Vada pav

Vada pav is famous for being Mumbai’s staple street food snack. This yummy, fried potato dish  is everybody’s favorite and irresistible at any time of the year. This dish is so easy to make and will make you feel nostalgic for Mumbai’s ambience. Same taste and homemade? Now, in my books- that’s a win win!

This recipe makes around 15-20 vadas: you will need

  1. 4 potatoes (boiled , peeled n Med mashed)
  2. 3 TSP Oil
  3. 1/4 TSP Asafoetida (Hing)
  4. 1/4 TSP Mustard Seeds
  5. 1/2 TSP of Urad Dal (optional)
  6. Chopped Coriander
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Curry leaves
  9. 1 TSP of Turmeric
  10. Green pounded masala to add:
    – 8 garlic cloves
    – Medium piece of ginger (1 inch)
    -4-5 green chillies (as per your comfort level)

First, put the Ginger, Garlic and Green chillies into a hand mixer. Grind it coarse.

While you are mixing, take time to boil the potatoes. After the potatoes are boiled, peel and hand-mash them. Keep aside.

On a skillet at medium heat, add 3 TSP of oil and then add 1/4 TSP of Asafoetida. Add little mustard seeds, once they start cracking then add 1/2 TSP of Urad Dal. Then, add your curry leaves. When this begins to splutter, add a small TSP of Turmeric. Sauté! Then, Add your Ginger, Garlic and Chili mixture. Once you finish stirring, add your mashed potatoes!


Give it a big nice stir and then add some salt and chopped Coriander. For some extra flavor, I like to add a bit of grated ginger juice, freshly squeezed ( few drops).


With your potato mixture, try to make small circular shapes of  Vadas and keep aside.

Now, on to the good stuff: Frying!

  1. 1 bowl Gram Flour
  2. Water
  3. Pinch of Bicarbonate Soda
  4. 1 TSP of Rice flour
  5. 1/2 Salt

With your 1 bowl of Gram flour, add some water and make the batter thick (medium thick consistency). Add a pinch of Bicarbonate Soda and 1 TSP of Rice flour and 1/2 TSP of Salt. Dip the potato vadas  into the batter and fry until they have a beautiful medium brown color. Fry some Green Chilies.

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Serve your dish with some Garlic Chutney and fried chilies.


Bon Appetite! Every bite will have you wishing you were back in Mumbai!



  1. Geetanjali
    July 26, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Hey Sanika…. Heartiest Congrats dear for this fabulous blog! Wat a great way to inspire others and let us take a dive into ur culinary passion! You sure are cooking up change👍

  2. mistimaan
    September 4, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Loved the vada pao recipe 🙂

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