Vada Pav is one of the famous Mumbai street food and most favourite roadside snack. Vada pav recipe, own desi Indian burger is a sandwich in which spicy batata vada with chilli garlic chutney is sandwiched in the famous Mumbai pav. The taste of Vada pav actually depends on how good is Batata vada or Aloo vada, also the vada pav chutney.
Batata vada is made with spiced mashed potatoes, dipped in batter and deep-fried are otherwise popular in Mumbai and southern Karnataka where it is known as Aloo bonda/aloo vada.
By now you already know how much I love Mumbai street food. Yes! I love vada pav even more than my own city’s Dahi Vada. Other than being tasty, most of the Mumbai street food is quite filling which for me works as more often than not I make it one of my meals. For me, snack has to be something that has 200 Cal or below, and most of the street food do not fall under that calorie range. So, I serve them as a meal.
As I said before Mumbai Vada pav is our own desi burger in which batata vada or Aloo bonda or Aloo vada is sandwiched between Mumbai’s iconic and favourite bread ‘Pav’ along with two different chutneys. Spicy chilli garlic chutney with peanut chutney, known as Thecha and green chutney. A fried piece of green chilli is mandatory to enjoy the real taste of authentic Mumbai Vada pav.
You get one of the best Vada pav opposite Mithi Bai College in Mumbai. But, even if you don’t get a chance to sample that, you get a decent Vada pav on any of the stalls near Mumbai local railway stations. Goli Vada pav is another popular vada pav, Now we have their Vada pav franchise in NCR too.
There is no popular Vada for me, so the next best option is to make Vada pav recipe at home. This is one of those foods you simply can not put it “not tried yet” list, so You must try it soon :).
We do make Mumbai vada pav often on the weekends for brunch. Even though I have almost got my chutney right except I make my Thecha without garlic, but getting the softest Pav buns like Mumbai is almost next to impossible in Delhi. So I have to make do with what is available here in Delhi.
No, I don’t make pav bun at home anymore simply because I hardly get just a weekend off so I would rather spend that on meal prep for the week and be going out /chilling at home with family. So, I buy the bread from my favourite bakery. I admit it is not as good as Mumbai ladi pav. But, till the time I get that type of bread in Delhi for making Vada pav I can live with what’s available. I even make samosa pav with the same pav bread. It’s good!
BTW, if you know where can I get pav similar to ladi pav of Mumbai in Delhi, Do let me know where I can get it. You will get a lot of good karma to make a foodie happy 🙂
Also, there is another interesting variation available these days, Chura pav. In chura pav, the chura (crispy drops of gram flour batter) which you get when frying batata vada is used along with vada pav chutney. You can also, add this chura to regular vada pav. Options are as many as you can imagine.
If you are making vada pav recipe at home, first you have to get your batata vada right. I have a batata vada recipe on the blog. You can learn to make batata vada with this Video recipe of Batata vada/aloo vada.
Green Chutney Ingredients!
- 1cup Mint leaves (washed)
- 1/2 cup Coriander leaves (washed)
- 15g ginger
- 2-3 green chillies
- 2Tbsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
Just grind it all together and use it as required
Red Garlic Chutney Recipe for Vada pav
- 1/4cup desiccated coconut
- 1/5cup roasted peanuts
- 3-4 red chillis (more if you like it hotter)
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 2 flakes of garlic (optional, I skip it as we don’t like garlic much)
- Salt to taste
Just grind them all to gather till you get a coarse paste.
If you are love of Mumbai street food you might like to check many other recipes of Mumbai street food . Ragada Pattice, Batata Vada, Mumbai Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Masala toast, Mumbai Masala Pav, Dahi Sev Puri Chaat, Pav Bhaji
How to make Vada pav - Vada pav recipe
- 4 in Batata Vada/Aloo vada recipe linkrecipe note below
- 4 Pav Buns
- 1/2 cup Green chutney
- 1/2 cup Red Garlic chutney
- 4-6 green chillies
- 1 tsp Oil
- 1 Tbsp Butter
Batata Vada Recipe Ingredients
- 500 gm Potatoes boiled and mashed
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- 1 teaspoon green chillies chopped
- 4 - 5 tablespoon coriander leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 200 gm gram flour
- 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- to taste salt
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tsp of oil and add green chilies. stir it well cover it (must because chilis can burst otherwise) cook for a minute on slow heat and switch off the heat.
Slit the pav buns in the middle and apply little amount of butter in the middle of every bun.
Just don’t open the buns completely it should be attached to one side completly.
Now just open up the pav a little and cook it on a hot skillet or tava.
To assemble apply green chutney and red chilli garlic chutney in the pav.
place a batata vada along with fried green chili on the side and enjoy the taste of Mumbai street food Vada pav in home.
How to Make Batata Vada
In a mixing bowl, Mix gram flour, a pinch of teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder and salt to taste. Add water and whisk it into a smooth and thick consistency batter.
Heat 1 & 1/2 tbsp. oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they start spluttering, add coriander leaves. Add the ginger and chopped chillies. Saute it for a minute.
Now add coriander powder and chaat masala, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix it well. Add 2 tablespoons of water and add coarsely mashed potatoes.
Keep the potato filling aside and let it cool.
Make 8 equal sized balls of potato filling, now dip these balls and coat these balls into the gram flour batter we made.
Now drop these batter coated balls in the hot oil very carefully and fry them on medium-high heat. when they are golden brown from all side, with the help of a slotted spoon take them out of the pan onto a plate lined with a kitchen napkin.
Serve them hot with coriander mint chutney and spicy fried green chilli.