Vada Pav Recipe
Vada Pav is a popular street food in India, especially in the state of Maharashtra. It consists of a spiced potato fritter (vada) sandwiched between a pav, a soft bread roll, and is often served with chutneys and fried green chili peppers. This delicious and spicy snack is a favorite among many and is relatively easy to prepare at home. Here’s a recipe to make authentic Vada Pav:
For the Potato Filling (Vada):
- 4 large potatoes, boiled, peeled, and mashed
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 8-10 curry leaves, chopped
- 2-3 green chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
- 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
For the Batter:
- 1 cup gram flour (besan)
- A pinch of baking soda (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Water, as needed
- 4 pav (soft bread rolls)
- Green chutney (made from cilantro and mint)
- Tamarind chutney
- Fried green chili peppers (optional)
- Butter or oil for toasting the pav
- Prepare the Potato Filling (Vada):
- Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Allow them to splutter.
- Add chopped curry leaves, green chilies, grated ginger, and minced garlic. Sauté for a minute.
- Add turmeric powder and red chili powder. Stir well.
- Add the mashed potatoes and salt. Mix everything together and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
- Prepare the Batter:
- In a mixing bowl, combine gram flour, a pinch of baking soda (if using), and salt.
- Gradually add water and whisk to make a smooth, thick batter. Ensure there are no lumps.
- Shape and Fry the Vadas:
- Take a portion of the potato mixture and shape it into a round or oval patty.
- Heat oil for frying in a deep pan or kadai.
- Dip the potato patty into the gram flour batter, ensuring it’s well coated.
- Carefully place it in hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp. Remove and drain excess oil on a paper towel.
- Assemble the Vada Pav:
- Slice the pav horizontally without cutting all the way through.
- Spread green chutney on one side of the pav and tamarind chutney on the other.
- Place a hot vada in the center of the pav and press it gently.
- Optionally, you can add fried green chili peppers to the sandwich.
- Heat a little butter or oil in a pan and toast the assembled vada pav until it’s golden and crispy on the outside.
- Serve Hot:
- Serve the vada pav immediately with extra chutney on the side.
Enjoy your homemade Vada Pav, a beloved Indian street food snack!