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Vada pav

Vada pav
A plate of vada pav with seasoning of red chilli powder and a green chilli.
A plate of vada pav with seasoning of red chilli powder and a green chilli.
Alternative namesvada pao, wada pav, wada pao, pao vada, pav vada, pao wada, pav wada, batata wada pav
Place of originIndia
Main ingredientsDeep-fried fritter made of mashed potato and spices, bread bun

Vada pav, alternatively spelt vada pao, wada pav, or wada pao, is a vegetarian fast food dish native to the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a deep fried potato dumpling placed inside a bread bun (pav) sliced almost in half through the middle. It is generally accompanied with one or more chutneys and a green chilli pepper.[1] Although it originated as cheap street food in Mumbai, it is now served in food stalls and restaurants across India. It is also called Bombay burger[2] in keeping with its origins and its resemblance in physical form to a burger.


Batata vada in Marathi literally means "potato fritter". It is a combination of the word for "potato" (batata) and vada, a type of fried savoury snack. Pav is a derivative of the Portuguese word pão, which means bread.


Boiled potato is mashed and mixed with chopped green chilli and garlic, mustard seeds, and spices (usually asafoetida and turmeric). The mass is then shaped into a ball, dipped into gram flour batter and deep fried. The resultant fritter is served by placing inside a bread bun, accompanied with one or more chutneys and fried green chilli.

There are several variations of the recipe[3]. The chutneys could be made of peanut, tamarind, or mint and coriander[4].


The most common theory of the vada pav's origin is that it was invented in the erstwhile mill-heartland of Central Mumbai. The carbohydrate-rich snack catered to the mill workers of what was then known as Girangaon. The combination of the potato dumpling (batata vada) placed inside a pav quickly became popular in Girangaon and later the rest of Maharashtra. The favourite snacks in Maharashtra, vada pav is claimed to be a part of the culture of Marathis.[5][6]

One of the earliest kiosks selling vada pav is said to be Khidki Vada Pav located in Kalyan.[citation needed] It was started in the late 1960s by the Vaze family, who used to hand out vada pav from a window of their house facing the road.[citation needed]


See also


  1. ^ "Famous Vada Pav places in Mumbai". The Free Press Journal. 30 July 2015. Archived from the original on 17 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Bhattacharya, Suryatapa (12 January 2010). "The world's best fast food". The National. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. ^ Makan, Chetna (6 July 2017). Chai, Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India. Hachette UK. ISBN 1784723037. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ LF Team. "How to Make Mumbai's Famous Vada Pav at Home".
  5. ^ Graves, Helen. "Vada pav sandwich recipe". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  6. ^ Sarma, Ramya. "In Search of Mumbai Vada Pav". The Hindu. The Hindu. Retrieved 27 January 2015.