King of Street Food – Vada Pav
Move over sandwiches and burgers, at least in Mumbai and most of Maharashtra, Vada Pav is THE king of street food.The piping hot potato vadas wrapped in ‘not-too-thick not-too-thin’ besan flour and deep-fried to golden perfection. The vadas are then straddled in a typical indian pav – not sweet at all like its American counterpart: the dinner roll or sour like a sourdough – and liberally doused in garlic chutney.
Depending on how hot you like, fried green chilli peppers complete the combo.
This is almost always one of the first things we try outside of ‘maa ke haath ka khana’ when we travel to Mumbai. Everyone has their favorite vada pav joints and over the years we have tried most of them – be it in Mumbai, Panvel, Lonavala or Pune. Two places stand out for us – one is Datta Vada Pav in Panvel (yes, we drive all the way to Panvel!) and other is Golden chikki in Lonavala.
If you are hungry and looking for a quick bite, this satisfies the need. In Mumbai, you can get vada pav at any street corner. Unlike Hyderabad where you have to scout for one. Vada pav factory next to Madhapur petrol pump has a fairly good vada pav. Delhiwala and Bikanerwala have a north Indian style vada pav– which is also pretty good.
Its raining here in Hyderabad thanks to cyclone Nilam . It’s the perfect weather to enjoy a vada pav. As is the Fall in US. So go on, have one in Mayuri ( Redmond folks) or make one at home. There is no excuse not have one this weekend!