Vada Pav, or the Indian burger,

Vada Pav, or the Indian burger, is an iconic street food in Mumbai. It is simple to prepare and offers a delicious blend of flavours. Here's how to make Vada Pav at home:


For Vada (potato meatballs):

Four large potatoes, boiled and mashed

1-2 green peppers, finely chopped

Two tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

One tablespoon of oil

Salt to taste

For Dough:

1 cup chickpea flour (besan)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Salt to taste

Water (to make the dough)

For Assembly:

Pav (Indian bread similar to a muffin), cut in half

Green Chutney (coriander and mint)

Garlic chutney or red pepper chutney

Oil for frying


For Vada:

Warm 15 millilitres of oil in a skillet. Introduce the mustard seeds and allow them to pop.

Add chopped green chillies and turmeric. Saute for one minute.

Add the mashed potatoes, chopped cilantro and salt. Mix all together and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.

Shape the potato mixture into round, ping-pong ball-sized shapes.

For Dough:

In a bowl, combine the chickpea flour, turmeric, and salt, and gradually add water to form a batter that is thick enough and thick enough.

For Frying:

Heat the oil in a deep pan.

Dip each potato ball into the batter, ensuring it's completely covered, and then fry them in the hot oil until golden and crispy.

Remove absorbent paper to remove excess oil.


Cut the pav in half, but not all the way, to create a pocket.

Apply green chutney and garlic or red pepper chutney on the inside of each pav.

Place a hot vada between the pav halves.

Serve immediately to keep the vada crisp.

Vada Pav is a fantastic snack, a culinary experience that brings together spicy, sweet and sour tastes, all wrapped in a soft and crunchy texture. It is ideal for a quick lunch or as a snack at any time of the day.

Although a popular street food in India, Vada Pav can also be viewed from the perspective of Ayurveda, a holistic health system from ancient India that focuses on maintaining a balance between mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda encourages eating foods that balance the three doshas (energy constitutions), Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, based on the principles of eating according to constitution type, season, and time of day.

Analysis of Vada Pav in Ayurveda:

Tastes in Vada Pav: Vada Pav combines several flavours – spicy, salty, and slightly sour (from the chutney). Ayurveda states that a balanced diet is essential to balance the six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy and astringent). However, the predominance of spicy and sour flavours can increase Pitta, making Vada Pav less suitable for people with a dominant Pitta constitution during hot times of the year.

Effects on Doshas: Vada (potato patties) can be heavy and slightly oily, aggravating Kapha, while soft bread (Pav) adds to this effect. The spicy ingredients in the chutney can stimulate Pitta, and the airy, dry element of the fries can increase Vata.

Adjusting Vada Pav for Ayurvedic Balance:

Modifications can be implemented to align Vada Pav more closely with Ayurvedic principles:

For Vata: Add less spicy chutney and replace it with a sweet or astringent chutney to counteract Vata's tendency to dry out and become disordered. Also, serving warm is essential to keep Vata in balance.

For Pitta: Limit the amount of spicy chutney and replace it with more relaxed and less acidic chutneys such as mint or coriander-based ones. Avoid frying in excessive oil to reduce the heat and weight of the food.

For Kapha: Add chutneys with stimulating and digestive ingredients like ginger or horseradish to counteract Kapha's heavy and wet nature. Opt for frying the vada in a small amount of oil or baking them as an alternative to deep-frying them to lower the fat content.


Although Vada Pav may not align perfectly with Ayurvedic principles due to its heavy nature and potentially disturbing doshas, minor adjustments in ingredients and preparation can make this snack more balanced. Ayurveda practitioners need to be aware of the effects of food on their constitution and adjust consumption accordingly to maintain or restore doshic balance.