Meet Mumbai's version of the hamburger - batata vada pao which literally translates into potato patties on bread.
This is one Maharashtrian treat that crosses all cultural and socio-economic boundaries. From beggars to millionaires, all gather at the feet of this, one of Mumbai's culinary giants. In fact so common is this treat that fills Mumbaiker bellies from dawn to dusk, that it would be impossible to not come across at least one cart selling these at every street corner.
And for good reason - delicious and delicately spiced mashed potatoes with curry leaves and spices are turned into little discs and dipped in a spicy chickpea batter, deep fried and served over true 'Mumbai pao' i.e. pull apart bread with green cilantro chutney or even a garlic hutney.
All this washed down with hot cups of chai in little glasses that continues to simmer all day long right there with the cauldron of hot oil that seemingly never stops dishing out these lovelies.
Make Batata Vada Pao the star of your next potluck and your guests will thank you.