Weekends are meant to be to chill and enjoy good meals, especially Saturdays. It gets tricky because I want to relax and enjoy good food at the same time. I am always on the look out for something quick yet delicious. Vada pav is pretty straight forward to make and tastes delicious. Of course it tastes delicious! it is deep fried goodness.
Vada pav is a popular Indian street food that consists of a battered deep fried potato dumpling sandwiched between a soft bun that has been spread with chutney. The first time I had a vada pav as a child was at a train station on our way to vadodara from Mumbai . I clearly remember my Dad going on and on about lets get a vada pav at the next station until we finally reached one that sold Vada pav.
Two things have changed since that time; When I travel to India, I tend to catch a flight from Mumbai to some place in Gujarat and I would be hesitant to eat a Vada pav from a random railway station.
What has not changed is that I still love vada pav. This recipe has an urad dal tadka, it's got to do with memories of batata vada that dad and I loved at this restaurant in Nairobi. Every time we went there, batata vada with their mint chutney was a must.
For the potato stuffing
- 3 medium sized potatoes-boiled and mashed
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds/rai
- 1 tsp urad dal
- 10-12 curry leaves
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 3/4 inch grated ginger
- 3-4 crushed green chillies or to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped coriander
- squeeze of lemon juice
- salt to taste
For the batter
- 1 cup chickpea flour/besan/channa no lot
- 3/4 cup water/soda water or as needed
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
- 10 buns
- Green chutney
- Red dry chutney
- Heat the oil in a pan
- Add the mustard seeds, once they crackle, add urad dal and curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
- Add the grated ginger and chill paste and saute for a few seconfds
- Add the potatoes, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
- Remove from the flame and add the coriander
- Divide the mixture into 10-12 equal portions and form round balls
For the batter.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and make a batter
- Dip the round potato ball/vada into the batter and coat evenly
- Deep fry in hot oil, till golden brown.
- Keep aside
- Slice the buns into half
- Spread the green chutney on one side and the dry dry chutney on the other side
- Place the fried batata vada in between the sliced bun
- Serve with fried green chillies - this is not optional ;)