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.

  • Servings: 3-serving
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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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.<br />
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 o

Summary

  • Cuisine: indian
  • Course: main course
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

For the vada filling:
3 cups Mashed potatoes
3 Green chilies , chopped
1” Piece of ginger , chopped
Cloves , 5 Garlic chopped
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tablespoons Oil
sprig 1 curry leaves , roughly chopped
To taste, salt
For the chickpea covering:
1 cup Chickpea flour (besan)
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 to fry Baking soda
to taste, Salt
1/3 cup Water , approximately
Oil to deep fry

Steps

  1. 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.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and pop in the mustard seeds, followed by curry leaves and turmeric powder.
  3. Once the mustard seeds have stopped spluttering, pour it into the potato mash and mix well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 14 equal portions and shape into balls.
  5. To make the outer covering for the vada, mix together the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Pour in water little by little and whisk well till you have a batter that is as thick as beaten curd.
  7. Coat each potato ball with the batter and deep fry till golden brown. Drain on absorbent papers and keep aside.
  8. 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.
  9. Slice each pav into half. Apply butter all over the pav and grill lightly on a hot pan.
  10. 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!

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