Vada Pav Recipe, How to make Mumbai Vada Pav | Mumbai Street food
Recipe type: Side, Main
RecipeCuisine: Indian
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Serves: 8
Vada Pav is the most popular street food of Mumbai. This vada pav recipe is easy and the chutneys could be made in advance.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
For the green chutney:
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • ¼th cup mint leaves (optional)
  • 3-4 green chilies or as required
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • ½ lime juice
  • Black salt as per taste
For the sweet chutney:
  • 1 cup pitted dates (khajoor)
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp (imli)
  • ½ t/s kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ cup jaggery powder (gur)
  • ½ t/s fennel powder
  • 1 t/s roasted cumin powder
  • ¼th t/s garam masala powder
  • ¼th t/s black salt (kala namak)
  • 1 and ½ cup water or as consistency required
  • salt as required
For the red dry chutney:
  • 1 cup garlic cloves chopped coarsely
  • ¼th cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼th cup roasted groundnut
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 2 tbsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt as per taste
For the vadas:
  • 3 cups oil + 1 tbsp oil for tempering
  • 4-5 medium sized potatoes
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 t/s mustard seed (rai)
  • 1 t/s cumin seed (optional)
  • a pinch of asofoetida (hing)
  • ½ t/s turmeric powder
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 green chilies chopped finely
  • ½ inch ginger chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 t/s chat masala
  • 1 t/s coriander seed powder
  • ½ t/s garam masala powder
  • salt as per taste
For the batter:
  • 2 cups of sifted gram flour
  • 1 cup water or as required
  • ½ t/s turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 t/s cooking soda
  • ½ t/s red chili powder (optional)
  • salt as per taste
Other Ingredient:
  • 8-10 pav (bread)
  • 1 chopped onion (optional)
  • 3-4 green chilies
How to make the recipe?
Preparing Green Chutney:
  1. Grind everything in a blender with water until smooth paste is formed. Place it aside.
Preparing Red Chutney:
  1. Boil tamarind and dates in water for 3-4 mins. Allow to cool and remove if any seed.
  2. Grind them with a cup of water until smooth.
  3. Take a pan and add the puree.
  4. Add ½ cup water and mix nicely.
  5. Also add jaggery powder, spice powder and salt.
  6. Mix and simmer for 4-5 mins, allow to thicken.
  7. Switch off the gas and allow to cool.
Preparing Red dry chutney:
  1. Take little oil on a pan. Fry the garlic for 2 mins on low heat.
  2. Also add the desiccated coconut, roasted groundnut and coriander seeds.
  3. Saute for 2 mins and add salt.
  4. Now pestle it with a mortar until coarse mixture is formed.
  5. Place it aside.
Preparing the filling:
  1. Firstly boil the potatoes until tender and cooked. Peel and mash them.
  2. In a pan take oil once hot add curry leaves, mustard seed, cumin seed and hing.
  3. Add this mixture to the mashed potatoes.
  4. Also add all spice powder, coriander leaves, chilies, ginger and salt.
  5. Combine all nicely. Make medium sized balls and gently flatten them with your palm.
  6. Place aside.
Preparing the vadas:
  1. Prepare the batter by mixing all the ingredients. The batter should be smooth and thick enough to coat the vadas.
  2. Place a pan with oil on high heat. Once oil is hot reduce to medium.
  3. Dip the vadas in the batter and coat from all sides.
  4. Fry until golden brown and crisp from all sides.
  5. Slit the pav from center. Apply the green chutney, sweet chutney on both sides of the pav.
  6. Also put some dry red chutney. Top some chopped onion if using.
  7. Lastly fry some green chilies.
  8. Serve your vada pavs hot with a cup of tea.
1. The batter has to be thick for the coating of vadas. Please don't add too much water.
2. Add chilies, spices as per your taste.
3. If you don't have patience to make chutneys, just make the vada pav and eat with chili sauce.
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