Batata Vada

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Batata vada is a fried snack of batter-coated potato stuffed fritter dumplings. Making these take some time but absolutely worth it. I share this lip smacking delicious recipe of Maharashtrian style batata vada with step by step photos. I am sure you will love Indian street food snack.

batata vada recipe

What is Batata Vada

It is a popular Mumbai street food snack. In Marathi language ‘potatoes’ are called as ‘batata’ and ‘vada’ means a ‘fried snack’. Hence the name.

In South India, batata vada is known as Potato bonda. in Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra this snack is called batata vada.

There are a lot of variations in the way the potato stuffing is made. Even in Maharashtra batata vada tastes different in different regions like Pune, nashik, kolhapur etc.

In fact in Mumbai itself it tastes different amongst the different vendors. The taste is different due to the inclusion of different spices in the potato filling. This is the same batata vada that we use in the Vada pav.

These aloo vada are best enjoyed when they are served hot with a spicy green chutney and dry garlic chutney. We also love to have them with masala chai as an evening snack.

Maharashtrian batata vada served in a plate

We always have Batata vada with some fried salted green chilies. This combo of the batata vada and green chilies is a spicy combination and you will like it if you like spicy food.

You can also serve them with some coriander mint chutney or tamarind chutney or even tomato ketchup.

These Potato vada can be also stuffed between buns, bread rolls (pav) or bread and had with some onion or tomato slices or with a combination of Indian chutneys.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Batata Vada

A) pressure cooking potatoes:

1. Rinse and then add 250 grams potatoes or 4 medium potatoes in a 2 litre pressure cooker. Also add 2 cups water.

You can opt to cook the potatoes in a pan on stove top or in an Instant pot. While cooking add enough water just so that it covers them. If cooking in a pan, I recommend to peel and chop them in quarter for faster cooking.

cooking potatoes in a pressure cooker

2. Pressure cook for 7 to 8 minutes on medium flame or for 5 to 6 whistles.

cooking potatoes in a pressure cooker

3. When the pressure falls down on its own, remove the lid. The potatoes have to be cooked well and fork tender. To check if the potatoes have cooked well, slid a knife or fork through the center of the potatoes and it should slid smoothly without any resistance. Remove the potatoes and let them become warm.

cooked potatoes in a pressure cooker

4. When the potatoes become warm, peel and then mash them with a fork or potato masher. Don’t mash too much.

mashing potatoes in a bowl

5. Add 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves and salt as required to the mashed potatoes. Keep aside.

adding coriander leaves and salt to mashed potatoes in the bowl

B) making green chili+garlic+ginger paste

6. In a small grinder take 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped), 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1.5 teaspoons chopped garlic. Adding more green chilies will give a spicy taste to the vadas.

taking green chiliies ginger garlic in a grinder

7. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water and grind to a smooth paste. You can also use a mortar-pestle to crush ginger, garlic and green chilies. No need to add water if crushing in mortar-pestle. Keep aside.

ginger garlic green chilli paste in the grinder

C) tempering

8. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small pan. Use any neutral flavored oil like sunflower oil.

Keep the flame to a low. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle and pop.

mustard seeds in oil

9. When the mustard seeds crackle, then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds. Cumin seeds can be skipped too.

cumin seeds added to mustard seeds in oil

10. Fry for a few seconds till the cumin seeds change color and also crackle. After the cumin seeds crackle, optionally, you can also add 1 medium sized onion (finely chopped) and sauté the onions till translucent. I have not added onions.

frying cumin seeds and mustard seeds in oil

11. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).

turmeric and hing added to oil

12. Quickly give a stir.

stir the spices

13. Now add the ginger+garlic+green chili paste. The paste will splutter, so be careful. Mix and stir.

add the ginger+garlic+green chili paste to oil

14. Then add 6 to 7 curry leaves (chopped).

curry leaves added to mixture

15. Sauté the paste for some seconds on a low flame.

sauteing the paste mixture

16. Sauté for some seconds till the raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.

sauteing the paste mixture for some seconds

Making potato filling

17. Now add the entire sautéed mixture to the mashed potatoes.

add the entire sautéed mixture to the mashed potatoes

18. Mix very well.

mix the potato stuffing mixture

19. Add ¼ teaspoon lemon juice to add some tang to the stuffing.

lemon juice added to potato stuffing mixture

20. Sprinkle ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar. Sugar is optional and can be skipped. Mix very well. Check the taste and add more salt if required.

