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Vada pav

Vada pav – Indian version of burger, must be one of the most loved street foods. Vada is a spicy potato mixture with a coating of gram flour, deep fried in oil. Pav is a special kind of soft bread, almost square in shape. V and I are great fans of this absolutely yummy dish from our college days in Belgaum. Somehow I was always hesitant to try vada pav as I was not too sure. I thought it had a very elaborate procedure. Finally yesterday I made it. I had invited few of our friends for a small vada pav party. It became an instant hit.

The chutneys for this were very easy to make. I made all the three chutneys even though the green chutney and the red garlic chutney are the most frequently used ones. Sweet chutney is not always a part of it. But I remember eating it in Belgaum. It suited very well for our party because many of us cannot take very hot food and the red and green chutneys are quite hot. I went with my instincts and few other chaats I have made in the past, since when I searched in the internet, there were so many different recipes for all these chutneys.

Check out different versions of this vada - batata vada, batata vada with raw onion.

I am sending this to DK’s potato feast and Sia’s Ode to potato events.

Vada stuffing:
3 cups boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes (that is about 4 big potatoes)
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn ginger garlic paste
2 green chilies
3-4 strands coriander leaves
1/2 cup chopped onion
A pinch turmeric

Heat a little oil and add mustard, cumin seeds. When it starts popping, add curry leaves, green chilies, ginger garlic paste, onions and fry till onions turn translucent. Add the potatoes, turmeric, salt and mix well. If there are any big pieces of potatoes, add a little water and close and cook for few minutes, then mash and mixed well.
Add chopped coriander leaves and mix. Let it cool a bit.

Vada coating:
1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
1 tbl spn rice flour (added for crispiness)
1/2 tea spn chili powder

Mix all the above ingredients with water to make a smooth paste. As soon as water it added to the flours, it starts becoming lumps, so mix it with hand to remove lumps or use a egg whisk. Do not make it too thin, the coating does not hold on to the stuffing it is too thin.

Making vadas:
Heat oil for deep frying.
Make a ping-pong ball sized round from the stuffing. Dip the ball into the coating batter and deep fry in hot oil. Take out on a paper towel.

Green chutney:
9-10 strands coriander leaves
Few mint leaves (optional, I didn’t use it)
3 green chilies
1″ piece ginger (optional)

Grind all to a smooth paste. Do not make too watery.

Red chutney:
1 cup dried coconut (or dessicated coconut)
2 tbl spns chili powder
1 tea spn chopped garlic
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 1-2 pieces of tamarind (optional, added for tanginess)

Dry roast coconut and tamarind till it turns slightly brownish. Grind together with all other ingredients. This is dry powder, so do not add water. It can be stored in air tight containers for about a month.

Sweet chutney :
5-6 dates(khajoor)
1/2 tea spn tamarind extract or about 4-5 pieces of tamarind
1/2 tea spn jaggery(optional, added only if sweetness of dates is not enough)

Soak dates in warm water for about 30mins. Take out seeds (better yet, use seedless dates). Grind with all other ingredients.

Making vada pav:
Take a pav (I used Savory butter rolls from King’s Hawaiian, which are slightly smaller than the actual pav). Cut open the rolls horizontally, taking care one end is still connected.
Apply three chutneys to pav as desired.

Slightly press the vada to flatten it.

Keep it on one half of the pav and cover with other half. Slightly press down.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 40mins

PS: I have mentioned the amount of chilies according to my taste. Make changes to suit your taste. Even though in actual vada pav, one end of pav is kept intact, I have cut it into two for taking pictures because the pav was too small.

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  • Shafalika February 17, 2008, 1:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this Shilpa… I was waiting for this one.. I miss eating vada pav from Belgaum.. it was absolute heaven..

  • Mythreyee February 17, 2008, 1:45 pm

    Love it!

  • Aruna February 17, 2008, 2:12 pm

    Wow my favorite….You can spread some finely chopped fresh onions if one can tolerate the smell of fresh onions.

  • Rupa February 17, 2008, 2:42 pm

    Looks great and Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • vimmi February 17, 2008, 4:27 pm

    Love vada pav. We used to eat those during college times. We used to get these just opp. Borivli station and whenever we would go there, there would a long queue of people just for this. Have to eat these during my indian trip.

    I make mine the same way but without green chutney. Next time will make green chutney.

