Vada Pav | How to make Vada Pav

Vada Pav, Classic Mumbai style street food. Deep fried gram flour coated mashed potato balls sandwiched between pav bread. Batata vada also known as Aloo Bonda but it has slight variation of how we prepare aloo bonda in South Indian Style. We make aloo bonda by adding just red chilli powder. But here the main secret ingredient is Garlic-Ginger-Green Chillies. These " 3G's" make this dish extremely tasty and unique than our conventional SouthIndian style Aloo Bonda. This Batata Vada is stuffed inside the Pav Buns which is also called as "Laddi Pav". The Dry Garlic chutney is enhances the flavor of the whole dish. A perfect evening snack!

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Vada Pav
Vada Pav

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Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time15 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Recipe CategorySnacks
Recipe CuisineIndian

First Lets Prepare Batata Vada:
Batata Vada Recipe | Mumbai Style Aloo Bonda Recipe
Batata Vada Recipe | Mumbai Style Aloo Bonda Recipe
Ingredients For Vada Batter:
Gram Flour1  Cups*
Corn Flour1 tablespoon
Turmeric Powder1/4 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder1/2 teaspoon
SaltTo Taste
Baking Salt / Bi Carbonate of Soda1 generous Pinch
Oil1 tablepsoon + Frying

* 1 Cup = 250ml
Ingredients for Filling:
Boiled Potatoes3
Green Chillies2-3
Ginger1 Inch Piece
Garlic Cloves3-4
Turmeric Powder1/4 teaspoon
Chopped Coriander Leaves1 tablespoon
Salt1/4 teaspoon
Oil1 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds1/2 teaspoon
Curry Leavesfew

Batata Vada Recipe | Mumbai Style Aloo Bonda Recipe
Batata Vada Recipe | Mumbai Style Aloo Bonda Recipe


  1. First lets start with the filling of the vada. Take the green chillies, ginger and garlic cloves in a mixer and grind it to a nice paste. This is the spice mix for our filling. 

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add curry leaves and hing and fry for few seconds. Then add the ground ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and saute it for couple of minutes in medium flame.

  3. I have already boiled the potatoes and mashed it coarsely and kept it aside. Add these coarsely mashed potatoes to the pan and mix well

  4. Then add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. To the pan, then add finely chopped coriander leaves and mix everything well. 

  5. Our Potato filling is ready. Allow the filling to come to room temperature and make lemon sized balls out of the filling and set it aside

  6. Now, lets prepare out batter. In a mixing bowl, add besan flour, corn flour and turmeric powder and mix well. Then add red chilli powder and salt and mix well. 

  7. Then add water little by little and mix well and make it like a bajji batter. The batter should not be too thick or too thin. Heat oil in a pan.  Just before you fry the dumplings, add a pinch of Bi Carbonate of Soda and a tablespoon of hot oil and mix everything well. Adding soda salt should be at last, just before frying the batata vada. If you plan to make these batata vada for guests, then prepare the dumplings and also the batter without adding soda salt and hot oil and keep it ready. When the guests arrive and they are ready to be treated, then heat the oil and add hot oil along with soda salt and mix the batter .

  8. Add each dumplings to the vada batter and nicely coat then with the batter using a fork. Fork will help to have a nice coating than using our hand. Then using the fork itself, gently drop each coated dumplings in the hot oil and fry them

  9. Flip the batata vada on other side and fry them in medium flame till they are crispy and turn golden brown outside. Remove the fried batata vada from oil and place them in paper towel to drain excess oil.

  10. Yummy and Crispy Batata Vada is now ready! 

Lets Prepare Dry Garlic Chutney
Dry Ginger Chutney
Dry Ginger Chutney

Garlic Cloves10
Peanuts1/4 Cup
Dry Coconut2 Tablespoon
SaltTo taste
Red chilli Powder1 teaspoon

  1. Dry Roast Garlic Cloves till light golden brown. We just want to get rid of the raw smell of the garlic. Take these roasted garlic aside
  2. In the same pan, dry roast the peanuts and take the peanuts aside
  3. Again add the dry coconut and roast them till golden brown. 
  4. Take all these in a mixer jar and add red chili powder and salt and grind it to a dry powder without adding any water
  5. Dry Garlic Chutney Ready!
  6. Dry Ginger Chutney
    Dry Ginger Chutney

Lets Prepare Vada Pav
Vada Pav
Vada Pav


Dry Garlic Chutney1 Tablespoon
Green Chutney1 Tablespoon
Sweet tamarind Chutney 1 Tablespoon
Batata Vada1
Roasted Green ChiliFor Garnishing
Fresh OnionsFor Garnishing

  1. Take the Pav and slit it in half. Apply Green chutney on both the half of the bun
  2. Also apply sweet tamarind chutney on the bun. These chutneys are optional
  3. Add Dry Garlic Chutney to the bun. Keep a batata vada and gently press it
  4. Close the bun with other half. Take this in a serving plate
  5. Serve the Vada Pav with Roasted Green chili & Fresh Onions
  6. The mouth-watering Vada Pav Ready!
  7. Vada Pav
    Vada Pav

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