Jan 15, 2012

Vada Pav/ Batata Vada

Vada pav – Indian version of burger, must be one of the most loved street foods. Vada Pav is an evergreen fast food in Mumbai. You will get Vada Pav in each and every street corner in Mumbai. It used to be "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be spotted eating it at Bombay's (Mumbai) numerous roadside foods stalls. This dish was initially started as the cheapest form of a meal for low income group, but due to its taste, this dish became so popular, and many people have it at breakfast, lunch or even dinner as well.  It consists of a batata vada (called bonda in South India) sandwiched between 2 slices of a pav.
Ingredients
 Big Potatoes boiled, peeled, mashed   -   4 no
Chopped green chilies                              2 nos
Grated ginger                                          1 tsp.
Green coriander chopped                        3 tbsp.
Lime juice                                               1tsp
Chopped Curry leaves                            1 tsp.
Green chilies (Slit Lengthwise)                2 nos
Salt                                                        to taste
Vegetables oil                                          for deep frying
For the outer covering
Bengal gram (Besan)                              1 cup
Turmeric Powder                                    ¾ tsp.
 Baking soda                                            A pinch 
Salt                                                       to taste
Vegetable oil                                         for deep frying
 Other ingredients
 Vegetable oil                                         for deep-frying
Bread    (Pav)                                          4 no
Butter                                                   2 tbsp.
Fried Green chilies                                  – 4 no
Green Chutney   (Grind  together -mint, coriander leaves, roasted jeera powder, green chilies, 1 tsp. lemon juice)
Turmeric Chutney   (Grind together - Dates, Tamarind paste, jiggery, black salt, red chili powder, chaat powder)

 
Method:
  • Mash potatoes very well. Add chopped green chilies, ginger, curry leaves, salt and coriander leaves. Mix lemon juice in it and mix very well. Divide the mixture equally into small dumplings.
  •  Mix the gram flour with salt and turmeric powder and baking soda. Add enough water to make a batter of medium thick consistency.
  • Heat the oil in a wok deep fry the dumpling (potato Vada), now coat the dumplings with the batter and deep fry till golden brown and keep it on a tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.

  • Take the pav (bun breads), make a slit in between. Spread butter, Tamarind chutney, and green chutney on one side of the bread.
  •  Stuff the vada in between and serve the Vada Pav with fried green chilies and Tomato ketchup.

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