Vada Paav …..The Indian Burger. All time favorite snack of all Indians which originates from Maharashtra. Abundantly found in eatries and restaurants in Western India especially in Maharashtra. Its very spicy and tasty and loved by all the ages.
I haven’t come across anybody who says NO :O to this mouth watering snack. Moreover its so easy to carry, you will find people walking, running, traveling and enjoying this at the same time. I can’t stop writing about this dear dear college canteen companion.
I am sure many of you will have fond memories associated with a vada paav and cutting Chai. Would love to hear!!
Vada paav nahi khaya to kya khaya!!!!
Potatoes (boiled) – 2 large sized
Ginger and garlic paste (freshly grounded) – 2 tablespoons
Green chilies and coriander (grounded together) – 2 tablespoons
Salt – to taste
Paav – 5
For the coating –
Chick pea flour (Besan) – 1 ½ cups
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Oil – to deep fry
- Peel and mash the boiled potatoes well. Add in the ginger garlic paste and the chili and coriander paste along with the salt to it and mix well. Refer a.
- Divide into equal portions and shape into balls. Keep aside. Refer b.
- In a bowl place the chick pea flour. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder. Mix well and using water as required make a coating consistency batter. Refer c.
- Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Dip the potato mixture balls in batter and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown in color. Drain the excess oil.
- Stuff the vadas in the paav and serve with lasun chutney and fried mirchi.
You may add turmeric to the vada mixture to make it yellow.
Slit the paav horizontally and do not slice them completely.
How to fry the green chilies (mirchi) – Take 2-3 green chilies. Slit them horizontally and not completely. Apply a little bit of salt to it and then fry it in the oil. Be careful as the seeds from the green chilies tend to splutter.
Yummmmm. Now we talking people. One dish I cannot say no to even if you wake me up at 2 am. It could be one of most ordered and loved dishes in Maharashtra after the vada pav. Pav in literal translation would be bread, but this isn’t the normal sliced bread. The term pav has been taken from the Portuguese word “pão”. Generally, the Curry or Bhaji is a mix of various vegetables mixed with a masala called the pav bhaji masala. This recipe I have used Garam Masala instead which I feel gives a more great taste to the bhaji. It is a great party snack and a one dish meal.
A fast food you can’t resist. Have a go and join the millions of people who love this amazing dish.
Cauliflower florets – 2 cups
Green Peas/ Mutter (shelled) – 1 cup
Potatoes (Peeled & coarsely chopped) – 3 medium sized
Tomatoes (finely chopped) – 2 medium sized
Carrots (coarsely chopped) – 1 medium sized
Green Capsicum (chopped coarsely) – 2 medium sized
Onions (finely chopped) – 3 medium sized
Garam masala – 4 tablespoons
Red chili powder – 1 tablespoon
Tomato Ketchup – ½ cup
Ginger Gralic paste – 3 teaspoons
Salt – to taste
Oil – 3 tablespoons
Paav (Round breads) – 6- 8
- In a pressure cooker boil all the veggies along with some water except onions and tomatoes for 3 whistles. Once cooled mash the veggies with a masher.
- In a big pan heat the oil and add the onions and the ginger garlic paste. Sauté till the onions are transparent.
- Now add the tomatoes and sauté till the tomatoes are tender. Now add the garam masala, red chili powder, tomato ketchup, salt and mix well. Now using a masher mash the tomatoes and onions in the pan gently. Now add the boiled and mashed vegetables and add 3- 4 cups of water.
- Let it cook for 4- 5 more minutes on low flame.
- Now make horitzontal slits in the middle of the paav and apply butter on all the sides.
- On a hot skillet or tava warm the paav slightly.
- Serve the bhaji along with some finely chopped onions, some lemon juice and sprinkle the bhaji with coriander and top it with a blob of butter.
Paav bhaji masala is easily available in all the supermarkets. In that case add 5 tablespoons of this masala instead of garam masala.
You can also use normal bread slices incase you do not find the paav. Try then the different varieties of breads. But the paav tastes much better.