I am a foodie of the highest order !! My mom says I was a very reluctant eater when I was a kid. God knows when I entered this sensual world rather when this sensual food world entered into me. I am pure bred vegetarian. Yes we vegetarians too have a lot of options to slurp about. Here goes one such slurping moment.
I live in India where there are variety of street foods. One such eclectic food is Chaat which is derived from Hindi cāṭ (tasting, a delicacy), from cāṭnā (to lick), from Prakrit caṭṭei (to devour with relish, eat noisily). It has origins from almost all states and many food joints have their kiosk in the metropolitan I live in. I happen to visit one such kiosk to quench my craving for some light snack.
I visited a Vada pav joint, they had five to six varieties of vada pav which included schezwan vada pav, butter vada pav , special bombay vada pav and of course normal vada pav. I ordered Special Bombay Vada Pav. The making of that was a heavenly process. First the butter was smeared on the big hot pan, the butter sizzled once it touched the hot surface. The Pav (type of bun) was placed on the butter to absorb it. Once a golden brown appeared on the pav, a green coriander chutney was lavishly spread on the pav.
Hero of the dish is the Vada. Its a homogeneous mixture of alu, green chilli , cumin seeds, coriander seeds and other spices. Small balls were made from the alu mixture and bathed in spiced liquid besan mixture. This vada is dropped into kadai full of oil. Vada dives in the oil deep down but some buoyant force pushes the vada back to the top and floats. Once the vada is fried to golden brown color, it is taken out and oil is drained out.
The vada is placed in the pav that was previously spread with green coriander chutney. A red color masala powder with various spices in right amount were added that gives a zing to the vada pav. Now the vada pav is closed and placed on a disposable plate. It is pushed to the counter and the vada pav wala called out special bombay vada pav in heavy accented hindi.
I rushed to the counter to grab my plate of scrumptious-ness. The counter where the vada pav was placed had a plate of fried masala Green chillies. Just when I believed vada pav is all I needed, the masala green chilli pulled me towards it. I grabbed a couple of chillies and settled with my plate in a breezy corner.
A big bite of vada pav and small sharp bite of green chilli were playing wonders inside my mouth. Medley of flavors burst into my mouth were so exotic. The green chutney and red masala powder with the fried vada pav and a bite of masala chilli was a truly a lethal combination.