Monday, January 30, 2012

Mumbaiiya Vada Paav

They call it a crowd i call it a party, They call em brats i call them brothers. They call them drunk i call them happy. They call it bad i call it bliss. They call it traffic i call it a festival. They call it dirty i call it dressed. They call it a sinner i call it a saint. They call it MUMBAI i call it home.. ♥

This had been one of my favourite FB status which was floating around, I had planned to put it across on my page too; but then what recipe would represent this Mumbaiyya flavour ??

Too many dishes give the spirit of Ma city, like Pav bhaji , Street Chaat, Burji Paav, Pani Puri,  etc. But the first one that comes up is always – Vada Paav ! You can have this anywhere – anytime – anyhow , on the streets – @ the beach – the railway station – the playground – school canteen-theatre, you name it you will get them. 

Frankly, if you are from Mumbai you would never prepare this @ home, but if you really want to, this dish is as simple as it seems.

You Need the Batata Vadas, that you have already prepared, Small Paav (Type of bread specially found in this part of country) and some Green Chutney.


  1. Slice the Paav IMG_0245
  2. Apply the Chutney IMG_0246
  3. Sandwich the Batata Vada within the PaavIMG_0247

And have it garama garam Chai !

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Back with Batata Vada

Accepted, I am around for couple of months … then vanish.. then back .. then vanish again …Currently trying to be back :P Life becomes too busy sometimes that you totally forget that you have a hobby or a blog page and then when you realise you start jotting down about something that you have in your picture folder for sometime. :)


Today it is Batata Vada, something that was never prepared @ home @ my place, we get this at every other galli in Mumbai. But when the climate drops below 6 degrees, and you don't plan to go out for some garama garam snack, you just Mash some boiled potatoes, add some masalas, ball it into gram flour and Fry. Yeah, so simple is the favourite snack of Mumbai.


You Need:

  • Boiled Potatoes : 2-3 Big ones
  • Sliced Onion : 1 small
  • Green Chillies : 4-5 small
  • Ginger-garlic paste : 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves : finely chopped about 1/2 cup
  • Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
  • Cumin Powder or Seeds : 1 tbsp
  • Gram Flour (Besan) : 1 measure
  • Water to make paste : about 1 1/2 measure
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to Deep Fry

You Do:

  1. Mash everything in BLUE, add salt , some turmeric and red chilli powder.IMG_0061
  2. Make small balls of the mashed potatoes.IMG_0063
  3. Mix Besan and water to make a thick consistency paste. Add some turmeric and red chilli powder along with cumin seeds and salt. (1 measure means if you take 1 cup of besan add 1 and half proportion of water to make right consistency. But if your besan is thicker, add less water )IMG_0062
  4. Dip the small potato balls in thick paste and deep fry in oil till the cover turns light golden. (Fry for about couple of minutes of medium to small flame, do not make it high as vadas might turn dark brown)IMG_0068

When done, drip off all the oil with tissue. Serve Hot with Green Chutney or Ketchup.

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