Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vada-Pav: The Poor Man's Burger

Mumbai is synonymous with Vada Pav. Its importance here is less as a snack and more like a delicacy. People here swear by the Vada Pav. It is easily available in every nook and corner of the city. It is not an unusual site to spot people parking their Mercedes and BMWs to enjoy Vada Pav's and chai on the roadside stall. It is poor man’s paradise as well. Priced at a meagre 6 rupees, it is an easily affordable meal for the hand to mouth people.

 I had heard a lot about Vada Pav via TV, friends, movies etc before coming to Mumbai. So I was really excited about trying Vada Pav when I first came to Mumbai. And then one fine day I tasted it. I know a lot of people will hate me for this but I did not find anything special about the Vada Pav. I mean I am definitely not saying it was bad but yea I have had better things. So this whole hullabaloo about the Vada Pav seems a tad bit overrated to me.

I have seen people crave and die for Vada Pav and the whole madness just escapes me. I mean isn’t it just potato in the bread? Maybe this is something I will never manage to understand. Meanwhile day by day I cross paths with at least one person who is mad over Vada Pav’s. Someone who can eat one Vada Pav for breakfast and two each for lunch and dinner. Continuously day by day! Sheer madness I tell you...!
I dedicate this post to all the Vada Pav fans out there!


  1. Hey SEPO
    C'mon..Vad-pav with chilly is awesome..but respect ur opinion.


  2. ha ha... I was laughing reading the line, "...people crave and die for vada pav...." ha ha... nice humorous expression!! :)

    So you gonna try it again or made up your mind not to!! may be the next time you eat at a different place, you might find it much better... :)

    take care, cheers!

  3. उम्दा, बेहतरीन अभिव्यक्ति...बहुत बहुत बधाई...

  4. My earlier comment is missing from here..seens google ne usey spam samajh kar hata diya :P

  5. Vada Pav- a staple food of Amchi Mumbai:) Have savored while I stayed there:)

  6. i can so relate to what you've written! I felt the same thing, when i saw people going gaga over it!
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  7. vada pav a food of Maharashtra
    nice debating post

  8. It's an over-rated and over-hyped snack... but somehow people just love it. My Dad commands me to get him some whenever I make a trip to Bombay or Poona. However, try adding a slice of cheese to it; it does become palatable.