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|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Maharashtra|
|Main ingredient(s)||Deep-fried mashed potato patties, chili peppers, ginger|
Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav or Vada Paav, is a popular spicy vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between 2 slices of a pav. The compound word batata vada refers in Marathi to a vada (fritter) made out of batata, the latter referring to a potato. Pav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. It is also known as Indian Burger.
Finely cut green chilies and ginger and a phodani (tempering) of mustard seeds, turmeric and salt are added to a mash of boiled potatoes, and after dipping patties of the mash in an herb-seasoned batter of gram flour, the patties are deep-fried.
Variations of the above basic dish include "cheese vada pav" (where slices of cheese are added); there is "schezwan vada pav" (where the pav is layered with schezwan sauce); "samosa pav" (where a samosa is used instead of a vada); and "Jain vada pav" (where vada ingredients do not include onions, garlic and potatoes). Vada pav served in the nearby state of Gujarat is usually fried in butter or edible oil. The pav is first fried in a mixture of butter or oil and dried red chili powder. After that the chutney is applied in the hot fried pav and the vada is placed in between. This is the only difference between vada pav in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In the state of Gujarat, the original un-fried vada pav recipe is referred to as "Bombay vada pav".
This dish was initially started as the most cheapest form of a meal for low income group, but due to its taste, this dish became so popular that many sophisticated hotels also have started dishing out this dish at extra cost. However, this dish is still regarded as a humble dish, and many people have it at breakfast, lunch or even dinner as well.
Private food chains 
Private food chains have started selling vada pavs. Jumbo King Foods Pvt. Ltd. is known to be India's largest selling vada pav. Ashok Wada Pav near Kirti College, Dadar is a very famous vendor in Mumbai. The vada pav that this stall serves is piping hot with green chutney & tamarind jaggery chutney. Goli Vada Pav, a chain of 'quick service restaurants’, is famous for its vada pav especially the ones with varied At one of the numerous Jumbo King outlets across the city, you can eat vada pav in a range of flavors for just 7 rupees (about 14 cents at 50 rupees to the dollar). Jumbo King aims to be the McDonald’s of street snacks, and the uniformly wrapped vada pavs are served by plastic-gloved dispensers from gleaming steel fryers, with optional spicy chutney and garlic toppings.
Gajanan Vada Pao centre and Durga in Thane is well known. Joshi Vadevale is one of the popular vada pav chains in Pune, but most famous among the locales is a particular street joint named JJ Garden Vada Pav. Shiv-Vada is also a popular vada pav chain.In the city of wine Nashik, vada pav is very popular in all people basically in the Old Cidco area Jayant Samosa & Wadapav center.In the city of Kalyan, The Ambar Vadapav situated in Karnik Road is famous. Many street corner cart vendors are spread across all small & big cities and towns. Many have developed their own customer following.
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Indian Street Food 
Batata vada is synonymous with the south Indian Potato Bonda.Vada Pav / Wada Pav is the Indianized burger. Crispy vada sandwiched between soft buns with spicy garlic/ mint/ coriander chutney. It’s a hugely popular street food in India and has its origins in the state of Maharashtra.
See also 
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