Vada Pav/ Pao, growing up in Bombay (now Mumbai) was one of my favourite foods. This humble Indian burger is made with a soft and fluffy bread roll A.K.A. Pav/ Pao (here’s my recipe) filled with a spicy potato patty and some peanut & red chilli powder often, garnished with little pieces of red onion. Being hawker food, the spicy potato patty is deep-fried and delicious (as I realized on my most recent trip!).
Trying to recreate this at home, my first change was to either Air Fry or oven bake the patty. As I made my favourite dough recipe for the rolls, I had the potatoes boiled and ready with all the spices. The mashed potato mixture was easy to shape into marble sized balls all ready to bake, when I decided to use the dough to enclosing the potato mixture to make stuffed rolls, for faster cooking! Genius, I’m thinking but I’m sure there are other versions of this “Vada Pav” roll out there 🙂 Happy baking!
Vegan Vada Pao Rolls
Vegan, nut-free and low fat recipe.
- 2 teaspoons Oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds, lightly crushed
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Seed Powder
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 inch Fresh Ginger, minced
- 2 Green Chillies, minced finely
- 8 – 10 Curry Leaves, torn roughly
- 2 medium sized Potatoes, boiled
- Salt, to taste
Heat oil in a deep pan, add the mustard seeds and cover.
- Cook until the seeds pop and then toss in the cumin seeds, coriander seed powder, ginger, curry leaves, green chillies and turmeric powder.
- Add the potatoes and salt and mix together until well combined. Take off the heat and cool before dividing the potato mixture into 12 golf ball sized round portions. Set aside to cool.
- Divide the dough into round balls and flatten to a circle about 5″ wide.
- Put the spicy potato mixture in the centre and gently bring the sides up to seal the dough. Use a drop of water to stick the edges of the dough, if required.
- Place the prepared rolls on a baking tray lined with nonstick paper and cover with a clean tea towel.
- Set aside to rise in a warm place for half an hour.
- In the meanwhile heat the oven on a fan forced setting to 200°C.
- After 30 minutes, remove the tea towel from the rolls and spray with non stick spray.
- Bake in a hot oven at 180°C for 20 – 25 minutes.
- Tastes great warm or, after cooling with a warm drink. Happy baking