Vada Pav recipe

When you walk into Mumbai’s lively streets, the tantalizing aroma of street cuisine hits you right away. Among the many gastronomic delicacies, one classic snack stands out: Vada Pav, sometimes known as the Mumbai burger. This wonderful blend of spicy potato filling wrapped in a gram flour batter and served in a soft pav (bread roll) has become synonymous with Mumbai’s busy street food culture. Join us on a culinary journey through the history, preparation, and taste of this popular Indian street snack.


Vada Pav originated in the 1960s on the streets of Mumbai, where a simple street vendor named Ashok Vaidya devised this snack as an economical and pleasant lunch for the city’s working-class population. Since then, Vada Pav has become a Mumbai street food staple, adored by people of all backgrounds. Its popularity has spread beyond Mumbai, earning it the nickname “poor man’s burger,” because it is a quick, tasty, and inexpensive option for a satisfying snack.

Vada Pav

Vada Pav Recipe

Vada Pav

Discover the charm of Vada Pav, Mumbai's response to the burger! Learn about the history and ingredients, then follow our step-by-step instructions to make this popular street meal at home. Every bite delivers an explosion of flavor!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Vada pav
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal


  • Deep frying pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Potato masher
  • Slotted spoon
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


  • For the Potato Filling:
  • - 4 large potatoes boiled and mashed
  • - 1 tablespoon oil
  • - 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • - 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • - 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • - Salt to taste
  • - 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • For the Gram Flour Batter:
  • - 1 cup gram flour besan
  • - 1/4 cup rice flour
  • - 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • - 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Water as needed to make a thick batter
  • For Assembling:
  • - 8 pav bread rolls, lightly toasted
  • - Green chutney
  • - Tamarind chutney
  • - Garlic chutney optional


Step-by-Step Cooking Guide:

1. To prepare the potato filling:
- Heat oil in a pan and add mustard and cumin spices.
- When the seeds begin to sputter, add the turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
- Add the mashed potatoes and stir thoroughly.
- Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Finish with chopped coriander leaves and set aside.
2. Prepare the Gram Flour Batter:
- In a bowl, combine gram flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
- Gradually add water to get a thick batter with no lumps.
3. Form and Fry the Potato Mix:
- Divide the potato filling evenly and form into round patties.
- Heat the oil in a deep frying pan.
- Dip each potato patty into the gram flour batter, making sure it is thoroughly coated.
- Carefully place it in the heated oil, frying until golden brown.
- Remove extra oil from the vada using a slotted spoon before placing it on absorbent paper.
4. Assemble the Vada Pav:
- Slice horizontally, leaving one edge intact.
- Spread green chutney on one side, tamarind chutney on the other.
- Place a vada in the center, pressing lightly.
- Add garlic chutney for an added kick.
- Serve hot, with more chutney on the side.
5. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Your handmade Vada Pav - the Mumbai Burger - is ready to eat!
- For a true Mumbai street food experience, serve with a hot cup of chai.



Learn about the history of Vada Pav and include it into your culinary repertoire. With our step-by-step instructions, making this delectable snack is not only simple, but also a celebration of India’s culinary heritage. Enjoy the rush of aromas in each bite, and let Vada Pav take you to Mumbai’s bustling streets. Happy cooking!

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