  • Kalai February 17, 2008, 6:17 pm

    I’ve never tried this before, Shilpa, but it looks awesome! Thanks! :)

  • Maya February 17, 2008, 7:35 pm

    Aahh, feel like biting into the picture itself..I simply love vada paav. Great pics too Shilpa..

  • Simple indian food February 17, 2008, 7:53 pm

    I love vada pav toooo..have posted it on my blog some time back

  • Suganya February 17, 2008, 9:35 pm

    Just like the ones sold in road-side shops. Shilpa, this is a no-fry-month in my house. Don’t make me break it :(. Looks gorgeous.

  • Shibani February 17, 2008, 10:00 pm

    Hi slipa,

    It was great . I love those vadas Very nice pictures.

    Keep it up

  • Dhivya February 18, 2008, 12:20 am

    I simply luv Vada pav! Like u said, these bring memories of my times in North India when I used to relish them in my school! Now I make them myself….but nothing beats the feeling of eating out with friends over gossip! ;-)

    Lovely luking Vada Pav Shilpa..I luv it…Thanks a heap for sending me this wonderful entry

  • pelicano February 18, 2008, 1:02 am

    Oh how good those look! And what a great idea for a fun, casual party- and the guests can fix it how they like! I’ll be trying these. BTW Shilpa, I tried drumsticks from a can the other day; although I am sure fresh is best, I will tell you I liked them right away! I kept snacking on them plain… ;-)

    Shilpa: Yes Pel. The fun part was to fix their own vada pavs. I demonstrated one :) and I heard, oh thats great from one of them, who was terrified at the site of green and red chutney ;). He felt good when he saw sweet chutney.
    Snacking on drumstick??? Oh my….Yeah, the fresh ones taste amazing.

  • sia February 18, 2008, 3:40 am

    oh! its so lovely. i used to eat them a lot when i was in dharwad. thank you for putting detailed recipe of vada pav with all chutneys shilpa:) u r a gem :)
    and thank you for sending me this gorgeous entry.

  • Purnima February 18, 2008, 5:08 am

    Shilpa…wow…the chutneys and vada all look great!! Going from College to home, often called for vada-pav since we used to get more time to hang around chatting!!tks for sharing!!

  • Anamika Singh:The Sugarcrafter February 18, 2008, 8:29 am

    Hi shilpa
    Just looking at it gave me an impulse to make it for my son in the evening. Lovely detailed description and nice visual appeal.

  • Asha February 18, 2008, 9:05 am

    WOW!!! That looks delcious, as genuine as they come on the streets!! I have never eaten this in India from the carts, but do make at home. Great job Shilpa!:)

  • Siri February 18, 2008, 9:16 am

    Yohhooo!.. The vada pav looks so yummy Shilpa, no wonder it became an instant hit in ur party! Thanks for the elaborative post.


  • veda February 18, 2008, 11:09 am

    hi shilpa,

    Although vada pav is not my fav junk food….seeing the picture u have posted is mouth watering!!!!

  • mansi s. naik February 18, 2008, 1:21 pm

    very nice receipe of vada pav,same way if you you can suggest receipe of Dholala &undoyo (Gujarathi dish)
    o.k.bye.all the best shilpa
    mansi s.naik

  • Sunil February 18, 2008, 1:56 pm

    This tasted as good as it looks. Yaad aa gaya mujhko guzra zaamana…. I always count number of years I must have not had a dish when I speak to Amma. Since I have known your husband and you – so many of those dishes are getting knocked off the list. Thanks for sharing all these recipes and opening your home for all the dinner parties with Authentics Aayis Recipes….. Lots of Love and Blessings to you both

  • musy February 18, 2008, 5:34 pm

    Shilpa, i am drooling, looking at the vada-paav! That party sure must have been lots of fun!

  • Linda February 18, 2008, 10:20 pm

    Shilpa, I am just waiting for your cookbook… that looks spectacular!! :)

  • Prasad Prabhu February 19, 2008, 4:59 am

    humm, is the place Balu’s Vada Pav in belgaum. its the best place for Vada Pav, so is his Vada Chat

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  • sabina February 19, 2008, 6:12 pm

    thanks its looks so tempting….. i will make it tonight….