sugar added to potato stuffing mixture

21. Then make medium sized balls from the potato mixture. Slightly flatten the potato balls as it helps to fry the vadas easily. Keep aside.

make potato stuffing mixture balls

Making batter

22. In another bowl, take 1 cup besan (gram flour), ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder.

TIP 1: In place of besan you can use chickpea flour.
TIP 2: In place of red chilli powder you can use cayenne pepper or paprika.

gram flour and spices in a bowl

23. Then add 1 pinch baking soda and ½ teaspoon salt or add as per taste.

baking soda and salt added to gram flour

24. Add ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon water in parts.

adding water in parts to gram flour mixture

25. Begin to whisk.

whisk the water with gram flour mixture

26. Adding water in parts whisk to a smooth batter. Make a medium thick batter. If the batter looks thin, then you can add some more besan.

Check the taste of the batter and add more salt if needed.

gram flour batter

Frying batata vada

27. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or wok. Keep the flame to medium. Use your preferred oil with a high smoking point and neutral flavor.

heat oil in a pan

28. When the oil becomes hot in the pan, then take ¼ to ½ teaspoon hot oil from the pan and add it to the batter. Mix very well.

Note: Be careful as the oil will be hot and use a long spoon.

¼ to ½ teaspoon hot oil added to batter

29. Check a small portion of batter in the oil and it should come up gradually and steadily on top. Now the oil is ready for frying aloo vada. Keep the flame to medium-low or medium.

frying a tiny batata vada in oil

30. Take a potato vada and dip it in the besan batter.

coating batata vada with batter

31. Gently coat it with the batter evenly all over.

coating batata vada with batter all over

32. Then gently place the batter coated vada in hot oil.

frying batata vada in hot oil

33. Do not overcrowd the kadai. Add vadas depending on the size of the kadai. Fry on medium flame.

frying batata vada in hot oil

34. When one side becomes opaque, firms up, lightly crisp and light golden, turn each vada with a slotted spoon. Continue to fry the second side.

frying and turning batata vada in hot oil

35. When the second side is light golden, turn the batata vadas again.

frying and turning batata vada in hot oil

36. This way turn them a couple of times till they are golden.

almost cooked batata vada in hot oil

37. Remove fried potato vada with a slotted spoon.

batata vada removed using a slotted spoon

38. Place them on kitchen paper towels. This way fry the remaining batches of vadas.

fried batata vada on kitchen paper towels

Frying green chilies

39. In the same oil, fry 2 to 3 green chilies. Do slit each green chili before frying so that they don’t burst in the oil while frying.

frying slit green chillies in hot oil

40. Fry till the green chilies become lightly crisp and faintly golden.

frying slit green chillies in hot oil till faint golden

41. Remove on kitchen paper towels.

green chillies and batata vada on paper towels

42. Once the green chilies become warm, then sprinkle some salt on them. Mix salt with the green chilies.

adding salt on green chillies in paper towels

Serve batata vada hot or warm with the fried salted green chilies, sweet tamarind chutney, coconut chutney and coriander chutney.

You can also serve these delicious batata vadas with pav (dinner rolls) or burger buns or bread. You can also stuff them inside the burger buns or bread slices.

batata vada served with green chillies on a plate

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Batata Vada

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Batata vada is a fried snack of batter-coated potato stuffed fritter dumplings. Making these take some time but absolutely worth it. I share this lip smacking delicious recipe of Maharashtrian style batata vada that you will love.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Cuisine Indian Street Food, Maharashtrian
Course: Snacks
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 12 batata vada
Units

Ingredients

for pressure cooking potatoes

  • 250 grams potatoes or 4 medium potatoes
  • 2 cups water

for ginger-garlic-green chilli paste

  • 1 to 2 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger or 1 inch ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoon chopped garlic or 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water for grinding

for potato filling

  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • salt as required
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar – optional

for tempering potato filling

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves – chopped

for batata vada batter

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • cup + 1 tablespoon water or add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • oil for deep frying, as required

for frying green chilies

  • 2 to 3 green chilies
  • 1 to 2 pinches salt

Instructions

Pressure cooking potatoes

  • Rinse and then add 250 grams potatoes or 4 medium potatoes in a 2 litre pressure cooker. Also add 2 cups water.
  • Pressure cook for 7 to 8 minutes on medium flame or for 5 to 6 whistles.
  • When the pressure falls down on its own, remove the lid. The potatoes have to be cooked well. Remove the potatoes and let them become warm.
  • When the potatoes become warm, peel and mash potatoes with a fork or potato masher. Don’t mash too much.
  • Add 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves and salt as required to the mashed potatoes.

