Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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)
Heat oil in a pan. Once hot, add cumin seeds, chopped ginger & garlic.
When the garlic & ginger turn golden, add all the spice powders, salt and mashed potatoes.
Mix well and turn the heat off. Add the lime juice and chopped cilantro for garnish.
Once the potato mixture cools down, divide the mixture into 10-12 equal portions and shape them into pin pong sized balls.
Mix the chickpea flour, salt and chili powder. Add water in small quantities & mix well until you make a pancake (or dosa) like batter.
Heat up the oil for frying.
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.
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).
When they turn golden, drain them onto some paper towels. Set Aside.
For the bread baskets, cut the bread into a discs using a cutter or just cut the crusts off.
Flatten out the bread discs slightly using a rolling pin.
Grease a muffin pan and set the rolled out bread discs in it as shown in the picture.
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.
Once done, Set aside and cool the baskets for 5 minutes.
When you are ready to serve, start assembling the vada pav bites.
Place a little bit of tamarind sauce in the basket (depending on your taste), place the potato fritter on it.
Now, pipe some green chutney on top and sprinkle some spicy garlic chutney.
Elegant, mini vada pav bites are ready to be served.