Sunday, 26 August 2012

Batata Vada/ Vada Pav

This is possibly the most popular and most consumed street food in Mumbai. Mouthwatering deliciousness!

What you'll need..
  • 2 Large potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed roughly.
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp coriander seeds
  • 6-7 Garlic pods, finely chopped
  • 3 Green chillies roughly chopped
  • 6-8 Curry leaves
  • 1 Cup gram flour (Besan)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Pav (Burger buns)
How to..
  • Heat oil in a non stick pan.
  • Add mustard and coriander seeds to it and wait for them to splutter.
  • Add the chopped garlic, curry leaves and green chillies. Cook for 12-15 seconds till the garlic gets fragrant.
  • Add turmeric powder, hing and then the roughly mashed potatoes. Add salt and cilantro leaves and mix well till the potatoes get blended well with the chilli, garlic mixture. Remove from heat, set aside and cool.
  • Once cooled, rub few drops of oil between the palm of your hands and form little golf ball sized balls from the potatoes.
  • Now in a mixing bowl, whip together gram flour, water, salt, chilli powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. The batter should not be too thick in consistency, add a little more water if necessary. 
  • Heat oil in a deep dish frying pan. When the oil is hot and ready for frying, dip a potato balls into the batter and gently drop them into oil, only a few at a time. 
  • Stirring occasionally, fry till they turn crisp and golden brown in color. Remove from heat and drain any excess oil on a paper towel. 
  • Place in a bun with cilantro chutney and serve hot.
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