Sunday, August 24, 2008

Batata Wada for Anita's Party!

My blog quietly turned two in July, I was excited but I could not celebrate that special day, being Mommy is a 25 hr job! Oh well, I'm just glad that I can post something... as and when I can. So when I saw Anita's invitation, I knew, this was one party I did not want to miss!

And it was a while since I had made these! Deep frying though very gratifying to the tongue is a disaster for my waist! I am one of those unfortunate beings who magically manage to gain weight by just looking at stuff, I kid you not!

Apart form being the sole means of nutrition for 2 solid years of MBA, Batata wada, for me, is anytime food.. think picnics, guests for tea, kitty party, a savoury served on the side at a dinner, at movies, rains and hot wada-pav!

Torrential rains and Wada Pav is my favourite combo! I love the rainy season in Mumbai (except when the streets are waterlogged and life is disrupted for days) perfect time for a walk in the rain, get soaking wet, stroll to the nearest wada pav stall ( eat this snack on the roadside, restaurants do serve it on their menu, but it can NEVER taste half as good) and devour this awesome snack, standing under the awning .. with a cuppa ' cutting chai'. Warms the cockles of your heart and completely satisfies the taste buds!
For the Wadas you need:

4 Boiled Potatoes
1 tbsp. Oil for tempering
1/2 spn. Mustard seeds
4 Green chilies chopped ( +/ - according to individual taste)
A few curry leaves, torn to pieces
1/2 spn. Turmeric
3-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 inch piece Ginger grated
Salt to taste
1-2 spns. finely chopped Cilantro

For Covering : (No measures here, I use approximates)

Besan / Chickpea flour
Red chilly pwd.
Salt (only so much that the covering does not taste bland)
Pinch baking soda (optional)
Water to make a batter
Oil for deep frying

Mash the boiled potatoes.In a kadhai, heat 1 tbsp. oil, add mustard seeds,after they sputter, add green chilies and curry leaves, ginger-garlic, turmeric. Saute a while. Add mashed potatoes, salt. Add chopped cilantro.

To make the batter for covering, mix all ingredients listed above. Mix well to ensure that there are no lumps. Careful with the water, the batter mustn't be too runny nor too thick.Heat oil in a kadhai. Make balls of the potato vege. Dip the ball in the batter and deep fry in oil till it turns a nice golden brown. Drain on a tissue.Serve hot with garlic chutney, fries green chilly and Pav.

I served these with green chutney -Grind together 1 bunch Cilantro, 5 Green chilies, 1/2 inch Ginger, 1 small clove Garlic, Salt to taste , juice of 1/2 lime

And Sweet n Sour Tamarind Chutney : (I used approximately) Lime sized ball of Tamarind soaked in hot water for about 15-20 mins., Jaggery twice the amount of Tamarind , 1/4 tsp. red chilli powder, Salt to taste, 1/4 tsp. cumin powder
Squeeze out the tamarind pulp, discard solids. Heat a saucepan, add all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for about 10 mins. till it thickens to the desired consistency. Cool and serve with wada-pav.

Typically Wada Pav is served with dry Garlic / Lasun Chutney

This wada pav is my contribution to Anita's Party! Do you have your platter ready??

* On a different note... the Husband gifted me a Nikon DSLR as a pregnancy + birthday gift!! I was very confused when I was asked to choose a model and so I asked the experts. Thank You Bee and Jai!!I am yet to learn everything but as of now I am just going crazy clicking Little S!!! and in between took a hasty shot of the wada pav and back to S!!!

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  1. look deliciuos,..lookin at pic,..feel like preparin again...

  2. The vada looks great and my hubby too gifted me a nikon SLR.How interesting.

  3. Really nice vadas Manasi! Love th pictue as well..I need to get one of those cameras as well.

  4. I pav and bondas seperately but never tried them together. Got to try them once..

  5. Thanks for making time for the Party, Manasi! Great looking wada-pav!
    Enjoy your camera!

  6. nice to see you posting again, dear manasi.

  7. Delicious post.... I have been lurking arnd your blog for a while now but figured its time I left a comment on your wonderful blog :-)

  8. yummy.. looks so good.. i am having besan flour which is coarse.. im wondering whether i can make with it :)

  9. The wadas look absolutely mouth watering!
    Congrats on your new camera!

  10. they are soooo good lookin and mouth watering. too good.

  11. Yeo! The batata vada. There is nothing to beat it as a local breakfast and snack, especially when u are on a move. when i use to go to VT and Churchgate (Mumbai) my only snacks were BATATA WADA

  12. Great looking wadas but I am surprised you are allowed to eat that! Usually there are so many restrictions on your food at this time :)
    Enjoy the new camera!

  13. This has to be one of the best foods ever invented. It looks delicious.

  14. Manasi...those vadas look oh so tempting! It's raining like crazy here, I think that's what I am making tonight as a side ;)

    I have added you to my blogroll, is that okay with you?

  15. Batata wada looks delicious. Vada pav is my favorite and you are making me hungry!!

    Thanks for the link.


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