Vada Pav

Posted: June 4, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Street Food
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Vada Pav

One of the memories of Mumbai that always makes me nostalgic is Vada Pav. It is a street food which is so part of Mumbai you just cannot miss it and everyone enjoys it at there favorite corner joint. We had this place near our college in Churchgate, Mumbai where we use to go during break to eat this delightful snack and after passing out while working as well I found a spot near VT Station which had Jumbo Vada Pav’s which were massive.

There is no time to eat it in Mumbai, it is a quick thing to grab day or night, rain or sun, rush or no rush and you do not have to go looking for it, it is there everywhere.

Vada Pav is a Maharashtrian vegetarian fast food consisting of potato vada between two slices of bread called Pav. Here is my recipe for the same, enjoy..

Vada pav

Vada pav


For batter:

  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste

For Vada:

  • 2 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 green chillies, chopped
  • 6-7 fresh curry leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 4-6 long green chillies
  • Oil for deep-frying

For Green chutney:

  • 1 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For Onion masala:

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves

And 10-12 Pav bread



  • Boil Potatoes in pressure cooker, once cooled, peeled and mashed the same. Keep it aside.
  • In a pan heat a teaspoon of oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let it get brown and splutter. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, chilli powder, curry leaves and cook for 1 minute, so that the raw smell of turmeric goes of and immediately add mashed potatoes to the pan and mix everything well.
  • Let the potato mixture cool enough to handle with your hand and make small balls and keep it aside. This will make around 10-12 small balls.
  • Meanwhile make batter for dipping vada. Mix all the ingredients for the batter and slowly add water to make thick batter.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying vadas, once the oil is heated enough, dip the potato balls in batter and drop carefully into the oil. Fry the vada until golden brown in all sides. Drain on paper towel.
  • Also, deep fry long green chillies dip in the batter to serve.
  • Grind all the ingredients under green chutney except oil. Add oil in the end and keep it aside.
  • For onion masala, take a bowl, mix all the ingredients under onion masala and keep it aside.


For assembling Vada Pav:

  • Slit Pav horizontally but not completely to the end(leave the other end joined),  heat a pan, brush it with oil and toast the pav placing inner side down for 1-2 minutes or until you get a slight golden brown.
  • Once the pav is toasted, spread green chutney on one side, place onion masala over green chutney and then place then vada on it and gently press it down.
  • Serve with green chillies .



Thanks for dropping by and for all your lovely comments…appreciated…Have a nice weekend everyone…


  1. Sridevi says:

    Vada pav is too tempting snack…I liked your recipe too.

  2. See this is why living in Mumbai is way better than in any US city! the street food is unbelievable! if I could buy this kind of food on my outings I would never bother to cook!

  3. Umm Mymoonah says:

    Vada pav looks so tempting, love to have some from your plate, happy to follow you:-)

  4. Tempting pic..Vada Pav looks too good.never attempted to make it at home…thanks for the recipe dear.

  5. sripriya says:

    My fav recipe.. looks awesome.. thxs for visiting my site & ur lovely comment..

  6. Simply Life says:

    oh fun -this looks great! Gosh I miss my trip to India and especially THE FOOD!!!

  7. Joanne says:

    i think it’s a prerequisite that all street food be fantastically delicious and this is no exception!

  8. Mallika says:

    My Favorite!!!! VADA PAV!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Parita says:

    I have had some fantastic memories of having Wada Pav outside Mithibai college..wish i could have one right now! You made me nostalgic!

  10. Vada pav is my faav one here i taste every weekend in north indian chaat restaurant..woow nice recipe dear..

  11. Krishnaveni says:

    looks so beautiful and thanks for the recipe…..sure to try one day

  12. arthi says:

    Hi Suman,
    Love vada pav a lot..Thanks for sharing..nice clicks..
    Love your recipes a lot.We are happy to announce a summer themed contest for recipe and food photograph..It is our pleasure if you could participate in our Sizzling Summer Contest.You could win one of the two $50 prizes.

  13. Sunitha says:

    Lovely picture clear and dramatic feeling like the vada will roll out.

  14. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…simply love n miss the mumbai vada pav……….delcious

  15. Priti says:

    Suman…this looks mouth watering….I just want to grab it n enjoy 😉

  16. Tes says:

    The vada pav looks delicious. I’ve never attempt to make it at home. Now with your recipe, I will try this is the weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  17. uma says:

    awesome presentation! am feeling nostalgic.. i make without onion masala at home. am eager to try ur version 🙂

  18. Harsh Nangalia says:

    Wowwwww, looks so tempting. Ghar ki yad dila di yar. Really cool, will try n followe ur recipe to make one, Thnks

  19. Priya says:

    Am drooling rite now, one of my favourite street food…just love it and missing it..

  20. Pic of the vada pav is too good and so is the recipe, i too love this street food but havent eaten from a very long time, will surely try this one next time…lovely one suman,have a wonderful weekend as well,take care

  21. Rachana says:

    You will not believe this, but I haven’t had vada pav till date… but after seeing this tempting pic and the recipe…I feel like trying it 🙂

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