Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Vada Pav (Potato Fritter Sandwich) Recipe

The Vada Pav or the Potato Fritter Sandwich is the heart of the Mumbai street food. Crispy vadas stuffed inside the soft pav (bun) with the spicy red powder made of dry coconut, ginger and red chilies sprinkled inside is a treat to your tasted buds when served with red and green chutneys along with onions and chilies. Oops I am hungry again!

Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe

Hmm these Vada Pavs or Batata Vadas as they are known over there are the identity of Maharastrian Snacks. Whether you are a kid, a teen ager or an 80 year old you can’t stop our self from having it! These vada pavs would for sure be in your favorite chaat list if you have ever had them.

The smell of the hot vadas pulls you like magnet when you pass by the Mumbai streets. At the beginning I was a little hesitant to have them but once I had one Voila! It was a roller coaster ride for my taste senses. That one small dish had it all the sweet, the sour, the tangy, the soft, the crispy! So many flavors in that one bite were amazing.

Being a foodie as I am I couldn’t resist myself to learn how to make these Vada Pavs and was headed to the same destination again my neighbor Aunty!
She, I must tell you is a marvelous cook and a wonderful person too. She not only made it for me but also promised to share all her cooking secrets and recipes with me and I would for sure share them all with you guys.

So friends are you ready to have this healthy, easy, yummy, tangy, spicy sandwich made of potato balls and various chutneys.

Ingredients for Vada:



Ingredients

Quantity

Potatoes( boiled & meshed)(aloo) 6 large
Green chilies (hari mirch) 6 finely chopped
Garlic (lasan) Paste  1 tea spoon
Ginger (adrak) Paste 1/2 tea spoon
Onion 1/2 cup finely chopped
Coriander Leaves 1/2 bunch chopped
Mustard Seed (Rai) 1/2 tea spoon
Cumin Seed 1/4 tea spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 tea spoon
Curry Leaves 1 spring ( around 6-7)
Red Chili Powder 1 tea spoon
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tea spoon
Cumin Powder (Dry & Roasted) 1/2 tea spoon
Oil 2-3 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice 1/2 tea spoon
Rock salt (optional) 1/4 tea spoon

Ingredients for Coating of Vada:



Ingredients

Quantity

Bengal Gram/Chickpea Flour 1 & 1/4 Cup
Soda Bicarbonate/Baking Soda a small pinch
Rice Flour 1 table Spoon
Turmeric Powder 1/4 tea spoon
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tea spoon
Salt  to taste
Oil 1 table Spoon
Yogurt (optional) 1/4 cup
Water as needed

Ingredients for Red-Dry Powder:


Ingredients

Quantity

Dry/Desiccated Coconut(grated) 3 table spoon
Red Chili Powder 2 tea spoon
Garlic (lasan) 4-6 cloves chopped
Oil 1 table spoon
Gram flour crumbs/ besan boondi (optional) 1/2 cup
Salt to taste

Other Ingredients:

Pav ( bun/dinner rolls/hamburger) - 8-10 Pav

Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Vada Stuffing:

Take a frying pan add oil to it. Once heated add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and Curry Leaves
After the seeds crackle add finely chopped Onion, Green chilies (hari mirch), Garlic (lasan) Paste and Ginger (adrak) Paste,
 After which add all the spices like Asafoetida, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder (Dry & Roasted)
After which add salt and lime juice and sauté it till onions become translucent then add the mashed potatoes and  chopped coriander Leaves.
Mix all the ingredients properly and keep the filling aside to let it cool little.
Then divide the masala into 8-9 equal parts and make balls out of it.
Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe

Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Coating for Vada:

Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Take a bowl put all the dry ingredients like Soda Bicarbonate/Baking Soda, Rice Flour, Turmeric Powder, and Red Chili Powder
Then heat 1 table spoon of oil pour it to the bowl and mix it well with the other ingredients
After which pour water as need to form a thick smooth paste and blend the batter well so that it is lump free
The batter shouldn’t be too thin or else the coating will not hold on to the stuffing.

Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Vada:

Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Take frying pan (6-qt. Dutch oven to a depth of 2”) ad
Take the potato balls dip them into the batter and put them in the oil one after the other as shown in the image.
Keep turning it with a frying spoon
Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
d oil for deep frying and heat it in the medium flame.
Fry it until they go golden as shown in the image. Instead of deep frying you can also make it in a paniyaram pan (which will consume less oil and be easy to cook) as shown in the figure below:

But I have deep fried it, and then transfer it to an absorbent paper and let the excess oil drain.

Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Red Powder:

Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Grind all the ingredients (that is the dry coconut, garlic, red chili powder, oil and salt) together to make a powder out of it. If you want you can also add the besan boondi crumbs left out while making the vada.

Method/Process/Instruction for Assembling the Vada Pav:

Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Vada Pav Recipe, Batata Vada Recipe, Potato Fritter Sandwich Recipe
Take a pav (dinner rolls, hamburger) cut it open (while cutting make sure that it is intact from the other side just like a shell)
Apply sweet red chutney on one side and green mint chutney on the other (optional)
Then take the already prepared vada (potato balls) press it a little and place it inside the pav( bun) sprinkle the red coconut-garlic powder and chopped onions or green chilies if you want.
Finally close the pav and take a big bite
Do share your views about the bite you just took!