Vada pav

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Vada pav
Jumbo Vada Pav.jpg
Type Snack
Place of origin India
Region or state Maharashtra
Main ingredients Deep-fried mashed potato patties, chili peppers, ginger
Cookbook:Vada pav  Vada pav

Vada pav (Marathi: वडा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav or vada paav or vada pao, is a popular vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. 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.


A typical Vada Pav

Vada Pav is typically served with a chutney (sauce) which is made out of shredded coconut, tamarind pulp and garlic.[1]

This dish was initially a cheap meal for the poor. But, due to its taste, it has become so popular that many sophisticated hotels have also started dishing it out, that too at high prices. However, Vada Pav is still regarded as a humble dish and many people have it for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.

Indian street food[edit]

It has become a hugely popular street food all over India, sold by roadside vendors and even some brick-and-mortar shops, although it has its origin in Maharashtra, Mumbai to be precise. The first Vada Pav was sold in Dadar, Mumbai around 1970.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Williams, James. "Vada Pav Chutney". 

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