Batata Vada ~ Maharashtrian Potato Patties



I am usually very prompt with my challenge posts. If something is declared, I like to finish off and be ready at the earliest, so that I don’t feel stressed. Keeping things last minute gets me in a panic attack, and I personally do not enjoy that feeling. Sometimes, I really admire bloggers who are able to do things at the last minute – cooking, clicking and blogging! I simply can’t do it! I like to be more organized so that I have peace of mind. But that wasn’t the case with the post foPinr today.


This month, I decided to participate in the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge and the state from where we are cooking is Maharashtra. Even though I am not very sure of the cuisine, I volunteered in. Only while searching I realized that Amras puri, Shrikand and Piyush were all Maharasthrian specials – so much so for my food knowledge! I have a habit, if I love the food, I don’t go to see from where it comes. I simply eat it. πŸ˜‰ How many of you like me? πŸ˜€


I was paired with Kalyani, who blogs at Sizzling Tastebuds, and she happens to be a Maharashtrian! She is a seasoned blogger and one among the first bunch of people I followed when the cooking bud had hit me. πŸ™‚ We both decided that we will keep the ingredients mutual for both of us, so we selected besan aka chickpea flour and garlic as our secret ingredients. After a lot of researching on Google and asking a lot of questions to Kalyani – who was really sweet to patiently respond to me – I finalized on making the Batata Vada. It is a famous street food in Mumbai, which is very similar to our Urulakizhangu Bonda – it literally is the same, just that it is a Malayalam translation! πŸ™‚ It had been long since I had deep fried something and the climate is getting pleasant, so it was a good time to try this dish as well!




I pressured cooked the potatoes and kept it in my fridge the week before, thinking I would make it during the long weekend. But it just didn’t happen and I have no reason for it. This weekend, when I was sitting bored in the afternoon, the boiled potatoes came to my mind. The next thing I did was run into the kitchen and get making it before the sun runs away! It starts getting dark after 5 pm and it gets tougher to click. It was a total mad rush. Actually speaking, the vadas you see here are the good looking ones I could savage. My iron kadai kept driving me mad by making the vada stick to the bottom. πŸ™ Yeah, it clearly needs some pampering…


As expected, my girls didn’t seem to enjoy it much. Rasha dunk one into ketchup and had it, but Azza didn’t even look at it. HD fished out a couple of good looking ones and happily enjoyed them with the green chutney. At least, he enjoyed them! The next day, I had to pack the girls’ tiffin for their madrassa, so the leftovers were crushed, and stuffed into bread with some mayonnaise and ketchup. πŸ˜‰ Rasha came stomping into the kitchen after coming back asking, “Ummi, why did you put that potato into bread?” “Why, didn’t it taste good?” “O yeah, it did…” and then she walked back. Kids can behave really strangely… hehe…


Apart from being eaten as is with some chutney, or with a spicy powder or even fried green chillies, these are also stuffed into pavs or soft buns/ rolls and served as “Vada Pavs“, so cleverly called as “Bombay Burger” due to its shape. So I heave some relief that the post is done, leaving you all with this super simple recipe… Oh yes, and do check out what Kalyani made with the same set of ingredients… πŸ™‚




It wouldn’t be fair moving on with the post, without a mention of this beautiful board, hand made by lovely Huma. I was really wondering how it would look, but I am super amazed at how pretty the clicks have turned out, thanks to the board. It has another side too which will appear pretty soon on the blog! I don’t know which side is my favorite, but surely this board will keep appearing in my future clicks. πŸ™‚


5 from 7 votes

Batata Vada ~ Maharashtrian Potato Patties

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 400 gm potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 inch pc ginger
  • 3 pods garlic
  • 2 green chilies
  • A pinch of hing
  • 1 sprig curry leaves minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour besan
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required to make thick paste


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Splutter the mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Crush the ginger, garlic and green chillies in a mortar. Add to the oil and saute briefly.
  • Add the hing and curry leaves and saute.
  • Add in the mashed potatoes and salt. Toss to combine well. Switch off. Mix in the coriander leaves.
  • Divide the mixture into 10 balls.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the coating and add water to make a thick mixture.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan till smoking hot. When you drop in a little of the batter, it will sizzle up.
  • Drop in one ball into the batter, coat all around. Drop into the hot oil. Fry in small batches till browned.
  • Drain onto a kitchen towel. Repeat till all completed.
  • Serve hot with green chutney and tamarind chutney, or with ketchup.


