    this is indeed staple food of mumbaikars on the go.

    my home version does differ but this is the correct recipe as the vadapav one joint is just next to my work place and the smell becomes so irresistable that its hard to stop and go and buy it. lately my tummy acts up everytime i eat bahar ka vada pav so i make my version at home but yes this is wonderful or in other words i wud say

    THIS IS IT......


  7. Omg, you posted my favorite recipe. This is the ultimate go to street food for any mumbaikar. Have grown up eating this possibly from all stalls:) I miss them so much.... you have made them perfect...just the way they serve it

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  8. wow, lovely clicks. i too tried recently.. loved it :)

  9. That looks so yummy...Love it...:)


  10. vada pav never looked so beautiful...i am from Mumbai and this post makes me proud

  11. This is my hubby's favorite... nicely explained

  12. Fantastic presentation, yummy dish too!

  13. The vada pav looks so tempting!! Fabulous recipe my friend :)

  14. I'm mouthwatering here. Looks so yummy.

  15. yummy pav, my fav one and so perfectly made... so glad to follow your blog, such wonderful recipes and great clicks too. Do visit me

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  16. so drooling over here.. can I get some delivered???

  17. Great presentation,mouthwatering..looks awesome.

  18. I never get the coating so perfect. Lovely!

  19. Love it! but chili gulo dekhe nah ekta kamor marte icche hoche. Ami banai ni kono dino vada pau .. ekhon bhabchi I should sometime soon!

  20. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mouth watering vada pav and my hot favourite. I am drooling.

  21. Delicious,tempting and perfectly all time favourite snack...waiting for your pav buns:)

  22. Drooling ..drooling..Beautiful tempting clicks..feeling nostalgic,Deepa:-)
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  23. Packing my bags & coming to your place now!!! Looks tooooooooooo....temtpting!!!
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  24. woow ..... drooling here over the pics. Wish I could just eat out of the screen :)

  25. Oh why? why this temptation in the morning! I want to grab one and just eat... then take another!

    I call this the Shivaji burger / Indian burger.
    For 2 years, during my MBA, my BFF and I lived on Vada Paav and Cutting chai, from our B-school cafeteria.Miss those awesome times, u brought back memories!

  26. wow... fantastic presetation... vada pav looks flavourful and delicious.. perfect..

  27. The pictures look awesome and super tempting...One of my favorite street foods

  28. Just 10 minutes ago was talking to my dad, and he mentioned vada pav from MUMBAI..he told me he used to buyfrom a stall in Santacruz, near Asha parekh's house or office don't know much ..and he asked me why don't you make and feed my SON IN LAW and my GRAND KIDS..:) so I am making today..:) I already drooling seeing your pics :DD

  29. I could have some vada paav right now :-)

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  30. i love this and i could have it anytime!beautiful pics.

  31. Yummm....Id rather not count how many of these I've had during college days. Very tempting!

  32. "Vada Pav"ki lobho niyo picture sab kota..and batata vada as they say in marathi looks so delicious with those green chilies..ek dom chat-pata and pochondor khabar amar..hugs

  33. Wow. I can eat the whole basket along with hari mirch and garlic chutney. Please check my blog too

  34. Thanks for nice Receipe
    vadapav, is a popular spicy vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between two slices of a pav.


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