Mumbai's Vada Pav



BM # 68
Day: 4
Theme : One Category - Bread Sandwiches
Sub Theme - Desi Fiesta

The second week of the Cooking Carnival begins and this week I shall go all desi. I shall be posting sandwiches with Ladi Pav . Ladi Pav are small buns.

Pav bread as you all know is the most popular bread of Maharashtra. This is a rustic bread and is available at every nook and corner. People enjoy this bread with a fritter and some garlic chutney and you are sorted for a meal. Well at least a person like me is. The Pav bread tastes different in different states, but nothing can beat the Mumbai's road side bread . It has a unique flavor unlike the one you would get in sophisticated bakeries. On every visit to Mumbai I have to pick one laadi of this pav. Ladi is a chunk of these pavs together, perhaps you could even call it a pull apart bread. 

I remember Gayathri giving us a demo on these during our Chennai Bloggers meet, the Pav had come out pillow soft, but , well yes a but there is a difference between these buns and the buns sold on the streets...the buns on the street aren't as soft but have a rustic flavor which perhaps is only from the local bakeries. 

Anyway for today I have the most amazing Vada Pav from Mumbai. 

Vada is a potato based fritter and is sold in different states, with a different take. The Mumbai Vada Pav is where they pull the bun apart and throw in some dry garlic chutney on one side , quickly throw in some green chutney on the other side and sandwich it with a hot piping Aaloo Vada. And you are ready to go. Isn't that simple? On one of my recent trips to Mumbai I checked with the Vada Pav guy and the recipe was different from the one I usually make, so here is my latest version of Mumbai Vada Pav. 

The highlight of the Vada Pav is the dry garlic chutney . Pradnya was sweet enough to share the recipe. The recipe for the chutney will come up soon.




Vada Pav Mumbai Style

Ingredients
Pav
Dry Garlic Chutney 
Green chutney 
Vada 

Vada 
Vada filling
1 cup boiled mashed potatoes 
1 tbsp oil 
1 tsp mustard seeds 
1 tsp whole coriander seeds 
2 green chilly, chopped 
Pinch hing 
Curry leaves 
1/4 tsp red chilly powder 
1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp dry mango powder 
1/4 tsp garam masala 
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste 
Salt to taste 

Method
Heat oil. 
Add mustard , whole coriander seeds,asafetida , green chilly and curry leaves. 
Add turmeric. 
Add mashed potatoes. 
Add red chilly powder,dry mango powder and garam masala. 
Add the ginger garlic paste. 
Add coriander. 
Mix well. 
Cool. 
Make balls. 

Batter
Ingredients
3/4 cup chick pea flour
Pinch baking soda
Salt to taste 

Method
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Make batter using water. 
Dip each potato ball in this batter so that it coats all over. 
Deep fry to a golden brown. 

Assembling the Vada Pav
Roughly tear the Vada from center, make sure you do not tear it through and through. 
Sprinkle dry garlic chutney on one side and green chutney on the other side. 
Place a Vada in between , making it a sandwich. 
Hold it in the center and take a bite to enjoy.






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