Vada pav, alternatively spelt wada pao, is a vegetarian fast food dish native to the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a deep fried potato dumpling placed inside a bread bun (pav) sliced almost in half through the middle. It is generally accompanied with one or more chutneys and a green chili pepper. Although it originated as an affordable street food in Mumbai , it is now served in food stalls and restaurants across India. It is also called Bombay burger in keeping with it’s origins and it’s resemblance in physical form to a burger.
For Spiced Potato Stuffing or 2 mediums to large sized potatoes, add 6 to 7 garlic cloves and 1-2 green chillies. For Sweet Tamarind Chutney, add 1.75 cups water and 1.25 cups gram flour (besan) and 1 pinch of turmeric powder. Add asafoetida (Hing) for sweet tamarind chutney and 1 teaspoon of ginger powder (saunth powder) for flavouring.
Soak tamarind in hot water for 30 to 40 minutes and strain the pulp. Add ginger powder, red chili powder, asafoetida and jaggery to oil and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add crushed garlic and green chilies paste, which have been crushed in a mortar-pestle. Pour this tempering in the mashed potatoes and mix it well. Fry the batata Vada till they are evenly golden on all sides. When one side becomes crisp, lightly golden and firms up then gently turn it over with a slotted spoon and fry the second side. You can also serve some fried salted green chillies and both the chutney and Vada pav along with it.
Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra. It consists of misal (a spicy curry usually made from moth beans) and pav (a type of Indian bread roll). The final dish is topped with farsan or sev, onions, lemon and coriander (cilantro). It is usually served hot with bread or rolls toasted with butter and buttermilk or dahi and papad. It is served as a breakfast dish, as a snack and also as a full meal.