Batata Vada Pav or Potato Vada Pav or Vada Pav is one of the popular street food snacks of Mumbai. The Vada Pav is similar to a burger; in this snack a potato patty is placed in between a bun with loads of spicy chutney or Indian sauces to give it a delectable experience to the palate.
No wonder that this humble Vada Pav started by street vendors years ago in Mumbai comprising of bun and fried Potato Vada or Potato Bonda (as it is called in the south) served with varieties of spicy chutney turned into an iconic street food. Today the Vada Pav is found in cafes and restaurants across India.
Tracing back to how the Vada Pav originated, it was in the 1960s that Ashok Vaidya who sold food from his stall outside the Dadar station experimented by selling the vada along with a bun which later became a favorite of the people of Mumbai. During the same time in Kalayan, the suburb of Mumbai, Yashwant Vaze and his wife started selling the Vada Pav from the window of their house which also became very famous and were called ‘Khidki Vada Pav’ (khidki means window in Hindi).
So next time you are in Mumbai, do not return without getting a bite of Maharashtra’s very own vegetarian version of the international burger.
I made the Batata Vada Pav last Sunday. Thanks to Avinash whose demand turned into this awesome post for my blog.
We were grocery shopping the previous evening when my eyes caught the fresh pav buns stacked up neatly on the shelves. Told Avinash to pick some to make pav bhaji for next day’s dinner. “Amma, why don’t you make Vada Pav, I feel like having it” Oh Yeah! Why not?
I was actually gleaming, wow! got idea for my next blog post. I made the Batata Vada Pav the following morning for breakfast. I had prepared the green chutney, sweet chutney the previous evening itself and stored them in the refrigerator.
Do not get intimidated by the long ingredient list. This is pretty easy if the chutneys are prepared well ahead. Vada Pav is a great idea to serve in small gatherings and parties along with other starters and snacks.
Try making this at home and share your experience and pictures with me.