Recipe: Vada Pav, a Favourite Street Food

Vada Pav
Masalamommas is so honoured to share a series of three recipes from the newly released ‘Afternoon Tea’, by the team at Devnaa! Roopa and Jay, a brother sister team are renowned for their amazing desserts over at Devnaa, and their latest book explores the an Indian-inspired afternoon tea.
Check out the second recipe we love from the book:  Vada Pav!
The best way to describe this sandwich is that it’s like the Indian alternative to a chip butty. Golden potato dumplings stuffed into a lightly toasted (or not) bread roll which has been generously spread with tasty, tangy chutney.  Enjoy as it is, or garnish with lots of trimmings like pomegranate seeds, gram flour vermicelli, fresh coriander leaves, and even more chutney to create another Indian roadside classic.
If you prefer not to fry the dumplings then it is worth not ing that the filling also tastes great just as it is skip the procedure for the batter and frying, simply fill the rolls with the potato preparation and some chutney.
For the Filling
500 g potatoesGround chili pepper flakes cinnamon and turmeric in the background.
2 tbsp oil
2 ½ tsp grated ginger
2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 tsp salt
1 tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp turmeric
Juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp sugar
Small handful of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
For the Batter
150g gram flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp paprika
100 ml slightly warm water
1 tbsp yogurt

Large pinch of finely chopped fresh coriander leavescoriander leaves heap on the wooden background

Sunflower oil for deep-frying
To Assemble
6 bread rolls
Coriander and mint chutney
Date and tamarind chutney




  1. To make the filling, start by peeling and finely dicing the potatoes.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy pan over a medium heat and when it becomes hot, add the ginger and green chillies and sauté for a few moments until they become really fragrant.
  3. Carefully tip the potatoes into the pan and give them a good stir to coat them in the oil and spices before sprinkling in the salt, chilli flakes, chilli powder, and turmeric.
  4. Mix well, cover and allow the potatoes to cook until almost tender be sure to stir them occasionally so that they don’t stick to the pan or burn.
  5. When the potatoes are almost cooked through, mix in the lemon juice and sugar then cover and leave to cook until completely tender.
  6. As soon as the potatoes are soft enough to mash, turn off the heat and sprinkle in the coriander leaves. Cover the pan again and leave aside to cool.
  7. To prepare the batter for the dumplings begin by sifting the gram flour, salt, and paprika into a mixing bowl.
  8. Add a little of the water and whisk the flour into a smooth paste.
  9. When the paste is completely smooth, whisk in the yoghurt and just enough water to make a thick, pancake-like batter.
  10. Returning to your cooled potato mixture, mash the potatoes into smooth dough and then form the centre of the dumplings by taking one or two tbsp of the dough at a time (depending on what size you would like your dumplings to be) and rolling into smooth balls.
  11. Heat up your oil for deep frying in a karahi or wok and test to see if it is hot enough for frying by dropping on a little batter. If the batter immediately rises back up, the oil is ready.
  12. Carefully dip a potato ball into the batter and making sure it is evenly coated, transfer to the hot oil (you can use a spoon to assist, and only fry as many dumplings as you feel comfortable with at any one time).
  13. Fry until the batter turns a deep golden shade and is firm on the outside.
  14. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried dumplings to a dish lined with kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil, and then repeat the process until all the dumplings are fried.
  15. Taking your bread rolls, you can choose to either toast them or leave them as they are, spread one half with your coriander and mint chutney, the other half with your date and tamarind chutney, and squash a dumpling or two between the halves.
  16. Enjoy hot or cold with a refreshing glass of Indian lemonade or ‘sherbet’.
    If you have extra dumplings after filling the rolls, stick toothpicks in them and serve alongside your afternoon tea spread and some extra chutney for dipping, they will surely vanish in no time.
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