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  1. I would enjoy these too! Crunchy yet tender…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. Happy to know you liked the board. And bonda click on it has come out very nicely too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Huma…

  3. Ahh.. so this is what you were telling in insta last weekend.. those vadas look awesome.. only if I were living near you then would have finished them off when the kids rejected 😁

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Ah yes! I wish you were around, I would have happily shared it with you… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Chitra…

  4. Vada looks yummy. Want to grab some from the photo itself

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Poornima…

  5. These are my favourite too… Haven’t made them lately… Your post had been driving me go make it ASAP…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amina…

  6. Oh, my! I’m drooling! The batata vada looks so awesome – I want one!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  7. 5 stars

    Vada is one snack that the whole family just cannot get enough of but lately I don’t make too many fried food. I’m so tempted to make them as soon as possible. Love the beautiful board.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even it was after ages I had deep fried too! Thank you so much Mayuri…

  8. 5 stars

    Batata vada looks tempting dear. I can relate to what you have written, kids behave so strangely at times. I would love this vada’s with some hot tea.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… we can’t do anything about it, can we? Thank you so much Renu…

  9. loved reading that you enjoyed making it Rafeeda ! It was so much fun working with the same set of ingredients, yet coming up with totally different dishes / courses. the batata vada looks srcumptious and I bet your child loved that aaloo patty as a burger than its original form !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kalyani… I have to thank you for the idea of keeping the ingredients the same for both of us…

  10. My all time favorite n King of snacks I can say, I love to grab whole plate of piping hot vadas.. Slurp

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Prathima…

  11. None at home will say no to this batata vada, we just love to munch these deep fried beauties even without any side dish. You are tempting me to make some soon. Prefect evening snacks to enjoy with a cup of tea.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka… totally agree with you!

  12. Irresistible snack .. I simply love it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Shobhaji…

  13. Rafee, one thing I can say, we are very similar. I hate last minute planning and hate the rush especially when writing a recipe. As far as the batata vada is concerned, this certainly made me all excited when I saw on the group. Being born and born in Mumbai, I have been having these since a kid and cannot ever get bored of it. In fact, I miss it so much on my travels that I start craving for it. Hopefully, someday I get to treat you with a good bombay style vada pao. Loved the effort in making something so special from the cuisine.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe, can I hug you? I have to be at ease by the time it is day for posting, otherwise I feel totally off! Thank you so much Vidya…

  14. 5 stars

    how I love batata vadas! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.. just perfect πŸ™‚ When I was in college, I had vada pav as a meal on many days! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ashima… πŸ™‚

  15. I would have gobbled up even the “ruined” batata vadas. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    One tip for the iron kadai that has worked for me, when stuff sticks to the bottom wait patiently and let them fry a bit. Then (in most cases) you can dislodge the stuff easily. Sticking happens with old kadais also.

    Did you know that those fried bits of batter that fall off the vada as it is frying are salvaged and used to make a chutney?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… I am sure the ruined ones were even more delicious as I ended up burning the skin and I love charred stuff. Hehe… Thank you so much for the tips, my kadai is quite old, in fact I am sure it must be at least 30 years old, umma used to use it… That chutney with the batter sounds totally delicious… I should have done that with the remaining batter then… Thanks a lot Aruna for your detailed comment…

  16. 5 stars
    Omg ! Amazing vadas. My favourite food. Vada pav is my best meal.
    I think like you I prefer to do my job ahead but when it comes to writing and editing my pics I lag behind. Then there is some emergency that puts my post in the background yet again.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I totally get you, if we don’t set a time frame, nothing tends to finish… Thanks a lot Archana…

  17. Batata vada looks super tempting. Now I have to make it soon. Your picture tempted me to try. You are right sometimes kids behave strangely πŸ˜€

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujataji… πŸ˜€

  18. 5 stars

    As you have mentioned, this is just like we make urulakizhanju bonda. I just love to eat them as it is without any ketup or chutneys. Bonda looks delicious and the board looks good as well

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anu…

  19. Batata Vada was my favorite……It will be a perfect accompainment with tea…….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharanya…

  20. Batata Wada are one of the favourites at home. Used to make it regularly earlier, but of late not done much.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  21. 5 stars
    oooh….drooling here. Vada looks so perfect

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  22. One of my fav snack and feel like having with hot coffee…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  23. 5 stars
    Loved reading through your post Rafeeda. The board is beautiful and the Vadas look perfectly done. Feel like grabbing that plate right from the screen.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Poonam…

  24. Enjoyed reading about your adventures with the batata vada, Rafeeda! Kids can be so nerve wracking sometimes, you never know what they will love and what they will take an absolute dislike to! The batata vadas look scrumptious and the board is great too. Need to check it out for myself!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sujata…

  25. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram says:

    Batata vadaaaaa, love the clicks, Rasheeda. super cool board, even more exciting vadas kept ready. feel like grabbing them.

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