Today’s recipe is the famous Mumbai Vada Pav. My parents stayed in Mumbai for a few years, this is when I had my first vada pav. I couldn’t stop myself from eating two more. I still remember the exact taste, yumm it was. Here in Bangalore you get Goli vada pav almost in every area, though they too taste awesome but nobody can replicate the Mumbai vada pav taste. I always wanted to try making them at home but just the thought of deep frying vadas scared me. Then today I just thought of an alternative method of making them, this is when I found out that vadas can be roasted instead of deep frying. You can gorge on this low fat vada pav as much as you want without any guilt.
Burger buns / Pav – 6
Boiled Potatoes – 3 medium sized
Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
Green chili paste – 1 and a Half tsp
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- Half tsp
Cumin seeds – Half tsp
Turmeric powder – Half tsp
Lemon – 1 medium sized
Besan flour – 1/4 Cup
Chili powder – Half tsp
Chopped Garlic – 2 tbsp
Grated dry coconut – Half cup
Sweet chutney (optional)
Green chutney (optional)
Grind all the ingredients together in the mixer without adding water.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with enough water. The consistency of the batter should be like the batter we prepare for bajjis.
In a bowl add mashed boiled potatoes, ginger garlic paste, green chili paste, Coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt, mix well. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan .When hot add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder. Now add the potato mixture to pan and mix. When this mixture cools completely, make small flat rounds and keep aside. Heat a nonstick pan and spread a teaspoon of oil on it. Now dip the potato rounds in the batter and place them on the pan. Cover it and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Now turn the vada upside down, cover it and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown.
Slit the bun into two pieces. See to it that one end of the buns are connected to each other. Apply garlic chutney on one side of the bun. I like sweet chutney and bit of green chutney too, so I use both these chutneys on the other side. Place the vada inbetween the pav / bun and your yummy yumm vada pav is ready 🙂