Friday, August 28, 2015

Vada Pav

Vada pav or Wada pav is Mumbai's very own burger; battered, deep fried potato fritters inside soft buns typically served as a tea time snack. Of Maharashtrian origin, this vegetarian appetizer is a popular Mumbai street food served with several gourmet chutneys. Flavored mashed potatoes are shaped into round balls and dipped in a thick chickpea flour batter, then deep fried to get a crispy exterior with a soft interior. Serve it pressed between laddi pav (small soft buns) accompanied by vada pav special chutney as the ultimate Indian burger,

To assemble Vada pav (serves 4)
8 Batata vada (recipe)
8 Laddi pav (soft small buns)
Vada pav dry garlic chutney (see below)
Mint chutney (recipe)
1/2 Red onion, sliced
4-6 Fried green chilies
  1. On the pav spread some mint chutney and then sprinkle the dry garlic chutney generously. 
  2. Top with a hot batata vada and serve with crunchy red onion slivers and long fried green chilies. Bet you can't eat just one.

Dry garlic chutney (vada pav chutney)
This delicious hot and spicy dry textured chutney is a must have condiment with Vada pav. Also called as the vada pav chutney, it has the unique nutty flavor from peanuts and sesame seeds, sweetness from tamarind and spiciness from the chilies. Make sure to use 2 types of chilies- one for the bright red color and another for the fiery heat.

Ingredients: (makes about 1/2 cup)
8 Garlic Cloves
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) grated dry coconut
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 tablespoon peanuts
2 teaspoons red chili powder
1 tsp hot chili powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste
1 teaspoon oil
Salt to taste
  1. Gently dry roast peanuts and sesame seeds till they impart a slight aroma. Cool.
  2. Take all the ingredients in a grinder and coarsely grind everything together. Do not make a smooth paste, keep it coarse and textured. 

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