Mumbai Vada Pav recipe- How to make Vada Pav- Kali Mirch by Smita
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
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  • 500 gms Potatoes- Cleaned and Boiled
  • 1 Ladi Pav (Soft Rolls)
  • 6-7 Green Chilies
  • 1-tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1½ inch Ginger root
  • 12-15 Cloves of Garlic
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves
  • 1-tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3-4 Fenugreek Seeds
  • ¼th-tsp Asafoetida Powder
  • 1-tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ¼th tsp Sugar
  • 1-tsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ Cup Fresh Coriander Leaves-chopped
  • Oil for deep frying Vadas
For Batter: -
  • 1 cup=100gms Gram Flour
  • 2-tbsp Rice Flour
  • ½-tsp Carom Seeds
  • 1-tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1-tsp Salt
  • Water as needed
Others: -
  • Mint-Coriander Chutney
  • Tamarind Chutney
  1. We will begin by dry roasting Gram flour in a pan. We will roast it for couple of minutes. This will enhance the flavor of covering for Vadas. Remove after 2 mins.
  2. In a large bowl, put roasted gram flour, rice flour, carom seeds, turmeric powder and 1-tsp salt. Mix well. Now add 1-tbsp hot oil and mix again.
  3. Add water and prepare a batter of medium consistency. We have used 1 cup water for making batter. Whisk well for 7-8 mins. Cover and keep it aside for 15-20 mins.
  4. Now peel off the skin of boiled potatoes and then grate it.
  5. Now, we will make a coarse green masala. Grind Green chilies, ginger, garlic and cumin seeds into a coarse paste.
  6. Heat 1½ tbsp Oil in a Pan. Add Mustard seeds, Fenugreek seeds, chopped curry leaves, Asafoetida powder and fry for 1-2 mins. Now add green masala paste and cook till we get rid of its raw smell.
  7. Now add turmeric powder, some chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Cook for 1-2 mins.
  8. Now add grated potatoes, sugar and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients well and cook for couple of mins.
  9. Add lemon juice, some more coriander leaves and mix well. Remove from heat and allow it to cool before we shape it into Vadas.
  10. Take a small portion of Potato mixture and shape it into round balls. Flatten it between your palms and shape it now into flat tikkis (or vadas). I have formed 10 Vadas
  11. Put Oil on medium heat. Once it gets heated we will fry some Churas- steady and random drop of gram flour batter forming into shape of boondi. These Churas will be used for making Vada Pav chutney. Fry until Chura becomes lightly brown in color.
  12. Now dip Potato Vadas in batter and coat it well. Gradually drop coated vadas into medium hot Oil and fry until Vadas get cooked and become slightly brown (2-3 mins).
  13. Vada Pav Chutney:- In a grinder jar, add 1½ tsp red chili powder, 5-6 Cloves of Garlic, Salt to taste and fried chura. Now, grind this into coarse powder. This is Vada Pav Chutney
  14. Cut each Pav in middle. Apply chutneys- green and sweet, and some vada pav chutney. Put some Chura on top. Now, put fried Vada between the Pavs and serve with fried green chilly.
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