Vada Pav


My hubby spent his earlier job days at Mumbai still somewhere inside his heart,he is a Mumbaikar  and really like Mumbai street food
one day he asked me ,do you know how to make Vada Pav ??

i had never visited Mumbai but ate this dish at a friend house here at the USA.

it is a vegetarian fast food/street food dish native to the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling (vada) placed inside a bun (pav) sliced almost in half through the middle then apply a little or as much one prefer Spicy green chutney and dry garlic chutney on the inner sides of the pav and stuff with a hot vada and serve with fried green chillies.

Here I am sharing my version of Vada Pav which I prepared today the first time and he really loved it.

For today’s Vada Pav recipe, I have made everything from the scratch dry and wet chutneys and vada.Except Pav its store bought.

Ingredients

Pav or bun

For vada (potato dumplings )

Boiled potatoes 2-4

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Garlic /ginger /green chilli crushed  2 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Batter to fry dumplings

Gram flour (Besan ) 1 cup

Red chilli 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

water

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

green chilli 2-3 ( optional)

method to prepare Vada
Take oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves Then crushed garlic ,ginger & chilli  and saute well.Now add turmeric powder, a tsp of salt, and boiled potatoes Mix them well.keep aside to cool down and make a ball of round shape or any shape you prefer.

mix all ingredients for batter and make a smooth paste.Add enough water to make a thick batter. Whisk well until you get a lump-free batter.Once the batter is ready, keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.

heat oil in a pan to fry potatoes Dumplings .

Dip the potatoes balls completely in to the besan mix and deep fry in the pan over medium heat & fry till golden brown.

Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside. (You can make rest of Dumplings  using rest of the batter).

How to Fry Green chillies

In the same pan add green chilies and fry them.
note :- Be careful, as green chilies tend to splutter.so slit green chilli and deep fry .

For green chutney 

1 bunch cilantro /coriander leaves

1 garlic cloves 

1 green chilli 

Salt as per taste 

Lime juice 1tsp or as per taste 

mustard oil 1 tsp

method
In a grinder jar add all ingredients & Grind smooth with little bit water .Empty you jar &  pour your mixture in a container or a bowl. add oil ,i prefer Mustard oil or you can Skip it.

Dry garlic chutney

8-10 cloves 

1/4 cup desiccated coconut or fresh 

2 tsp sesame seeds 

Salt to taste 

Kashmiri red chilli powder or Red chilli 1 tbsp 

Oil 1 tsp

method
Heat pan add oil on med-low heat then add garlic and saute for 30-40 sec or till it starts browning .Same pan saute desiccated coconut on low heat (30-40 sec) & remove it .Same way sesame seeds .Let all ingredients cool down.

In a blender jar add all ingredients & add chilli powder & salt.

Press pulse button (otherwise ingredients will release oil ) once or twice & don’t make it fine leave it coarse .Chutney is ready .

Note :- i don’t have fresh coconut so i used desiccated one.My family Doesn’t like too much Spicy so i have used kashmiri red chilli powder.

How to assemble Vada Pav

Take buns or pao and put green chutney,  and dry garlic chutney inner side of both bun and keep fried potato dumplings  between them.

Serve with the garnishing of fried green chillies and sprinkle more dry garlic chuney ontop. Serve immediately.

Note :- You can adjust the amount of all chutneys as per preference.

 

 

Instant Dhokla


A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Suji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming .Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer. Garnished with split green chilies, mustard seeds, grated coconut and coriander leaves, this dish can be served with accompanied with green chutney.

Ingredients

Gram Flour /Besan 1 cup
Suji 1 tbsp
Curd 1/4 cup
Ginger Chilli paste1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp
Fruit salt 1 tsp
Lemon juice few drops
Water for making batter
for Tempering
Ingredients
Mustardseeds( black ) 1 tsp
Oil 1/2 tsp
Green chillies 1-2
Asafoetida (Hing )1/4 tsp (optional)
Water 1cup
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Fresh grated Coconut (garnishing)

Method
Take a large pan or pot add water for steaming dhokla.Grease a plate or any utensils using for dhokla.i have used loaf panMeanwhile take a bowl add besan,sooji,curd ginger & green chilli paste .adding little water to make a smooth paste.Now add fruit salt & lime juice mix properly.Pour batter in grease utensil.Steam for 10-12 or till it cooked.Put a knife as we do for a cake ..to check.If it comes clean.dhokla is steamed properly.
For tempering
Method
Take a deep pan heat & add oil then mustard seeds,hing green chilli,water,salt &sugar.give a boil.Let it cool down & bit .pour on steamed dhokla.Cut in a desire shape.garnish with fresh grated coconut.Serve with green Chutney.

Tips:- Dhokla mixture neither should be too thin or too thick. A consistency of a  batter is most important for fluffy & light dhokla.add fruit salt into the mixture and stir it with a spoon. As soon as the bubbles appear immediately put the dhokla in the greased plate or dish to steam. Do not whisk the mixture for long. delaying a time to steam dhokla after adding fruit salt to it, then the dhokla will not rise well.

 

Besan Laddu


Roasted gramflour in ghee & make in a ball shape.

Ingredients
2 cups besan
½ cup ghee
1 cup powdered sugar
4 cardamoms-powdered
Method
dry roast the besan in a kadai or pan on slow flame for about 10-12 mins.keep on stirring continuously so that the besan is not burned and so that there is even browning.melt the ghee and keep aside.add the melted ghee and continue roasting the besan for some more 5-6 minutes stirring continuously.the besan would start to give a nice nutty fragrance and will start releasing ghee.once you get a strong nutty fragrance then switch off the fire.remove the pan from the stove and keep down.add powdered sugar.add the powdered cardamom stir well so that no lumps are formed.once you have mixed the besan ladoo mixture well then let it cool down to room temperature.make small or medium sized besan ladoos and store them in air tight containers.