Vada Pav – Fried Potato Burger

Vada Pav is a very popular street food, from the city of Mumbai in India .It’s a simple deep fried potato dumpling on a pav/burger bun with spice powders, chutney or sauces.It is sometimes even called the Indian burger. The name vada pav translates to potato patty burger .Vada is the deep fried potato patty and the pav is the burger bun. This popular dish is usually sold on streets of Mumbai catering to the fast life of people there.It’s very easy to acquire a liking to it even if you have never had it before. What can go wrong with a deep fried crisp potato patty on a pav/burger bun right? This is also very simple to make as it needs few ingredients .The chutneys can be prepared in advance or you can even buy them from the store if available or skip them if you are in short of time . The vada and pav tastes good even by itself . If you haven’t tried this do try it out .It’s really awesome. So let’s get onto the recipe and details below .

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5 from 2 votes
Vada Pav – Fried Potato Burger
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

Deep fried potato patties on a bun with green chutney and spiced powders

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: burger, patties
For the vada (potato patty)
  • 3 medium potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups oil to deep fry
For the batter to deep fry patty
  • 1 cup besan or chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water or as required to make a thick batter
Other ingredients
  • 12 pav or dinner rolls
  • 10 fried green chillies optional
  • 1 cup green chutney
  • 1 cup dry garlic chutney
Green chutney ingredients
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
Dry garlic chutney ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dry coconut
  • 5 to 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp groundnuts
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
To make the Potato Patty or Vada
  1. Make the batter with the ingredients in the batter section .It should neither be too thick nor runny but just enough to coat the potato patty.

  2. Heat a little oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds

  3. Add the roughly crushed green chilly, garlic and ginger

  4. Add turmeric powder salt and mix well

  5. Add chopped coriander leaves, curry leaves and lemon juice

  6. Make small round balls of the mashed potato and dip into the batter and coat it evenly .Deep fry in hot oil till they are golden brown.

To make green chutney
  1. Grind green chillies, coriander leaves, garlic into a fine paste

  2. Add salt, lemon juice and a little oil

To make the dry garlic chutney
  1. Grind garlic, dry coconut , red chilly powder, peanuts, sesame, salt and tamarind to a rough paste.

To assemble the vada pav
  1. Use store bought pav or dinner rolls .Make a slit all the way till the end.

  2. Spread butter and fry on a pan on both sides

  3. Spread green chutney , dry garlic chutney if you like and place a vada on top of it .

  4. Add a fried green chilly if you can tolerate the spice .

  5. Cover it up and have a big bite .Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    June 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Looks yummy

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    June 29, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Looks delicious 😋

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      June 29, 2019 at 5:47 am

      Such a delightful treat, I never say NO to this😁.

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      July 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    June 29, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Yum, yum, yummy! 🙂

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    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    June 30, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’m so glad you explained this, like how vada is the potato and pav is the burger bun – I’d never come across it before but that deep fried potato looks so yummy! My carb-loving brain is wanting one of these! xx

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      July 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you! Its sure very tempting 🙂

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    June 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I totally agree, Nisha — how can you go wrong with a deep fried potato between two buns? 😉 I really enjoy learning about street food from other countries, and I’m really looking forward to trying this in India someday!

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    July 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Perfect street food for rainy season!!

    • Reply
      July 9, 2019 at 1:19 am

      Yes rightly said Deeksha, Thank you !

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    July 25, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Very interesting! Good one to try!

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      July 26, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      They are really yum , hope you will try them! Thank you so much 🙂

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    February 20, 2020 at 3:51 am

    I tried this several years ago and had a terrible time with getting all of it to be straight. I eventually made some shorter, some longer and used that layout.

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