Batata Vada is a popular Indian vegetarian fast food in Maharashtra, India. It literally means potato fritters. The name “Batata” means potato in English. It consists of a potato mash patty coated with chick pea flour, then deep-fried and served hot with savory condiments called chutney.Serves it like a snack with tea or coffee .
Although Maharashtrian in origin, Batata Vada is gaining popularity in the rest of India as well.
The potato filling and the batter used to coat the filling are the only two components of batata vada(aalu vada).Batata vada is typically served very hot with green chillies and chutneys of various types. The most common way to eat it though is in form of Vada pav.
For the filling:
3 Boiled meshed Potatoes
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 mustered seeds
1/2 tbs dry mango powder or lemon juice
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves
1/4 tsp finely chopped Ginger
1-2 finely chopped green chilli
Pinch of asafoetida
Salt to taste
For the covering
1 1/2 cup Besan (Bengal Gram Flour)
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
Pinch of Turmeric Powder
salt to taste
chopped green coriander leaves
1/4 tsp Ajwain (carom seeds)
Oil for frying.
Take a heated pan , put the oil ,asafoetida
add cumin seeds , mustered seeds fennel seeds , green chilli , ginger turmeric powder . When the seeds crackle add Meshed boiled potatoes, Mix it and cook for 4-5 min at medium flame.
Note :- You can add chopped onions, saute for a couple of minutes till onions are soft and light golden color.
Now add salt , red chilli powder (optional), dry mango powder , Pinch of garam masala mix it and cook for 2-3 min
Add chopped green coriander leaves .and mix it now stuffing is ready to filling . Keep a side for cooling
Allow the potato mixture cool down and divide the mixture into 8 portions, shape into round balls and keep aside.
Now take a medium size bowl and add gram flour , salt , garam masala , ajwain ,1 Pinch Turmeric Powder
chopped green coriander leaves ,Mix all the ingredients for the covering and add enough water to prepare a thick batter
Dip the potatoes ball in this batter . Cover it with batter . make sure the potaoes balls are well coated with the batter and gently drop them into hot oil.
Fry in hot oil till it is golden in color. fry it at medium flame.Once pakoras become golden brown with the spatula take them out from the oil and place them on the plate over paper towel so that excess oil is absorbed.
Now the crispy and spicy aalu vada is ready to eat !!!!!!
Serve hot with tamarind chutney and green chilli chutney or tomato chutney , or tomato sauces .