Vada Pav is one of the famous Mumbai street food and most favorite roadside snack. Mumbai vada pav, own desi Indian burger is a sandwich in which spicy vada with chutney is sandwiched in pav bun.
By now you already know how much I love Mumbai street food. Yes! even more than my own city’s Delhi Chaat. 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 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 favorite bread ‘Pav’ along with two different chutneys. Spicy garlic and 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. If you are not in Mumbai and still like to try it next best option with you is make Vada pav at home, because this is one of that food you simply can not put it “not tried yet” list.
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 going out /chilling at home with family. SO, I buy the bread from my favorite bakery. I admit it is not as good as Mumbai ladi pav but till I get that type of bread in Delhi for making Vada pav I can live with what’s available.
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 lot of good karma to make a foodie happy 🙂
Also, there is another interesting variation available these days, some of the stalls in Mumbai serve Chura pav as well. In chura pav, the chura (crispy drops of gram flour batter) which you get when frying batata vada is stuffed in two slices of pav along with same red and green chutney. Or you can choose to add this chura to regular vada pav. Options are as many as you can imagine.
So if you want to try out making the Vada pav at home, first you have to get your batata vada right and I have got a recipe of batata vada on my blog for you. You can learn to make batata vada with this Video recipe of Batata vada/aloo vada. And proceed with assembling the Vada pav as I have given in this recipe. Green chutney recipe Video is here but I am giving the ingredients here too.
Green Chutney Ingredients!
- 1cup Mint leaves (washed)
- 1/2 cup Coriander leaves (washed)
- 15g ginger
- 2-3 green chilies
- 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.