Vada Pav bites, a young and peppier version of the old, not so great looking but very tasteful (read tasty) Vada Pav! Perfect for a party or portion control or just to add some variety in life, these mini vada pav bites will adorn your platters and please both your heart and tummy.

Vada Pav Bites

All I am reading about is about the Royal child who just arrived. Every newspaper, every website and all the news channels have just one thing to report, “the duke and the dutchess of Cambridge welcome their tiny angel into this world”. Ah well, she’s precious! 🙂

Making Bread Baskets

There is this one piece I read on Scary Mommy which stood out and made a quite an impression on me. The post speaks about how Kate managed to look so beautiful and immaculate while she was greeting Media just a mere 10 hours after giving birth.  Melissa wties her views in a very funny tone which managed to keep me laughing and reading out snippets to my husband. But… It got me thinking. Boy! Is that lady beautiful?! And this article is just bang on! Bread bowls

I mean, I am no mom yet but I have read and heard enough to understand how draining childbirth can be. Plus, I am a woman! Duh! So, you know, I get it! That made me realize, as much as every girl dreams of being a princess, dreams of being a queen, not every one of us can handle it! I definitely cannot! Let me tell you.

Vada pav, mumbai style

I dress up all pretty, go to a restaurant, have a sip of water and look down, a small yellow (or red or pink or whatever color) stain on my dress!!! Oh, the horror! The girl on the table next to me would be eating dinosaur wings more elegantly than I can have sip of water? Please! That is just unfair.

 Bread and potato chaat

In short, being a girl who can hardly ever wear white, I have always been reminded by my mom at restaurants, parties and anywhere where there is anything that  I could possibly touch, “Prash!, be careful!” Sigh! Thank heavens, I do not have to pose for the media after grabbing a burger 😀

Tea Time Indian Snacks

Well, Coming to this vada pav recipe, it is pretty straight forward and tastes exactly like its older cousin, the traditional vada pav, except that his comes in a mini size and can be gulped in almost a single bite and of course, you have to admit, it is much pettier looking 🙂 Whether I have an obsession with all food served mini, I really do not know but I think it stems from the fact that I can never manage to eat a burger or vada pav elegantly?!

Vada Pav Bites

So much for being a princess! Well, It at least helps me think of recipes like these mini vada pav bites to get around it 😀 Here is the recipe for:

Mini Vada Pav Bites


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serves: 3-4



    For the potato mixture
  • 1 cup of boiled & mashed potatoes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander-cumin powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder/ cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • For making the fritters
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • Salt to season the flour
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Upto 1 1/4 cup water
  • Oil for deep frying
  • For the Bread Baskets
  • Slices of bread
  • 1 tsp oil (to grease the muffin tin)
  • For assembling the Vada Pav Bites
  • 1/4 cup of tamarind sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of Green Chutney (Recipe here)
  • 1/8 cup garlic/peanut chutney (Recipe here)


  1. Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add cumin seeds, chopped ginger & garlic.
  2. When the garlic & ginger turn golden, add all the spice powders, salt and mashed potatoes.
  3. Mix well and turn the heat off. Add the lime juice and chopped cilantro for garnish.
  4. Once the potato mixture cools down, divide the mixture into 10-12 equal portions and shape them into pin pong sized balls.
  5. Mix the chickpea flour, salt and chili powder. Add water in small quantities & mix well until you make a pancake (or dosa) like batter.
  6. Heat up the oil for frying.
  7. Check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small blob of batter in. The blob of batter sinks and rises up to the top 10 sec. Now, the oil is of the perfect temperature.
  8. Coat each ball with the batter and drop into the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the oil (it brings down the temperature of oil all of a sudden).
  9. When they turn golden, drain them onto some paper towels. Set Aside.
  10. For the bread baskets, cut the bread into a discs using a cutter or just cut the crusts off.
  11. Flatten out the bread discs slightly using a rolling pin.
  12. Grease a muffin pan and set the rolled out bread discs in it as shown in the picture.
  13. Bake at 350°F for 5-7 min or until it gets toasted slightly. We do not want the bread to dry up. It has to be like toast; crispy outer layer but soft.
  14. Once done, Set aside and cool the baskets for 5 minutes.
  15. When you are ready to serve, start assembling the vada pav bites.
  16. Place a little bit of tamarind sauce in the basket (depending on your taste), place the potato fritter on it.
  17. Now, pipe some green chutney on top and sprinkle some spicy garlic chutney.
  18. Elegant, mini vada pav bites are ready to be served.

My Take:

I do not have any additional notes on this recipe. if you have any questions, shoot! I the comments section :)

Yummily Yours'


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  1. Love the idea of bread baskets and the vadas in it..simple pretty and yum. Will surely try this today 🙂

  2. Oh my these look spectacular! my mouth is watering looking at the pictures! Slurp!

  3. Hi, first time here and i am totally hooked. U have great work here.
    This is all i need in UK so called summers 😉
    This looks lip-smacking, beautiful and yummy:) Please pass this to me 🙂

  4. Neha Mehendale

    I know what i am serving at my next dinner party!! 🙂

  5. I wanted to share your receipe of mini vada pav…in my group… can I do it…

  6. omg! this loooks so amazing! i’m gonna try it out tomo!!! thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. I am happy to find your blog, lovely recipes, lovely photos!

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  9. Instead of frying the vadas, can I bake them?

    • No, the nature of chickpea flour batter does not allow it stay over the vadas while baking. If it is the oil you are concerned about, you can use an aebleskiver pan to cook the vadas.

      • thank you! if you have any other indian figerfood recipe that i can bake/ steam instead of frying i would be happy to hear 🙂

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  11. Looks yummy and so elegant. I would like to serve this for my upcoming party. Is this something (entire dish or only the vada’s) we can make a couple of days in advance of the actual party?

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