Tuesday, August 25, 2009

An afternoon snack from the street corners in Bombay!

I guess the English translation would be potato fritters and gralic-coconut chutney! Another of the street food from Bombay! Madhu made that couple of days ago... Batata vada is his own recipe taste exactly like eating from a street corner some where in Bombay! Garlic and dry coconut chutney is his mother's recipe and this time it came exactly like MIL makes it! This is one of my favourite!

Here is the recipe of batata vada:

Potatoes: 2 lbs
red onions: 1 big one
ginger: 1 tbsp
garlic: 1 tbsp
Thai green chili: according to taste
chili powder: up to you
turmeric: 1/2 tsp
asfaetida: 1 pinch
mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds: 1/4 tsp
curry leaves: few of them (optional)
salt to taste
Canola or vegetable oil to fry
A wok

Gram flour/chicpea flour/besan batter:

Gram flour/chicpea flour/besan: 2 cups
water : a cup or so
salt: according to taste
turmeric: 1/4 tsp

Unsweetened dry coconut powder: 1/2 cup
gralic cloves: 4
chili powder: according to taste
salt: according to taste


Boil the potatoes. We generally do it in a pressure cooker. Remove the skins and mash it well. In a wok, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add mustard seeds when the oil is really hot. once the mustard seeds started splattering add cumin seeds, asafetida, turmeric, green chili, curry leaves. then add ginger, garlic and onions. Once they are sautéed, add potatoes and salt. Cook it well by mixing it with a spatula. Now take it out of the stove top and set it aside to cool it.

Make the batter with flour. Heat a cup or more oil in wok to fry the vadas. Make little ball of the potato mixture, dip them in the batter and fry them in hot oil.

Grind all the ingredients in a dry grinder together and it is done.

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