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:
|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|
|Lemon Juice||1/2 tea spoon|
|Rock salt (optional)||1/4 tea spoon|
Ingredients for Coating of Vada:
|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|
|Oil||1 table Spoon|
|Yogurt (optional)||1/4 cup|
Ingredients for Red-Dry Powder:
|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|
Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Vada Stuffing:
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.
Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Coating for Vada:
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:
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
Method/Process/Instruction for Making the Red Powder:
Method/Process/Instruction for Assembling the Vada Pav:
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!