Batata Vada Recipe or Vada Pav

Vada Pav | Maharashtrian-Mumbai street food | Aloo Bonda | Tea time snack

Recipe / food styling / photography by - Sunayana Gupta


Batata Vada Recipe - Lets learn how to make Batata Vada (absolutely delicious recipe of Batata Vada ingredients and cooking method). Batata Vada is a popular snack from the street food of Mumbai and also used with Vada Pav.

What better way to enjoy the monsoon with hot and spicy Batata Vada along with some Pudina Chutney and Masala Chai on side? A plate of piping hot Batata Vada is every food lovers dream and when it is ‘Homemade’, then you need not to worry about the hygine and freshness of ingredients. Just read a book or watch your favorite match and enjoy this mouth watering snack….pure bliss!

Batata Vada is a classic Maharashtrian dish that is made with boiled mashed potatoes perked up with assorted spices, dipped in gram flour batter and deep fried. If you have ever enjoyed Mumbai street food, then you must have come across various stalls of Batata Vada in every nook n corner. It is not only a famous Tea Time Snack, but also makes a delicious filling for ‘Vada Pao’ which is again another speciality from Mumbai cuisine. In Mumbai’s local language ‘Batata’ means ‘Potatoes’ and ‘Vada’ means ‘A Deep Fried Stuff’. Hence, the name Batata Vada, though many people also call it Aloo Bonda.

The recipe to make these delicious and fiery Batata Vadas is nothing complicated and if you have some boiled potatoes in hand, then more than half of the work is already done. You just need to mash these potatoes, mix in the spices, dip in thick gram flour or besan batter and deep fry like Pakodis. Aren’t you drooling? Let’s check out the recipe then!

While Mumbai is famous for it’s street foods, get more of similar Mumbai recipes like -

Pao Bhaji Recipe

Bombay Sandwich Recipe

Pani Puri Recipe

Dahi Puri Recipe

Cutting Chai Recipe

Serve Batata Vadas with a combination of sweet and tangy chutneys like Sweet Mango Chutney and Garlic Coriander Chutney. This would definetely be an interesting way to enjoy your snack and change the taste with assorted chutneys.

Pack these batata Vadas in your kid’s tiffin with Tomato Thokku or Peanut Onion Chutney. A drooling and satisfying snack box that he/she would love to share with friends. 

Sunday Brunch Menu - 

We won’t be asking you to work for hours on a lazy Sunday. But for an interesting homemade brunch you need to work a little more a day before. Keep ‘Potato Mixture’ ready, next day your job would be just making the batter and deep frying potato balls.

Also make some extra chapatis for dinner. If you are wondering as to why we are asking that, then let us tell you that Sunday brunch would be Batata Vada with amazing Parsi style Seyal Roti which is made with leftover rotis/chapatis. Team your meal with protein rich and delicious Choco Banana Smoothie.


Batata Vada or Vada Pav

Batata Vada Recipe, Lets learn how to make Batata Vada (absolutely delicious recipe of Batata Vada ingredients and cooking method). Batata Vada is a popular snack from the street food of Mumbai and also used with Vada Pav.

Preparation Time : 20 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes

Category : Chaat
Cuisine :
Servings : 8 servings

Author : Sunayana Gupta

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Recipe Ingredients

  • Potatoes (Boiled-peeled-mashed) - 3-4 medium or 2 large
  • Ginger (Finely Chopped) - 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli (Finely chopped) - 1 teaspoon or to taste
  • Fresh coriander (Chopped) - 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder (Haldi) - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder (Amchur/khatai) - 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing) - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt - To taste
  • Oil- 1 tablespoon

For the Batter -  

  • Gramflour (Besan) - 1 cup
  • Water - To make a thick batter
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - To taste
  • Oil - To deep fry

How to make Batata Vada or Vada Pav

Making Spicy Potato Mixture -

  1. To begin with making Batata Vada we need to make a spicuy mixture of potatoes. For this heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok and add in the mustard seeds, asafoetida, ginger and green chilli.
  2. Saute for a minute and add mashed potatoes. Mix in salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, amchur, fresh coriander.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes till everything is well combined and remove from heat. Potato mixture is ready. Let it cool at room temperature.
  4. Now apply some oil on your palms and make balls of this mixture. These balls should be similar to the size of a medium potato.
  5. When the balls are ready, we can proceed to making the batter.

Making Gramflour or Besan Batter -

Take all the ingredients listed under second category (Except oil to deep fry) and make a batter with water. This batter should be of medium to thick consistency or similar to a cake like batter.

Deep frying Batata Vada -

  1. Heat sufficient oil in a heavy bottom pan or wok. Take one ball of potato mixture, roll in the gram flour batter and gently slide into the wok.
  2. Similarly deep fry the vads in batches of 2-3 or more depending on the capacity of wok and the amount of oil you have taken to fry.
  3. Deey fry the vads on medium heat till they get a lovely golden and crisp texture.
  4. Remove on a plate lined with absorbent paper and continue with the remaining vadas.
  5. Batata Vada is now ready. Team with assorted chutneys of choice. Enjoy!

  • Name
  • Batata Vada Recipe or Vada Pav
  • Sub name
  • Vada Pav | Maharashtrian-Mumbai street food | Aloo Bonda | Tea time snack
  • Category
  • Chaat
  • Cuisine
  • Maharashtrian-Mumbai
  • Key ingredients
  • Boiled potatoes, ginger, chilli, gramflour
  • Cooking technique
  • Deep fry
  • Technicality
  • Medium
  • Taste
  • Savory, spicy, fiery
  • Texture
  • Soft inside with a crisp coating
  • Preparation time
  • 20 minutes
  • Cooking time
  • 20 minutes
  • Servings
  • 8
  • Equipment used
  • Pan, wok
  • Steps
  • 0
  • Created date
  • 2018-08-10 13:31:51

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