Vada Pav (Potato Buns)
Vada Pav (sometimes known as wada pav) is a very popular vegetarian fast food from Maharashtra, India. It's a fantastic, spicy little sandwich that consists of a BATATA VADA (mashed potato fritter) sandwiched between two slices of a pav (mini bun). The addition of various spicy chutneys take this humble sandwich to a whole other level and each mouthful packs quite a punch in terms of flavour. For sure this is a MUST TRY recipe! The preparations are a little labour intensive due to the many different things that are then assembled together, but the results are well worth the extra effort.
Here are the direct links to the recipes for the ingredients needed:
Slit each pav bun in half. You can lightly toast the bun for some added crispness. Apply a little of each of the liquid chutneys on the inside of the buns.
Take one batata vada andpress it slightly to flattern it onto the bottom half of the bun. Form a small dip on the potato's top by pressing with your thumb. This will be a nice resting place for all those lovely chutneys. Now smother the batata vada with more chutneys, topping them off with a teaspoon of the crunchy peanut and garlic chutney (I've heard that a vada pav is not 'truly' authentic without this!). Cover the top half of the bun and flatten gently.
Now DIG RIGHT IN!! This goes well with an icy cold drink.