The iconic Maharashtrian fast-food dish of Vada Pav, a.k.a. Wada Pao, Wada Pav or Vada Pao, is the one food that is quintessentially Mumbai and Maharashtrian. The centerpiece and highlight of this street snack is the deep-fried potato dumpling which is the ‘Vada’, which is placed between a sliced bread bun called a ‘Pav’.
This Mumbai Vada Pav is usually eaten with a green chilli pepper and a spicy, tangy red chutney which is smeared inside the pav. Vada Pav is the original cheap street food of Mumbai, but has now traversed social boundaries and is served across restaurants, food stalls and even high-end restaurants. It is also popularly called the Bombay Burger due to its resemblance as a burger and keeping in mind its origins. If a quick, on-the-go meal is what you want, this easy-to-make Vada Pav snack is your savior.
Know how to make your favourite Vada Pav at home: The making of the actual Vada is a very easy-to-follow process. Mix boiled, mashed potatoes, garlic, and green chilies and shallow-fry it in oil before allowing it to cool and dividing them to make balls which need to be deep fried. Slit the Pav buns and place the fried vada in between and apply green and red garlic chutneys on both inner sides of the Pav. Yum!