Making green chili+garlic+ginger paste

  • In a small grinder take 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped), 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1.5 teaspoon chopped garlic. Adding more green chilies will give a spicy taste.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water and grind to a smooth paste. 
  • You can also use a mortar-pestle to crush ginger, garlic and green chilies. No need to add water if crushing in mortar-pestle. Keep aside.

For tempering potato filling

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small pan. Keep the flame to a low. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle and pop. Use any neutral flavored oil.
  • When the mustard seeds crackle, then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.
  • Fry for a few seconds till the cumin seeds change color and also crackle.
  • Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 pinch asafoetida. quickly give a stir.
  • Now add the ginger+garlic+green chili paste. The paste will splutter, so be careful. Mix and stir.
  • Then add 6 to 7 curry leaves that have been chopped.
  • Sauté the paste for some seconds on a low flame till the raw aroma of both ginger and garlic goes away.
  • Now add the entire sautéed mixture to the mashed potatoes. mix very well.

Making potato filling

  • Add ¼ teaspoon lemon juice and ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar. 
  • Adding sugar is optional and can be skipped.
  • Mix very well. Check the taste and add more salt if required.
  • Then make medium sized balls from the potato mixture. Slightly flatten the potato balls as it helps to fry the vadas easily. Keep aside.

Making gram flour batter

  • In another bowl, take 1 cup besan (gram flour), ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 pinch baking soda and ½ teaspoon salt or add as per taste.
  • Instead of gram flour you can chickpea flour to make the batter.
  • Add ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon water in parts. begin to whisk.
  • Adding water in parts whisk to a smooth batter. Make a medium thick batter. Keep aside. 

Frying batata vada

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai or wok. Keep the flame to medium. Use your preferred neutral flavored oil with a high smoking point.
  • When the oil becomes hot in the pan, then carefully remove ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the hot oil with a long spoon and add it to the batter. Mix very well.
  • Check a small portion of batter in the oil and it should come up gradually and steadily on top. Now the oil is ready for frying batata vada. Keep the flame to medium-low or medium.
  • Take a potato vada and dip it in the besan batter.
  • Gently coat it with the batter evenly all over. 
  • Then gently place the batter coated potato vada in hot oil.
  • Do not over crowd the kadai. Add them depending on the size of the kadai. Fry on medium flame. 
  • When one side becomes opaque, firms up, lightly crisp and light golden, turn each batata vada with a slotted spoon. Continue to fry the second side.
  • When the second side is light golden, turn them again.
  • This way turn them a couple of times till they are golden. Remove with a slotted spoon draining as much oil as possible.
  • Place them on kitchen paper towels. This way fry the remaining batches of batata vada.

Frying green chilies

  • In the same oil, fry 2 to 3 green chilies. Do slit each green chili before frying so that they don't burst in the hot oil.
  • Fry till the green chilies become lightly crisp. 
  • Remove on kitchen paper towels.
  • Once the green chilies become warm, then sprinkle some salt on them. Mix salt with the green chilies.
  • Serve batata vada hot or warm with the fried salted green chilies, sweet tamarind chutney, coconut chutney and coriander chutney. You can also serve them with pav (dinner rolls) or bread or burger buns.

Notes

  • Approximate nutrition info is for 1 batata vada.
  • The recipe can be doubled and tripled.
  • You can alter the spices as per your taste preferences.
  • The batter consistency is medium thick and flowing. Don’t make the batter thick as the texture becomes doughy. And also don’t make the batter thin or runny as then it does not coat the potata vada and the filling comes out while frying. Moreover the batata vada absorbs a lot of oil making them soggy.
  • Fry them on medium heat. If they are fried in warm oil they will soak a lot of oil. If they are fried in very hot oil then the outer layer of the batter gets browned or burnt leaving the inside layer of the batter uncooked.
 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Batata Vada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 297mg13%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 36IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 6mg30%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Vitamin E 2mg13%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 62µg16%
Iron 3mg17%
Magnesium 6mg2%
Phosphorus 9mg1%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Batata Vada Recipe is from the blog archives (Aug 2009) has been republished and updated on 30 May 2021.

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  1. Tried your batata vada recipe Dassana. Was really yummy. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Will try some of your other recipes.5 stars

    1. thanks marlene for the review and rating on the batata vada recipe. glad to know you liked the recipe. yes, do try some other recipes too. welcome and happy cooking.

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