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Vada pav
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Place of origin India
Region or state Maharashtra
Dish details
Course served snack
Main ingredient(s) deep-fried mashed potato patties

Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव) , sometimes spelled wada pav, is a popular vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between two slices of a pav. The compound word batata vada refers In Marathi to a vada made out of batata, the latter referring to a potato. Both words batata and potato have their origin in Spanish patata. Pav refers to bread (or bun), the Marathi word having its origin in Portuguese pão. Vada pav was supposedly devised by snack vendor Ashok Vaidya outside Dadar station in 1971.[1]


Vada Pavs

Finely cut green chilies and ginger and a phodani (tempering) of mustard seeds and turmeric are added to a mash of boiled potatoes, and after dipping patties of the mash in an herb-seasoned batter of gram flour, the patties are deep-fried.

Vada pav is typically served with a chutney (sauce) which is commonly made out of shredded coconut “meat”, tamarind pulp, and garlic.

Variations of the above basic dish include "cheese vada pav" (where slices of cheese are added); "samosa pav" (where a "samosa" is used instead of a vada); and "Jain vada pav" (where vada ingredients do not include onions, garlic and potatoes).

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  1. ^ Hafta Magazine: Deconstructing the Pav Bhaji


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