If you live in Mumbai then surely you had been eating Aloo Bonda or Batata Vada as a street food. It is one of the favorite snacks of Mumbaikers. Vada pav is prepared using Aloo Bonda, pav and a variety of spices
Aloo Bonda is typical Maharashtrian snack. It is prepared and savored in many parts of India with minor variations of ingredients and name.
Potatoes - 300 gram
Oil - 1 tbsp
mustard seeds or rai - ½ tsp
Curry leaves - 7 to 10 chopped, optional
Turmeric or Haldi - ¼ tsp
ginger - 1 inch, Finely chopped
Green chili - 1, finely chopped or adjust to taste
Cilantro or hara dhania - 2 tbsp Chopped
Salt - ½ tsp adjust to taste
Gram flour or Besan - 100 gram
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Hing or Asafetida - ⅛ tsp
Baking soda - ¼ tsp
Red pepper - ¼ tsp
Salt - to taste
Water - about ¼ cup
Oil - to fry
Boil the potatoes. Mix the gram flour with water in a bowl to make a thick and greasy paste. Take ¾ cup of water to make the paste.
Put salt, hing, asafetida, baking soda, red pepper in the paste and stir for about 2-3 minutes.
Leave this paste for 15 minutes so that gram flour take its increasing space properly.
Peel the potatoes and cut into pieces roughly with hands.
Put black mustard seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, ginger, green chilli, cilantro and salt in it. Mix it properly and make 10 equal parts of it and make small balls with hands.
Heat the oil in a frying pan to fry.
Take a ball of potato and dip it in gram flour paste properly so that the paste covers the ball properly.
Fry the ball in the hot oil. Fry it at low flame.
You can fry 3-4 Vadas at the same time easily. Fry batata vada till they become golden brown from all sides.
Cover a plate with tissue paper and put all Batata vada on this plate after frying.
Serve them hot with fried chilli and sauce.
Serve them with sandwich buns using cilantro chutney as spread. Now this is known as Vada pav, another famous street food in Mumbai.
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