Wada pav

Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav or vada paav, is a popular spicy vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between two slices of a pav. The compound word batata vada refers in Marathi to a vada (fritter) made out of batata, the latter referring to a potato. Pav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. It is also known as an Indian burger.


Finely cut green chilies and ginger and a phodani (tempering) of mustard seeds, turmeric and salt are added to a mash of boiled potatoes, and after dipping patties of the mash in an herb-seasoned batter of gram flour, the patties are deep-fried.

Vada pav is typically served with a chutney (sauce) which is commonly made out of shredded coconut, tamarind pulp, and garlic.

Variations of the above basic dish include "cheese vada pav" (where slices of cheese are added); there is "Szechwan vada pav" (where the pav is layered with a Szechwan, or Sichuan-style, sauce); "samosa pav" (where a samosa is used instead of a vada); and "jain vada pav" (where vada ingredients do not include onions, garlic and potatoes). Vada pav served in the nearby state of Gujarat is usually fried in butter or edible oil. The pav is first fried in a mixture of butter or oil and dried red chili powder. After that the chutney is applied in the hot fried pav and the vada is placed in between. This is the only difference between vada pav in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In the state of Gujarat, the original un-fried vada pav recipe is referred to as "Bombay vada pav".

This dish was initially started as the most cheapest form of a meal for low income group, but due to its taste, this dish became so popular that many sophisticated hotels also have started dishing out this dish at extra cost. However, this dish is still regarded as a humble dish, and many people have it at breakfast, lunch or even dinner as well.[1]

Private food chains

Private food chains have started selling vada pavs. Jumbo King Foods Pvt. Ltd. is known to be India's largest selling vada pav. Ashok Wada Pav near Kirti College, Dadar is a very famous vendor in Mumbai. The vada pav that this stall serves is piping hot with green chutney and tamarind jaggery chutney. Goli Vada Pav, a chain of 'quick service restaurants’, is famous for its vada pav especially the ones with varied At one of the numerous Jumbo King outlets across the city, vada pav can be had in a range of flavors for seven rupees (about 14 cents at 50 rupees to the dollar). Jumbo King aims to be the McDonald’s of street snacks, and the uniformly wrapped vada pavs are served by plastic-gloved dispensers from steel fryers, with optional spicy chutney and garlic toppings.

Indian street food

Batata vada is synonymous with the south Indian Potato Bonda.Vada Pav / Wada Pav is the Indianized burger. Crispy vada sandwiched between soft buns with spicy garlic/ mint/ coriander chutney. It is a hugely popular street food in India and has its origins in the state of Maharashtra.Vada Pavs are common to find in every part of India and is sold by roadside vendoors and some shops.

See also


External links

  • In Search of Mumbai Vada Pav