  • Deepa February 19, 2008, 6:21 pm

    I used to eat vada pav in Mumbai…..nothing tasted so good….nice pics Shilpa…moohmein paani aa gaya..:)

  • Archy February 19, 2008, 7:51 pm

    Hi.. Shilpa,
    Vada Pav.. looks yummy !!
    Lovely entry !!

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  • bee February 20, 2008, 4:31 pm

    that red chutney sounds delicious. will be trying it soon.

  • Archana February 26, 2008, 3:28 am

    very very nicely detailed! With excellent and appetizing pictures. I made a vada pav during the initial days of blogging, but hmm hmm, no details and not as good as this picture. Great Work!!

  • smitha February 27, 2008, 3:45 pm

    Hey it look so yummy …Belagum college days ..i too miss teh chat centres at first gate …I am so ..I ll try as quickly as possible..

  • Lakshmi March 2, 2008, 11:44 pm

    yummo..burger looks so good. DELICIOUS

  • surabhikamat@yahoo.com March 5, 2008, 6:04 am

    Last week I had been to Maharastra on a pilgrim to Kolhapur, Pandarpur, Tuljapur Alandi and Shirdi. On my way to all they places and at all the ST Bus Stands (State Transport) in Maharastra the vendors used to sell this delectable VADA PAV right through the window of our bus. Not like what you have shown in your picture. Just PAV and VADA (no Chutney) but with a optional FRIED GREEN CHILLY (only one for a Vada). For the reason of hygiene we did not buy it. In a Hotel in Alandi (near Poona) VADA PAV was served with SAMBAR. We returned yesterday to our place MYSORE and asked my AAYI to prepare VADA PAV today. She did prepare it today. Instead of PAV (as it is not available near our place) we used BUN.

  • manju March 5, 2008, 3:20 pm

    Wonderful entry! I’ve never been to India but your lovely reminiscing certainly increases my desire to visit one day. Thanks for sharing your memories and recipes — the vivid colors of your chutneys really make your pics come alive!

  • Anand April 25, 2008, 8:46 am

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
    For the vada coating, I would add a pinch of baking soda.
    This will ensure the vada retains the shape and the covering will be a little thick and adds to the taste.

  • nidhi May 5, 2008, 6:20 am

    nice one!

  • khushbu July 14, 2008, 10:43 pm

    it looks really tasty..!!
    i loved it..ll be tryin it 2mrrw and will leave u the feedback..

  • vasanti rajadhyaksha July 17, 2008, 2:08 pm

    hello shilpa.just a tip while making the batter for vada coating,you must not put all thw water in the beginning. start by mixing a tbsp at a time till you get a thick smooth paste, and then add little water to get your desired consistency.this way you will not get any lumps in your batter.all the best. vasanti rajadhyaksha.also called as “aiee” by her family(75 yrs).

  • uzma July 25, 2008, 9:53 am

    Thanks so much for all the yammmmi recipes.
    I just love cooking TYPICAL Indian. Thougj I am a Pakistani, But have lived abroad for my whole life mixing with a lot of Indian families and loved eating their food, while the loved eating Pakistani food. Some of your recipes are absolutely GREAT. I just loved your red chutney recipe for the vada pav. I make a lot of indian recipes like the Pav bhaji(my daughter loves it) Dosa and all.
    Would you be my friend and keep in touch with me?
    Uzma Fauzan

  • chrisvaz August 8, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Great website–and I look forward to preparing the goodies from your recipes.
    I was introduced to your website by Sailu…..

  • rupali August 22, 2008, 6:05 am

    very good receipies

  • trilok rana October 27, 2008, 5:04 pm

    i read your recipe for wada pav .i used to live in bombay b4 1977 . and i used to love eating wada pav .i am going to try your recipe this weekend and i am sure it will be as good as we can get in bombay.

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  • suvarna November 20, 2008, 6:44 am

    thanks for posting this recipe.i just love it. i am from AP.i tird somaney times to get it at lost now i got it thanq very much.your all recipes i saw.they are very nice.very helpfull to all.please put some punjabi recipes also i like them. thanq 1s again

  • Roopa Mahesh February 1, 2009, 9:32 am

    Hey grt job……. My husband has did his most of education frm mumbai and he thinks tht nobody can make vada pav like in mumbai. But today he thinks an southindian can also make better vada pav thn mumbaities ;)…….

