Vada pav is a popular Maharashtrian street fast food liked by many. It’s a vegetarian dish where the filling is made of boiled potatoes and Indian spices and pav is the Indian bread or bun. Pav is a very similar word for bread in Portuguese namely pao.
The vada pav consists of a batata vada (normally called bonda in south India) which is sandwiched between two slices of bun (pav). Batata in Marathi means potato. Vada pav was supposedly devised by snack vendor Ashok Vaidya outside Dadar station in 1971. These vadas are a unique blend of mashed potatoes and ethnic Indian spices and served with a combination of Sweet & Dry chutney and fried green chilies.
The vada pav was initially started as the cheapest form of a meal for low income group, but due to its taste, this dish became so popular that many sophisticated hotels also have started serving out this wonderful dish, at a higher cost. However, this dish has still retained its charm and taste as an evergreen dish, and many people still have it at for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Vada pav is actually the Indian version of a burger and one of the most loved fast foods available on the streets of Mumbai. Vada is a spicy potato mixture coated with gram flour and deep fried in oil. Pav is a special kind of soft bread almost square in shape. It is one of the most comfort food and easy to prepare. Normally fresh pav or buns are available in the markets or super markets. Only the filling needs to be prepared which is very easy to cook. Kids would love to eat this kind of a delicious and excellent fast food.
Vada Pav is an Indian vegetarian lip smacking Street food commonly eaten in Maharashtra, India, and is one of the most popular and loved street foods in Mumbai. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between two slices of a pav with condiments such as Red n Green Chutneys n Green chilies (fried n salted). The Vada pav is available in each and every street corner, small eateries, and even served in long distant trains and on railway platforms. The price is very economical and affordable by all. Its all a healthy snack with lots of carbs.
To prepare this lip smacking and mouth watering vada pav firstly boil and mash the potatoes. Grind together the ingredients for the paste and mix with the mashed potatoes. Make round balls of the potato mixture (about the size of table tennis balls). Prepare the batter of besan (gram flour). Do not add too much water. Heat the oil until it’s hot enough to brown the batter (test it with little droplets of batter). When the oil is hot, dip the balls of potato in the batter, and fry. Place the fried Vada on absorbent kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Slice the Pav in half; spread on it any chutney of your choice or none whatsoever. Place vada between the slices and serve immediately. Some finely chopped onions go well with this. For more details on the ingredients used do click on this link: http://www.vahrehvah.com/Vada+Pav:2242
Vada pav is typically served with a chutney (sauce) which is commonly made out of shredded coconut “meat”, tamarind pulp, and garlic. The chutneys for this were very easy to prepare. There can be many variations to the vada pav like the cheese vada pav where cheese are added and samosa pav (where samosa is added instead of vada) and the Jain vada pav which does not have any onions, garlic and potatoes. The vada pav is fried in dollop of butter or oil and dried red chilly powder and than chutney is applied in the hot fried pav and the vada is placed between it.
Vada pav is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fat, dietary fibre and iron.