One of my favorite street foods in Mumbai is the ‘Vada Paav’ or the poor man’s burger which is made with potatoes and chick pea flour. Vada Paav is as basic to Mumbai as cheese burger is to America. It is the most ubiquitous street food in Mumbai and you can find it almost at every street corner, at railway stations, near temples, next to parks and of course outside schools and colleges and offices. I am sure every Mumbai-ite will have a favorite joint that they solemnly swear by that makes the best ones in town! I do too! Whenever I visit Mumbai, I absolutely have got to have the vada paav from our local street corner vendor in the suburb of Chembur whose dry garlic chutney powder is the ultimate – the bomb! My dad indulges me by going out to get a parcel (vadapaav wrapped in newspaper) for me !
Thankfully I am married to a Mumbai-ite too who shares my passion for Vada paav and so we end up making it quite often in our kitchen:) This time I went one step ahead and decided to make the Paav (bread rolls) also at home. Omg! The home made rolls came out so perfect – very much like the freshly baked Paav you get in the streets of Mumbai.
So much better than the store bought burger buns or dinner rolls. Nothing like having hot potato vadas stuffed inside freshly baked rolls! And with the 3 different chutneys – red chili garlic chutney, green coriander chutney and tamarind date chutney slathered generously on them – I was in heaven!
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 green chillies
- 1 tbsp peanuts (or roasted chana dal)
- 1 tbsp grated coconut(optional)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2-3 tbsp water
Add all ingredients to food processor and blend to get smooth paste.
Recipe for dry garlic chutney:
- 8-10 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup coconut grated
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp peanuts, roasted
- 4 dry red chillies
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tiny (penny size ) piece of tamarind
- 1/2 tsp salt
Dry roast separately the garlic, the coconut and the sesame seeds until brown.
Transfer all ingredients to a food processor/dry grinder and blend till coarse.
Recipe for tamarind date chutney:
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- quarter size piece of tamarind (pit removed) soaked in 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp cumin powder
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you get a smooth puree