Shital's-Kitchen: Baked Wada Pav

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Baked Wada Pav

You know how much we enjoy Mumbai street food, and I am sure wada pav is everyone's favorite. Last week, it was pouring heavily in Mumbai, and we wanted to celebrate rains away from home. :) Snehanshu wanted to enjoy wada pav with homemade pav bread and fresh dry garlic chutney. I love wada pav, but just wanted to stay away from deep fried food. I thought of trying to bake few for me instead of deep frying. Medu wada, chakli, wada pav...all my favorite deep fried food in baked version to relish it guilt free :)

For Dry Garlic Chutney
Heat 1 tsp of oil. Fry 8-10 dry red chillies and 2 tbsp. sesame seeds for a min. Turn off the heat and roast 1 cup dry coconut in the same pan. Cool. Grind this coconut mixture with 10-12 cloves of garlic, 3-4 tbsp. chilli powder (for spice and color) and salt.

I used 1/3 proportion of my Pav Bread recipe to bake 6 pavs.

Make into small balls and keep them aside.

To make chickpea flour/gram flour/ besan batter.
To 1 cup chickpea flour/besan, add 1/2 cup water and whisk well to form a lump free batter. The batter for baked wada should be thicker than the one we use for fried.
Add salt, red chilli powder and pinch of turmeric.

Slightly flatten potato ball. Drench it well in a chickpea flour batter. Use fork to make it clean an less messy.

Place on a well greased baking tray.

Place all wadas and immediately bake them in a 400F preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till you get the desired color.

I didn't mind few cracks on them :)

Believe me, I enjoyed these baked, non greasy, wadas with home made pav and dry garlic chutney.

Fried few wadas too for my husband :)
But after tasting the baked one, he enjoyed those guilt free ones better.
Enjoy your Baked Wada Pav!!


  1. Wow!! Will def give this a try.

  2. Wow Sheetal!!!! Wanna try these n meduwadas too

  3. So glad you posted these. I've often wondered if pakoras/wadas/bondas can be baked but I've never had the courage to try. Thanks, Shital!

    1. Thanks Tulika, my next try is onion pakoras :)

  4. Great !!. I am going to give it a try.