Vada Pao

Every Mumbaikar and Puneite simply adore on this simple food. And every person who feel what is there in a vada pao must have it at least once to turn into a Vada Pao Fan. I used to make it my way as I didn't know its correct recipe. Though, it tasted OK, it never gave me that perfect vada pao taste until unless I got the recipe from a real Mumbaikar, from one of Imroz colleague's wife . Thanks a lot to her that now I can make that perfect Vada Pao at home.

Ingredients :

3-4 medium size boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes
1 small onion chopped
5-6 garlic pods crushed
1/2 inch ginger crushed
10-15 mint leaves chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
4-5 curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 green chili chopped
1/2 tsp baking Soda
Oil for deep frying

Method to cook :

Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds,curry leaves, green chilies, garlic, ginger and mint leaves.
Cook for 2 minutes.
Add turmeric powder, mashed potatoes, salt and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Allow the mixture to cool.

Make a thick batter of Besan, Salt and Water. Beat well to remove any lumps. Add Ajwain(optional) and Baking Soda and mix well.
Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying.
Make small flat patties of cooked potato mixture. Dip in Besan Mixture and Deep fry until golden brown.

Take a Pao, cut it to two parts. Put a layer of ketcup or tomato chutney. Place a Vada Pao.
Serve with garlic chutney and deep fried green chilies coated with a little salt.

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