Vada pav sometimes spelled wada pav or vada paav or vada pao, is a vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra, consisting of a potato fritter in a bread bun (Laddi Pav). It originated as cheap street food in Mumbai, but is now offered in stalls and restaurants throughout India. It is believed to have been started by Ashok Vaidya who sold street food from a stall beside Dadar railway station in Mumbai in 1971.
Ingredients (8 vada pav)
For the vadas-
- Potatoes(boiled and mashed) – 7-8
- Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped)
- Garlic(grated) – 1 tbsp grated
- Ginger – 1 tsp
- Asafoetida (hing) -¼ tsp
- Salt – to taste
For the outer covering–
- Besan(Bengal gram flour) – 1 cup
- Turmeric powder (haldi) – ¼ tsp
- Oil – 1 tsp
- salt – to taste
- Laddi pavs – 8 (small squares of white bread)
- Dry Galic Chutney – 3-4 tbsp
- Coriander Chutney – 4-5 tbsp
- oil – for deep-frying
For the vada
- Mix potatoes, green chillies, garlic, ginger, hing and salt. Mix well.
- Divide into 8 equal portions. Shape into rounds. Keep aside.
For the outer covering-
- Combine besan,haldi, salt and oil in a deep bowl and make a batter using approximately ½ cup of water.
- Dip each potato ball into the batter and allow it to coat the mixture nicely.
- Deep fry in hot oil, till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
- Slice each pav horizontally from one side and spread some dry garlic chutney/coriander chutney inside.
- Place one vada in each pav.
- Vada pav is ready, serve immediately.