Vada pav (healthier version)

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Chaat | Tags: , , |

This recipe replaces the refined flour bread with a whole wheat pita. I have also omitted frying the vada altogether making it guilt free. The salad and chutney add fibre, crunch and flavour to this delicious snack. Feel free to make 2 or 3 recipes of the pita bread and refrigerate, so that you can enjoy it, anytime hunger strikes.

Preparation Time : 20 mins Cooking Time : 15 mins.. Makes 8 vada pavs.

For the pita bread

1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 teaspoon (5 grams) fresh yeast, crumbled
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon salt
For the garlic chutney
¼ cup garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon coriandercumin seed (dhania-jeera) powder
salt to taste
To be mixed into a vada filling
3 cups potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 tablespoon gingergreen chilli paste
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

Other ingredients

8 tomatoes slices
1 cup lettuce, shredded
8 onion slices

For the pita bread

1.Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water until it is smooth and elastic.

2.Add the oil and knead again.

3.Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it prove till it doubles in volume (approx. 15 to 20 minutes).

4.Press the dough lightly to remove the air.

5.Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.

6.Roll out each portion into a circle of 125 mm. (5″) diameter and 3 mm. (1/8″) thickness.

7.Cook the pita breads on a hot tava (griddle) on each side for a minute or until the bread puffs up.

8.Remove and keep aside.

9.Cut each pita bread into 2 halves. Keep aside. These are called pita pockets.

For the garlic chutney

1.Blend all the ingredients in a blender with a little water to get a smooth chutney. Keep aside.

How to proceed

1.Warm the pita bread halves on a tava (griddle) and apply garlic chutney on the inside.

2.Divide the vada filling mixture into 8 equal portions.

3.Fill each pita bread half with one slice of tomato, some lettuce, one slice of onion and one portion of the vada filling mixture.

4.Repeat for the remaining pita bread halves with other ingredients to make 7 more healthy vada pavs.

5.Serve immediately.

Nutritive values per vada pav :
Calories136cal.

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