Recipe: Vada Pav Burger

This burger is basically inspired by vada pav which is a kind of dreamy street food that is carbs (potatoes) on carbs (bread) with spicy chilies. You can use whatever bun you like, traditionally it’s made in something more like a parker house roll. You can also pick and choose your own toppings though I kept it really simple and went for cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a ketchup-mayo mix for a sauce but feel free to experiment!

Vada Pav Burger

AuthorMabDifficultyIntermediate

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time20 mins

Ingredients
 500 g potatoes, boiled and mashed and cooled
 1 small onion, finely diced
 1 green chili, finely diced
 0.50 tsp each: turmeric, cumin, ginger, salt, amchoor
 asafetida
Batter
 100 g gram flour
 2 g baking powder
 salt and pepper
 0.50 tsp kashmiri pepper
 enough water to make a batter
 oil, for frying
Burger
 4 burger buns
 3 large tomatoes, sliced
 100 g lettuce or baby spinach
 4 slices of cheese
 burger sauce of your choice

Directions
1

In a fry pan heat 1 or 2 tsp of cooking and quickly fry the onions and chilies for 1-2 minutes until they start to color slightly. Add the spices and let cook for another 20-30 second just until they smell fragrant.

2

Mix the batter by whisking together all the batter ingredients in a bowl and adding just enough water to make a thick batter.

3

Mix the spice mixture into the mashed potatoes, then divide into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball and then flatten slightly into a patty shape and then dip the patties into the batter to coat completely.

4

Add just enough oil to the frying pan to shallow fry (about 2-3 cm) and let come to temperature (you can test if it's ready by placing a small dot of batter in and if it floats right to the top and sizzles it's ready for frying), then fry the coated patty in the oil for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Set aside on a paper towel to drain slightly.

5

Assemble your burger. I coated the bun with sauce, then put a slice of cheese on the bottom, the potato patty, tomatoes, and lettuce but feel free to play around.

Adapted from Cooking With Sapana

Ingredients

Ingredients
 500 g potatoes, boiled and mashed and cooled
 1 small onion, finely diced
 1 green chili, finely diced
 0.50 tsp each: turmeric, cumin, ginger, salt, amchoor
 asafetida
Batter
 100 g gram flour
 2 g baking powder
 salt and pepper
 0.50 tsp kashmiri pepper
 enough water to make a batter
 oil, for frying
Burger
 4 burger buns
 3 large tomatoes, sliced
 100 g lettuce or baby spinach
 4 slices of cheese
 burger sauce of your choice

Directions

Directions
1

In a fry pan heat 1 or 2 tsp of cooking and quickly fry the onions and chilies for 1-2 minutes until they start to color slightly. Add the spices and let cook for another 20-30 second just until they smell fragrant.

2

Mix the batter by whisking together all the batter ingredients in a bowl and adding just enough water to make a thick batter.

3

Mix the spice mixture into the mashed potatoes, then divide into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball and then flatten slightly into a patty shape and then dip the patties into the batter to coat completely.

4

Add just enough oil to the frying pan to shallow fry (about 2-3 cm) and let come to temperature (you can test if it's ready by placing a small dot of batter in and if it floats right to the top and sizzles it's ready for frying), then fry the coated patty in the oil for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Set aside on a paper towel to drain slightly.

5

Assemble your burger. I coated the bun with sauce, then put a slice of cheese on the bottom, the potato patty, tomatoes, and lettuce but feel free to play around.

Vada Pav Burger

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