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October 11, 2014

Vada Pav - The Indian Burger

The famous street food of Mumbai - Vadapav. Also known as Indian Burger / Poor Man's Burger is a quick n fillling snack which you get most of the places in Maharashtra and more in Mumbai city.  
You get down the street, take a walk through it.....the familiar smell floats in the air which leads you to the near by vadapavwala..... The small cart on a corner, surrounded by many hungry mouths.... An experienced hand quickly dips the potato balls into the batter and put it into the hot oil.... it bubbles and get nicely fried, comes out the hot vada in golden color, ready to get inside the soft bread called 'Pav', which is cut into two and on which is applied the sweet chutney, the green chutney and the garlic chutney as per your choice, closed and kept on a paper plate accompanied by few glazing fried green chillies sprinkled over the top of it is some salt..... steaming hot... you take a bite... the taste and flavour it throws into your mouth....get lost into the absolute foodie bliss...... ohooooo..... I am badly drooling..... m... let me now serve you the virtual vadapav with some details on how it is made.
I have already shared the recipes separately for the potato vada, sweet chutney. Green chutney and Garlic chutney is left out which I will be posting soon.

Get a ladhi pav bread

For the Potato Patis / Batata Vada recipe please click here

For the Garlic Chutney  I will give detailed proportion in a separate post. If you would like to give it a quick try, here it is :- You need 8 Nos. of garlic pods, 1/2 cup Grated dry coconut (kopra) and 4 Nos. of dried red chilli, Salt to taste. First grind the garlic pods, salt and dried red chilli together. Then add the grated dried kopra and using whipper grind it by giving frequent break so that oil doesn't ooze out. In the picture the chutney may be in bigger chunks because my garlic chutney stock got over and instead of grating, I add the slices of dried coconut directly to the blender (which is not a good option to get the texture, though there is no compromise in taste).

For the Sweet chutney please click here
For the Green chutney :- (will make a detailed post later) Coriander leaves a  cup, two green chillies, 1/2" ginger, salt to taste. blend all to a smooth paste.
Here is how vadapav is arranged and served. 

and the vadapav is ready!

Chashni Ki Chutney / Sweet Chutney

This sugar based sweet chutney can be served with snacks viz., samosas, kothimbir vadi, methi vadi etc... and the most important street food of mumbai - the 'Vada Pav'

You will need :

  1. Sugar - 1/4 cup
  2. Water - 1 tbsp
  3. Deggi Mirch Powder -  a pinch (or as per taste)
  4. Roasted cumin seed powder - a pinch
  5. Black salt - a pinch (or as per taste)
  6. Orange food color - less than 1/2 pinch measure

  • Dissolve sugar in water and bring to boil. Add all other ingredients and boil till it thickens slightly.
  •  Cool and use 
  • You can adjust the seasoning as per your taste preference. For a change you may add a pinch of chat masala too.
  • If you use deggi mirch or kashmiri mirch powder, the use of food color is optional.

I apply it on the pav for my vada pav along with green chutney and garlic chutney :-) 

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