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.

 

 

Aloo Gobhi Curry


Boiled Potatoes & fried Cauliflower Florets ,Seasoned & simmer with Indian Spices.

Ingredients

  • Boiled potatoes 4 med size cut in chunks
  • Cauliflower florets 2 cup
  • Mustard Oil ?any cooking oil 2 tbsp
  • Onion sliced med 2
  • Tomatoes chopped 3
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1/2 tbsp
  • coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf 2
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Green coriander leaves chopped 1 tbsp
  • Water 1 cup or as required for gravy

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan then adding Cumin seeds once it crackled add bay leaf.add cauliflower cook till it became brown on top.remove from oil keep aside .
  2. using same pan adding sliced onion cook till it becomes translucent.add ginger garlic paste cook till raw aroma goes off.Add tomatoes & dry powder except garam masala powder cook till start leaving oil.
  3. add cooked cauliflower & boiled potatoes.mix properly so it coated with masala mixture.add salt & garam masala powder.give a good stir .add water & boil .once start boiling simmer to low heat for 10 min .so that vegetables absorb gravy .
  4. Check seasoning & curry desired consistency.turn off heat add chopped green coriander leaves.Serve with Rice or chappati
My Tip: Cook preferably in mustard oil.it gives an awesome flavor.

Dahiwale Aloo


Boiled potatoes simmered in Yogurt gravy

ingredients

  • Boiled potatoes, 3 medium sized
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies (dry)- as per taste
  • Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
  • Curd- 1 cup (whisked)
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Oil 3 tsp

method

  1. Heat 2 -3 tsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and then allow them to crackle. Then add the red dry chillies and allow them to crackle. Then add the boiled potato and saute for a minute.
  2. Next, remove the boiled potatoes and use the same pot to cook. Add oil to heat, then add the dry masalas ( now add coriander powder, turmeric,red chilli powder, asafoetida) and cook for a minute.
  3. Then add the whisked yogurt and keep stirring until all the spices are mixed well. Now add salt and water if it is too thick. Cook it for 5 minutes on a low flame. Keep the gravy consistency as per your choice.
  4. Serve it hot with chappati/poori /paratha.

Aloo Rassedar


Boiled Potatoes Cooked in tomato gravy

ingredients

  • Potatoes-boiled peeled & cut to chunks 500 gm
  • finely chopped ginger 1 tbsp
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • 2-3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds -roasted and coarsely grounded
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds roasted and coarsely grounded
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Green coriander leaves for garnish
  • Water as required for gravy

Method

  1. Heat ghee, add the asafoetida, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and the potatoes soon after. Saute the potatoes well, making sure they all get coated with the ghee. remove Potatoes & keep aside
  2. using same pan add chopped tomatoes &grated ginger & salt cook till it becomes soft & rest of dried powder. once u get nice aroma .Add potatoes & enough water to cover the potatoes, and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.till u get desired consistency ,serve with hot poori