If there’s one thing in the world that can make you shed tears of happiness and grief at once, it is wada pav. Wada pav is one comfort food that bizarrely manages to cause severe discomfort. Yet, it has its own brand of loyalists to boot. It is known for its fiery taste that gels beautifully with the crisp wada covering and the soft pav. Once popular as Mumbai’s street food, it is now available at food joints and restaurants across India. Undoubtedly, it deserves a dedicated post of its own from the now Mumbaikar me, doesn’t it? 😉
Wada pav is the Indian version of a burger which costs less than half as much and tastes twice as good. It consists of a fried potato dumpling (batata wada) placed in a bread bun (pav) which is sliced almost in half. Spicy dry red chutney is often sprinkled on the insides of the pav which gives it an extra zing. If that isn’t enough, fried green chillies are served along-with to make sure you blow smoke through your ears. You can give them a pass but a wada pav is meant to make you remember your forefathers with every bite, mind you. 😀 Quite touching and spiritual, yes? 😛
I tasted my first wada pav in Mumbai at the Dadar outlet of Jumbo King. It wasn’t designed to offer seating and was quite small in area. I stood outside and watched dazedly at the crowd crammed into that little space. It never seemed to thin, instead it kept on multiplying somehow. When I pointed this out to A his simple reaction was, “Its normal. Grow up.” Although I was tad disappointed at having to witness all this for a mere batata wada, its taste made me eat my own words, along with those green chillies. 😀 😉
To the uninitiated, there’s no ungodly hour to dig into a wada pav. Mumbaikars can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between meals. Across Mumbai you’ll find numerous joints, big and small, offering hot and crispy wada pavs throughout the day. Since they’re cheap and easily available they’re often the first thing strugglers and outsiders turn to for their hunger pangs. We know too well how this maximum city beckons swarms of dreamy-eyed future success stories with its glitz and glamour, don’t we? 🙂
Wada pav is a booming business opportunity too since it doesn’t need much investment and has good returns. I’ve seen many women entrepreneurs earn a decent living by making and selling wada pavs in mobile food trucks. The appetising aroma of freshly fried crisp wadas is impossible to miss and attracts hordes towards it. Samosa pav is another variant usually found on the counter. Though not as popular, it does have its own audience.
Its scrumptious taste cannot discount the fact that wada pav isn’t a healthy food choice though. One cannot lead a lifestyle which features wada pav prominently. It was interesting to watch few policemen recently go through a complete makeover in a specially arranged health camp. Irregular meal timings and turning to this ‘yummy little devil’ for a quick bite were the main reasons behind their health problems. Indulging in moderation, hence, is the key. Personally, I run an extra mile the day I want to treat myself. 😉
Have you tried the typical Mumbai wada pav? How was your experience? Tell me about it.
This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenge for April 2019