Vada Pav is the most famous Mumbai roadside snack. The vada is made of a spicy potato filling deep fried in a gram flour batter. It is the common man’s food in mumbai and is a popular street food snack. Vada Pav has iconic status in India. It used to be “poor man’s food”, but these days even the richest man enjoys it.Vada Pav now shares a place in the menu of many Star Hotels.
According to Wikipedia , Vada Pav is believed to have been devised by Ashok Vaidya who sold street food from a stall beside Dadar railway station in Mumbai in 1971, now near to Kirti College. It is now offered at street stalls, cafes and restaurants throughout India.
Basically the Vadas are made with boiled mashed potatoes spiced, commonly with chillies, garlic, asafoetida, turmeric, mustard seeds and garlic, but the spices may vary. The mass is then coated in gram flour batter and deep fried. The resultant fritter is served in a bread bun, accompanied by one or more chutneys.