  • Arundati February 20, 2009, 1:06 am

    this is for Vimmi (comment dated feb17, 2008)…. you mentined Borivali stn …is it by any chance the Pipasa vada pav centre…OOOH!! they still make it as good …..

  • Tanvika April 15, 2009, 1:01 pm

    Thank you shilpa.you are great. And your way of making vada pav is owesome.
    Thanks and i request to put more your indian recipe like this on line.

  • BHAVANI May 27, 2009, 3:22 am

    mouth watering………

  • Asha June 9, 2009, 3:27 am

    Hey Shilpa — I’m planning to prepare Vada Pav for 1st time and u’ve provided a comprehensive recipe and it just looks YUMMMMY!!!!
    Thank you for posting.

  • Lydia June 22, 2009, 9:39 pm

    Thankyou so much for the recipe DH and DS loved it. I have tried this once but your recipe the directions were ery clear, so they turned out good. Since we eat a bit spicy I didnt make the seewt chutney.

  • bijoy July 27, 2009, 6:08 am

    superb.. looks yummy .. recalling my good old days in mumbai.. print it now.. willa ask my wife who havent even heard about it.. hope its as it loks in the snap above,

  • bijoy July 27, 2009, 6:08 am

    superb.. looks yummy .. recalling my good old days in mumbai.. print it now.. willa ask my wife who havent even heard about it.. hope its as it looks in the snap above,

  • aditya August 26, 2009, 3:04 pm

    thanks…..i am a great fan of vada pav…….i will ask my mother to prepare for me exactly as u said…

  • RB February 9, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Hit the spot, especially during this cold, extended snow storm here on the East Coast! Thanks a ton – great recipe and brought back lovely memories of college days in Bombay.

  • soni March 7, 2010, 8:25 pm

    hi, thanxs for recipe, as i remembered pune, n joshi vada pav wala, really staying in bolivia, south america, i really miss pune, india.

  • anita July 22, 2010, 9:51 pm

    good old Pune, never will forget the most delicious joshi wada pav………..miss pune, miss wada pav……….NZ

  • manju December 6, 2010, 4:06 am

    Hi Simple recipe but a great delight to eat, thanx a ton for your lavish explainations and description………

  • Someone February 19, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Awesome recipie. Made it for first time and it rocked.

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  • bhavneet August 4, 2011, 11:48 am

    i liked the spices used in your version of vada pav and thanks for taking pain for typing all three chatnies .wonderfull.

  • rekha August 10, 2011, 11:51 pm

    very yummy.

  • polly October 11, 2011, 11:11 am

    looks yummy!!!

  • bhargavi November 5, 2011, 4:37 am

    Very tasty! yummy!
    I will sure try this to my husband who havent heard of it…..

  • Lori December 3, 2011, 8:24 am

    I had some leftover mashed potatoes from our Thanksgiving dinner. I stir fried the spices and aromatics and then added them to my potatoes. I followed your recipe and we absolutely loved it. It was our first time trying it. I didn’t have time to make all the chutneys though I am sure they would make it even better. Flying solo, the taste of the potato and spices was outstanding.

  • Shreyas December 4, 2011, 2:30 am

    wow yummy

  • RS Mohaan January 13, 2012, 9:40 am

    hmmmm….yummy….I will prepare for my wife who hasnt heard abt it…thx for the recipe….remembered my old days in Mira Road…Mumbai…

  • Ravi February 10, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Awsome !!!!

    Many Thanks to remind the days.. where we ussed to have Vada Pav in Mumbai anjd Pune..

    I just tried and everyone here appreciate this..

    Thank to you ..

    Keep posting such typical Gavrani Recipe.. hope we all will prefer the same

    Thanks once again..

    Ravi Patil

    • rashma March 13, 2012, 5:49 am

      gud one…i tried it..tasted delicious..

  • padmashri April 10, 2012, 5:44 pm

    i made it exactly by following the instructions written here. my hubby and 1 of his colleague tasted it. they said its delicious and that colleague even asked me how to prepare it. i told them about this site.

    really thankyou.. it made very easy for me to try new things

  • JG April 22, 2012, 5:16 am

    wow……..it looks so yummy…….i’m sure going to ask my mummy to make it.

  • Soham May 23, 2012, 11:30 pm

    Super duper nice recipes all

  • Vegetarian Recipes June 3, 2013, 8:22 am

    wonderful vada pav…the color of the pav is really awesome..

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