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The Ultimate Guide to Vada Pav: A Taste of Mumbai's Street Food Delight

Updated: Sep 20, 2023


Vada Pav, sometimes known as the "Indian burger," is a famous street food treat that has captured the taste buds and hearts of millions of people all over the world. This delicious delicacy, which originates from the busy streets of Mumbai, has become a national treasure and a must-try for any culinary fan. This detailed guide will cover the background, components, preparation, and top locations for enjoying Vada Pav. So let's explore the world of this flavorful and spicier street cuisine from India!

Vada Pav
Vada Pav

The Vada Pav Story:

The beginnings of Vada Pav can be found in the 1960s on the streets of Mumbai. It was invented by snack merchant Ashok Vaidya, who took the idea of a burger and gave it a distinctly Indian spin. Vada Pav has changed through time from a basic street meal to a well-liked fast food item that is available across India in a variety of forms and regional variations.

Components in Vada Pav That Make It Special:

  1. Pav (Bun): The pav, a soft, slightly sweet bread roll, is the foundation of vada pav. These buns are often buttered, cut in half, and cooked on a griddle until golden brown.

  2. Batata Vada (Potato Patty): The star of the show is the spicily prepared potato patty known as batata vada. It is cooked with mashed potatoes and a mixture of spices, including green chilies, mustard seeds, and turmeric. After being battered with gram flour (besan), the mixture is deep-fried till crisp and golden.

  3. Chutneys: A variety of chutneys are used to give Vada Pav its distinctive flavor. Coriander, mint, and green chilies are used to make the green chutney, which adds a spicy and reviving kick. On the other side, the tamarind chutney provides a sweet and sour contrast.

  4. Seasonings: To improve the flavor and spiciness, some merchants also add various seasonings such as dry garlic powder or garlic chutney.

Prep Time- 10mins

Cooking Time- 20mins

Serving- 4

  • Ingredients:

  • Potato Patte:

  1. Oil- 4tsp

  2. Boiled and Mashed Potato- 4no

  3. Hing a pinch

  4. Mustard- 1/2tsp

  5. Curry Leaves

  6. Ginger- 2inch

  7. Garlic- 2clove

  8. Chopped Chilli- 2no

  9. Chopped Coriander- 4tbsp

  10. Turmeric- 1/2tsp

  11. Salt to taste

  12. Lemon Juice- 1tbsp

  • Gram flour or Besan Batter:

  1. Gram Flour or Besan- 1cup

  2. Rice Flour- 1tbsp

  3. Turmeric- 1/4 tsp

  4. Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder- 1/4tsp

  5. Salt to taste

  6. A pinch of Baking Soda

  7. Water- 2cup

  • Other Ingredients:

  1. Pav Bread- 8no

  2. Oil for Frying

  3. Fried Green Chilli- 4no

  4. Coriander & Mint Chutney

  • Method of Cooking:

  1. First, make Gram flour or besan batter with all the ingredients mentioned above and keep it aside.

  2. Take a pan and add oil, when the oil is heated add hing, mustard, and curry leaves.

  3. After a few seconds add Chopped Ginger and garlic and sauté nicely.

  4. Then add boiled mashed potato and mix it nicely, after that add turmeric powder, salt, chopped chilli, and coriander.

  5. At last turn off the fire then add lemon juice and mix it properly.

  6. Make a flat potato patty and keep it aside.

  7. Take a flat potato mixture and cover it well in besan batter.

  8. Deep fry in hot oil, turning once or twice.

  9. Slit the pav bread and spread 1 tbsp of green chutney on it.

  10. Place the vada or potato fried in the center of the pav and top with the fried chili.

  11. Finally, press the vada pav into shape and serve right away.


Vada Pav is more than just a snack; it's a mouthwatering tour of Mumbai's vibrant street food scene. Vada Pav has won over millions of fans with its spiciness, buttery pav buns, and tangy chutneys. Vada Pav is a delectable experience you won't want to miss, whether you're eating it while wandering through the streets of Mumbai or attempting to make it at home. So go ahead and indulge in a mouthful of this traditional Indian street cuisine and enjoy the flavors.

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