Vada pav is the most delicious snack of the Mumbaikars and in fact, Vada pav is not only a snack but its a sentiments of every mumbaikars. At every corner of the streets, one will find a vada pav stall to fulfil one’s hunger and appetite. Vada pav is the favorite junk food here in Mumbai. It has become a part of Mumbai’s culture and is popularly known as “Bombay Burger”.
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It has become public’s breakfast, lunch and sometimes even dinner for many. People in Mumbai, many a times, rely on Vada Pav for their meal due to their hectic lifestyle. From roadside vendor to a corporate, everyone surrenders themselves to the delight of Vada pav. When it comes to it’s affordability, anyone can afford a Vada pav since it is not so expensive and come in various variants depending upon the toppings you add to the flavour of Vada Pav. Mumbaikars love the joy and romance of watching the rain while standing on the footpath or sitting at home and enjoying the bites of vada pav.
In 2008, Shiv Sena had launched 100 stalls of vada pav in the city. Since then, the vada pav has became more popular. Over the past years, vada pav has gone fancy and now served in numerous restaurants with toppings and added materials like cheese and paneer. But For mumbaikars vada pav will always belong to roadside stalls.
Vada has come from the Marathi word ‘Batata Vada’, which means potato fritter. Pav is derived from a Portuguese word, which means sweetened bread. Vada pav is basically a mashed potato with different spices and it is being deep fried. It is usually eaten with different chutneys. It is being served in the bun bread or pav to give it a traditional look and taste.
In 1966, Bal Thackeray asked his Shiv Sainiks to set up small businesses all over Mumbai. Ashok Vaidya was his ideal follower and he started a ‘batata vada’ stall at Dadar railway station in Mumbai. Later, he tried put batata vada between pav which he borrowed from the near by stall of omelette pav and served it with green chilli and red chutney. Later Vaidya served vada pav in every rallies and meeting of Shiv Sena. Vada pav is claimed to be a part of Marathis’ cuisines and with chutney, it can make anyone’s mouth water anytime. In late 1960s, another stall was put up in kalyan.
In today’s era, 23rd August is celebrated as World Vada Pav Day. The 5 most famous places to eat vada pav are Graduate vada pav at Byculla. It is running for the last 16 years. It is a small little authentic stall which has never run out of customers. Shivaji vada pav at vile parle is another stall where you will find one of yummiest Vada Pav of Mumbai. This stall is next to Mithibai and NM college and has been selling “MUMBAI’S BURGER” for over three decades. The szechwan and cheese szechwan vada pav are the most popular vada pav here. Dadar’s Kirti college vada pav is also not to be missed having a Vada Pav at. Since last 35 years, this stall has attracted 1000 of customers per day. The next to visit is the Gajanan vada pav at thane. This shop sells only one kind of vada pav and that’s the traditional one. The final one in the list is the one at Aram milk bar at CST. This stall has famous customers such as Rajiv Gandhi, Bal Thackeray and many more. This stall is serving mumbaikars from last 70 years.