Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Vada Pav - Street food of Maharashtra

Vada Pav is one of the most popular street food from the state of Maharashtra. It consists of deep fried potato patty eaten with Pav and red chutney and fried green chilly.

Ingredients :

4 Pav ( Pav which we use for pav bhaji  goes well )
3 medium sized boiled Potatoes.
6-7 tbsp Gram flour/besan
Salt to taste
2 tsp Red chilli powder (1/4 tsp for besan batter ,1/4 tsp of frying potatoes and 1+1/2 tsp for red chutney)
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
Pinch of Baking Soda
Water as required
Oil for deep frying
4 Spicy green chilly (slit it from center)
1 tbsp Oil (for frying potatoes)
Pinch of Asafoetida/Hing
2-3 garlic chopped

Method : Take boiled and peeled potatoes in bowl and mash them with hands. Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan and fry green chilly in it and keep it aside. Now add hing , chopped garlic in this oil and saute for 1-2 mins and add salt to taste,1/4 tsp red chilli powder and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder in it. Mix all the spices and add mashed potatoes and mix well.Switch off the flame and keep it aside.

Take another mixing bowl add gram flour in it , salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder , 1/4 tsp red chilli powder and baking soda and prepare batter by adding water. Batter should neither be too thick nor too thin in consistency , keep it aside for 3-4 mins for baking soda to work in it.

Heat oil for deep frying vadas in deep karahi and make small balls from potato mixture and dip it in besan mixture, fry in hot oil on medium flame till it is golden brown from all sides. Deep fry all vadas in the same manner and keep them on kitchen towel to remove excess oil.

Pour the leftover besan mixture in hot oil to form crunchy boondi and after frying them , crush it with back side of spoon and add red chilli powder in it and mix well, red chutney is ready .

Slice the Pav from centre not to the end and apply red chutney inside it and put fried vada inside it and enjoy each bite with fried green chilly.

Hot and spicy Vada Pav can be eaten at any time of day :)

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