Healthy Vada Pav

Yummmmm, Vada Pav ! It is now possible to prepare Mumbai’s favourite street food in a healthy form that has less than half the fat and much less calories than the authentic vendor-made version.

This is made possible by modifying the cooking method slightly, avoiding deep-frying, and replacing the refined flour Laddi Pav with a wholesome whole wheat one.

Now you can relish Healthy Vada Pav with much less guilt. Just take care to serve immediately to preserve the texture of the vadas and enjoy them occasionally.

A glass of Kokum Sherbet or Piyush is very refreshing after snacking on vada pavs.

Healthy Vada Pav

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Healthy Vada Pav recipe - How to make Healthy Vada Pav

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 vada pavs
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For The Vadas
1 1/2 cups boiled , peeled and mashed potatoes
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
5 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
1/2 tbsp finely chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies
1/2 tbsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
a pinch of turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 tsp oil for cooking

To Be Mixed Together Into A Batter (for The Vadas)
3/4 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
salt to taste
a pinch of turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 cup water

For Serving
4 whole wheat laddi pavs
sukhi lehsun ki chutney

For the vadas

    For the vadas
  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the ginger, green chillies and garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few more seconds.
  4. Add the potatoes, salt and turmeric powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the coriander and mix well.
  6. Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool.
  7. Divide it into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into a round, flat vada.
  8. Dip each vada in the batter and place them in a hot broad non-stick pan.
  9. Cover with a lid and cook on a slow flame for 3 to 4 minutes, using ? tsp of oil per vada.
  10. Turn upside down, cover again and cook on a slow flame for another 3 to 4 minutes or till they turn golden brown in colour. Keep aside.

How to serve

    How to serve
  1. Slit a pav horizontally, apply a little sukhi lehsun ki chutney on the inner sides of the pav and stuff with a hot vada.
  2. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more vada pavs.
  3. Serve immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per vada pav
Energy176 cal
Protein7 g
Carbohydrates26.3 g
Fiber5.4 g
Fat4.8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium27.2 mg


Healthy Vada Pav
 on 18 Jul 20 05:07 PM

excellant and easy to make
Tarla Dalal
19 Jul 20 03:24 PM
   Naresh, thanks for the feedback !!! keep reviewing recipes you loved.
Healthy Vada Pav
 on 22 Jun 19 11:26 AM

I can''t have besan atta. so what alternate flour I can use?
Tarla Dalal
24 Jun 19 04:03 PM You can refer this link and instead of mexican stuffing add the potato mixture. Because there is no substitute to besan flour. or you can make tikkis out of potato mixture and shallow fry them on a non stick pan and have it.
Healthy Vada Pav
 on 22 May 19 08:58 PM

Healthy Vada Pav
 on 07 May 19 11:16 AM

Can we have the recipe video?Thanks
Tarla Dalal
08 May 19 09:01 AM
   Hi Uma, Thank you for your suggestion.
Healthy Vada Pav
 on 09 Dec 18 06:05 PM

Healthy Vada Pav
 on 03 Oct 17 07:50 PM

Yummy tummy with less fat. Kids loved Couldn’t find d difference between fried and this one
Tarla Dalal
04 Oct 17 12:14 PM
   Shama, great to know you are giving healthier options to your kids and thanks for the feedback. Keep cooking and enjoy it.
Healthy Vada Pav
 on 16 Jun 17 05:22 PM

Loved the recipe. easy and tasty snack loved by all.
Healthy Vada Pav
 on 30 Aug 16 05:51 AM

Tarla Dalal
30 Aug 16 09:16 AM
   Hi Savita , we are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
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