Monday, September 5, 2016

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

Dry Garlic Chutney 

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 

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. 
Make balls. 

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

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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  1. I have had this at my friend's place so many times and each time it is just as tasty!! Love it!

  2. The street side food always tastes different than the one made at home and bookmarking the recipe. Beautiful setting and nice lighting.

  3. Such a classic recipe,looks amazing and your pictures make me hungry.

  4. Classic street food and you have done a great job making these at home. Looks so tempting!

  5. Vaishali, Vada Pav pics makes me drool. Already a chaat lover, can't resist the temptation to make it at once.

  6. My all time favorite of all the street foods.Looks too tempting yaar.

  7. My mouth is just watering here, been a while i have vada pav and you are tempting me to make some soon.

  8. Awesome vada pav. I think, this week is chat week. I see so many chats in our group. I didn't know that there are different versions of vada pav. Looking forward to learning about it..

  9. This is one sinful vada pav Vaishali..can't beat it!..drooling over it..

  10. amazing.. Mine is coming during the 3rd.. love the way you used newspaper as base and also the tea cups. ;-)

  11. always a favorite when it comes to street food...ur last pic is to die for

  12. my elder one has taken a SERIOUS liking to this one, although I dont like this so much :) the street food series here has a great start :)

  13. MMm sounds yum Vaishali. Looking forward to rest in the series while I munch on the vada pav I have been fantasizing about from the day I saw this on FB

  14. What can go wrong with one of the classic street foods? Your vada pav looks fantastic.

  15. Wow vaishali, that is happiness served on plate! That looks totally delicious and tempting

  16. Mumbai and Vada Pav are incomplete without each other. Your version look awesome! I could devour them all at once :)

  17. My my !! this vada pav makes me drool uncontrollably. This is a real injustice...make a person drool and not providing that toothsome delicacy.

  18. What a tempting and irresistible street food that is Vaishali. Love your presentation.

  19. Love these yummy Vada pavs...they bring back all my school and teenage memories most of which involved friends and Vada Pav on the streets of Mumbai!

  20. My all time favourite street food. Looks delicious!!