Garlic Chutney Vada Pav

The classic Mumbai street food made at home and served with spicy, tangy garlic chutney

Mumbai is as famous for its glitz and glamour as it is for its street food. We bring to you one of the most popular street foods in India that has its authentic flavour intact. And for that extra zing, the easy street food recipe is accompanied with spicy and piquant chutney made from garlic and coconut. Vada Pav is often referred to as Indian burger or Bombay burger because it hails from Maharashtra or Marathi cuisine. Generally, it is served as an evening snack, but can also be adapted to breakfast or anytime snack. 

Vada Pav - The vada pav recipe is one of the easiest street food recipes to make and assemble. The critical part of any good vada pav recipe lies in its crispy and savoury vada or batata vada. These patties are slightly different from the traditional aloo bonda or vegetable bonda. Basically, the batata vada stuffing is made up of potatoes without onion or peas combination. Also, it contains a robust flavour of garlic, ginger and coriander leaves. Moreover, the patties are typically oval shaped as compared to round bondas. Having said that, it's not mandatory, you can always play with the shape.

Garlic Chutney - In this chutney both the flavours of desiccated coconut and garlic are felt distinctly. Generally while making garlic chutney, everything is mixed and then pounded to a coarse dry mixture. Here we don’t mix and make the chutney. This garlic chutney is sprinkled within the filling of Vada pav, kanda bhajji pav, samosa pav & batata bhajji pav. Sometimes you can  even sprinkle this chutney on toasted buttered bread or have it with khichdi or varan-bhaat. You can even use this garlic coconut chutney as a side condiment with snacks like batata vada, onion pakoda, potato pakoda, bread pakora or any pakoda snack.

What is so special about Vada Pav ?
Filling, tasty, fun & easy to eat!
No wonder this snack is a staple of Mumbai but has become popular in other parts of India as well. You will find a number of vendors on every chaupati and society corner selling this bread and batata vada sandwich style desi burger.Because of its size and easy availability, people snack on vada pav throughout the day, though they are especially popular for breakfast.“It’s carb, on carb, on carb ! Therefore it gives you energy for the entire day.


  1. Red Chilli powder - 3 tbsp
  2. Chat Masala - 1 tbsp
  3. Black pepper - tsp
  4. Fried chopped garlic - 6-7 gloves
  5. Lemon Juice - 20ml
  6. Powdered sugar - 1 tsp
  7. Ghee - 1 tbsp
  8. Chopped Ginger - 1 tbsp
  9. Chopped green chilli - 1 tsp
  10. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  11. Turmeric powder - 2 tsp
  12. Salt - 2 tsp
  13. Boiled grated potatoes - 2
  14. Chopped coriander
  15. Besan - 1 cup
  16. Water


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Step by step recipe 

1) Start with washing the potatoes and boiling them.

2) While the potatoes are boiling, start preparing the garlic chutney by combining 1 tbsp of red chilli powder, chaat masala, black pepper, lemon juice, powdered sugar and fried chopped garlic. Mix it all, this will form a thick paste that is super spicy and tangy.
Garlic Chutney Vada Pav

3) Once the chutney is done, make the tempering for the vada. Heat the saute pan and pour in the ghee, add in the chopped ginger, chopped green chilli and mustard seeds and stir till they start popping.
Dry Garlic Chutney for Vada Pav

4) Add in the salt, 1 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of red chilli powder and then add in the grated boiled potatoes. Combine it all to get a bright yellow potato mixture.

5) Cool the mixture, and then make small balls with the potato mixture.
Dry Garlic Chutney recipe - How to make Dry Garlic

6) In a wide round bowl, add the besan, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp red chili and some salt and whisk while adding water to form a thick flowy batter like that of a cake.
Vada Pav Chutney Recipe

7) Heat oil for deep frying, now one by one dip the potato balls in the batter and deep fry till crispy.
Vada Pav Spicy Dry garlic Chutney

8) Slice open the pavs and toast them with some butter.

9) Construct the vada pav by applying some mint sauce on the base, crushing a potato vada on top and topping it with the homemade garlic chutney from before. Garnish with an onion ring and fried chili and serve.
Vada Pav With Dry Coconut-Garlic Chutney

Expert tip
  1. Make the batata vada crispy. This will add a crunchy flavor to the vada pav.
  2. The garlic chutney should be spicy and tangy in taste.


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