Born and brought up in Maharashtra and my mother tongue being Tamil, I was brought up with a brilliant amalgamation of these beautiful cultures. In this post, I would like to talk about an iconic street food from Maharashtra – the humble vada pav or batata vadas. Vada is a deep fried potato cutlet and pav is a kind of soft bread. This dish is served with red chutney and fried chilies and is popular among every generation.

It is a cheap and a staple snack, which hardly cost anything and could be eaten at anytime of the day. Since my childhood, I have loved to feast on this dish, as it was readily available in school and college canteens. The best vada pav that I have eaten is at JJ garden, M.G. Road, Pune and near Keerti college, Dadar, Mumbai.

On growing up and learning more about food, I realized that the vadas consume a lot of oil and hence I decided to try a healthy version of the vadas. I decided to bake these, and they turned out really yummy and crispy.

Here is the recipe to the yummy and delicious baked vadas, which is best eaten with masala/adhraki (ginger) chai (tea).

Baked Vadas

Easy and simple
Course: Breakfast / Snack
Cuisine: Maharashtrian
Makes 8-10 vadas

For the potato filling

Potatoes – 4 (medium size)
Curry leaves – 10-12nos
Ginger – 1 inch finely chopped
Asafoetida – a pinch
Green chilies – 2 nos finely chopped
Coriander leaves – ½ cup finely chopped
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Lemon juice – 1tsp
Salt to taste
Oil – 1tsp

For the Gram flour (besan) batter
Gram/chickpea flour – ½ cup
Water – 1/3 cup or more
Baking soda – a pinch
Oil – 1 tsp
Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C
  2. Boil and mash the potatoes
  3. Make a paste of green chilies, ginger, using a mortar and pestle
  4. Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it starts to crackle, add asafoetida, curry leaves and the ginger-chili paste.
  5. Stir and cook for a minute. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Turn off the flame and add this tempering to the mashed potatoes.
  7. Mix well and add lemon juice and salt.
  8. Divide it into equal portions in round shaped balls.
  9. For the gram flour batter: take gram flour, baking soda, salt and oil and mix it water. (Consistency of this batter should be slightly thinner than dosa batter)
  10. Coat these round shaped balls and place it on a greased baking sheet
  11. Bake these @ 180°C for 30-40 mins or until golden brown.
  12. Serve these hot with pav, chutney and tea

One Comment Add yours

  1. Geeta Murlidharan says:

    Hmmm. Batata Vadas, the most mouth watering item I have ever tasted. And if they are baked no guilt attached. Jee bhar ke kha lo.

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