Batata Vada, (Mumbai Style Aloo Bonda]

Batata Vada, (Mumbai Style Aloo Bonda), is a popular Mumbai Street Food.
Ginger, Green chilli and garlic flavoured potato Balls dipped in besan ,deep fried in oil. 
They are so crispy and yummy.

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Complexity: Easy


For batter:

  • Gram flour -1.5 cup
  • Corn flour – 1tbsp [ optional]
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Baking Salt / Bi Carbonate of Soda -1 pinch [ optional]
  • Oil
Ingredients for Filling: 
  • Boiled Potatoes – 5
  • Green chillies – 5-6
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic Cloves – 8 -10
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2tbsp
  • Salt
  • Oil – 1tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seed
  • Curry Leaves
  • Asafoetida [hing] – 1/4 tsp


Filling of the vada.

  1. Take the green chillies, ginger and garlic cloves in a mixer and grind it to a nice paste. This is the spice mix for our filling.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and Cumin seed. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add curry leaves and hing and fry for few seconds. Then add the ground ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and saute it for couple of minutes in medium flame.
  3. I have already boiled the potatoes and mashed it coarsely and kept it aside. Add these coarsely mashed potatoes to the pan and mix well
  4. Then add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. To the pan, then add finely chopped coriander leaves and mix everything well.
  5. Our Potato filling is ready. Allow the filling to come to room temperature and make lemon sized balls out of the filling and set it aside

For Batter:

  1. Now, lets prepare out batter. In a mixing bowl, add besan flour, corn flour[ optional] and turmeric powder and mix well. Then add red chilli powder and salt and mix well.
  2. Then add water little by little and mix well and make it like a bajji batter
  3. The batter should not be too thick or too thin.
  4. Heat oil in a pan.
  5. Just before you fry the Balls, add a pinch of Bi Carbonate of Soda and a tablespoon of hot oil and mix everything well.
  6. Adding soda salt should be at last, just before frying the batata vada.
  7. Add each Balls to the vada batter and nicely coat then with the batter using a fork. Fork will help to have a nice coating than using our hand. Then using the fork itself, gently drop each coated dumplings in the hot oil and fry them
  8. Flip the batata vada on other side and fry them in medium flame till they are crispy and turn golden brown outside.
  9. Remove the fried batata vada from oil and place them in paper towel to drain excess oil
  10. Yummy and Crispy Batata Vada is now ready to serve!
  11. Serve batata Vada with some corinder mint chutney
  12. And you can make vada pav also using green chutney, sweet chutney , garlic chutney


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