Vada Pav inspired Bread Rolls

Vada Pav in the form of a Bread Roll!

Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

This is a Vada Pav in the form of a bread roll! Can it get any cuter than that?

I have an intense love for this dish and I often end up bonding with people over our mutual love for Vada Pav. I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t like this dish. What can go wrong, really? A flavored potato fritter served with some soft rolls.

For Vada Pav isn’t just food – it is an experience!   

Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

The idea for making bread rolls stuffed with a tiny, bite-sized pieces of Vadaa came to me when I made honeycomb bread. I wouldn’t say these rolls are exactly like a traditional Vada Pav. But the experience of popping bite sized bread rolls and finding a little vada inside is worth all the labor involved in making this recipe.

Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

At the end of the day, this is a recipe that does take a bit of time and effort and not something I’d do regularly. But – IMO – once in a while, it is worth taking the extra effort to make food even more interesting than it already is!

Vada Pav inspired Bread Rolls – Printable Recipe

Vada Pav inspired Bread Rolls
 
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Serves: 2 dozen rolls
Ingredients
Bread Dough
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast or 1.5 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • ¼ cup Melted Butter
  • ⅕ cup plain Yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon Salt (adjust to taste)
  • ⅔ cup Water
  • 4-5 Tablespoons Oil
Vada Filling
  • 4 medium Potatoes, boiled, peeled & mashed
  • 2-4 Garlic cloves (depending on how strong you want the flavor to be)
  • 1-2 Green Chili (adjust to suit spice required)
  • 1 teaspoons Ginger, minced
  • ½ cup clean Coriander or Cilantro leaves, chopped very finely or ground coarsely
  • Handful of clean Curry Leaves, chopped roughly
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • ½ Tablespoon Besan flour (gram flour) - optional
Batter for the Vada
  • 1 and ½ cups Besan / Gram Flour
  • ½ Tablespoon Salt (adjust to taste)
  • a pinch of Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoons Red Chilli Powder (adjust based on how spicy you want)
  • ¾ cups Water approximately (adjust to use as much required to make a cake-batter-like consistency
Others
  • Vegetable Oil - to deep fry
  • Thick Garlic chutney (powder or paste) or any spicy chutney you like
  • Melted butter / milk / egg-wash
  • White sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions
For the dough
  1. To lukewarm water, add sugar, yeast and mix. Let it rest for a couple minutes. If using active dry yeast, the mixture will foam up. If using instant yeast, it wont.
  2. Mix flour, salt. Add melted butter, yogurt and the yeast mixture and mix well. Knead by hand for 15 minutes or electric mixer for 8 minutes or until you have a smooth and elastic dough.
  3. Oil a large bowl and the place dough in it. Cover with a plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let the dough rise for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in volume.
For the Vada
  1. Grind garlic ginger, green chilli and a little coriander to form a coarse paste.
  2. Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. When they start to crackle, add cumin (jeera) and fry for a few seconds. Add the turmeric, ground paste and curry leaves and fry for 20 seconds and switch off the flame.
  3. To mashed potatoes, add the tempered oil, more coriander, salt, gram flour and mix well. Taste and adjust for seasoning, if required. Let the filling cool a bit
  4. Roll 1 to 1.5 Tablespoons worth filling into neat balls. These tiny fried vadas will make for manageable sized bread rolls.
  5. To make the matter, mix gram flour (besan), red chili powder, salt, a pinch of baking soda or rice flour and mix well. Slowly start adding water and mix consistently to form a smooth batter. It should be like a thin cake batter – free from lumps.
  6. Take each ball of the filling, dip in the batter and drop into oil. Fry on both sides for 3-4 minutes or medium heat or until the dough is cooked through.
  7. Remove onto a piece of paper / slotted plate to get rid of excess oil.
To make the Vada Pav Bread Rolls
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil. This prevents bread from sticking to the pan
  2. Remove the dough onto a clean work surface. Cut 2-3 inch equal sized dough bits.
  3. With your hand, flatten out the dough. Use a little flour if the dough is sticky. Add some thick garlic chutney on the surface. Place one cooled Vada at the center of the dough. Bring all sides to the top, seal with your fingers and roll into a smooth ball. If there is any extra piece of dough, simple pluck it out. Repeat with the rest of the dough bits + vada.
  4. Place the dough balls in concentric circles at a distance of about half an inch from each other. Cover and let the dough rise for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can simply line the bread rolls on a baking tray.
  5. Once the dough balls have plumped up, brush each roll with melted butter / milk / egg-wash. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top if required.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20-25 minutes or until the bread rolls are fully cooked through.
  7. Let them cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Remove onto a plate and serve. You can get them and arrange like a honeycomb if you like.
  8. When you bite into a bread roll, you’ll be delighted to find the vada inside! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. The Vadaa inside will not retain its crisp cover. But in all respects, it is a Vada Pav Roll.
  2. You can store them in the refrigerator for 3 days. re-Heat for 30-45 seconds before eating. But they taste best fresh out of the oven.

Vada Pav inspired Bread Rolls – Step by step pictures

For the bread dough

To lukewarm water, add sugar, yeast and mix. Let it rest for a couple minutes. If using active dry yeast, the mixture will foam up. If using instant yeast, it wont. (I used instant yeast here)
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Mix flour, salt. Add melted butter, yogurt and the yeast mixture and mix well.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Knead by hand for 15 minutes or electric mixer for 8 minutes or until you have a smooth and elastic dough. Oil a large bowl and the place dough in it. Cover with a plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let the dough rise for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in volume.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

 

For the Filling & The Vada (similar steps like the regular Vada pav)

Grind garlic ginger, green chilli and a little coriander to form a coarse paste.
Vada Pav Recipe | Learn how to make Bombay Vada Pav with this step by step tutorial | Foodomania.com

Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. When they start to crackle, add cumin (jeera) and fry for a few seconds. Add the turmeric, ground paste and curry leaves and fry for 20 seconds and switch off the flame.
Vada Pav Recipe | Learn how to make Bombay Vada Pav with this step by step tutorial | Foodomania.com

To mashed potatoes, add the tempered oil, more coriander, salt, gram flour and mix well. Taste and adjust for seasoning, if required.
Vada Pav Recipe | Learn how to make Bombay Vada Pav with this step by step tutorial | Foodomania.com

To make the matter, mix gram flour (besan), red chili powder, salt, a pinch of baking soda or rice flour and mix well. Slowly start adding water and mix consistently to form a smooth batter. It should be like a thin cake batter – free from lumps.
Vada Pav Recipe | Learn how to make Bombay Vada Pav with this step by step tutorial | Foodomania.com

Roll 1 to 1.5 Tablespoons worth filling into neat balls. These tiny fried vadas will make for manageable sized bread rolls.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Take each ball of the filling, dip in the batter and drop into oil. Fry on both sides for 3-4 minutes or medium heat or until the dough is cooked through.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Remove onto a piece of paper / slotted plate to get rid of excess oil.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

 

To put together the vada pav bread rolls –

Remove the dough onto a clean work surface.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Cut 2-3 inch equal sized dough bits.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

With your hand, flatten out the dough. Use a little flour if the dough is sticky. Add some thick garlic chutney on the surface. Place one cooled Vada at the center of the dough. Bring all sides to the top, seal with your fingers and roll into a smooth ball. If there is any extra piece of dough, simple pluck it out. Repeat with the rest of the dough bits + vada.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

This is where you can make the honeycomb like structure (optional). Place the dough balls in concentric circles at a distance of about half an inch from each other. Cover and let the dough rise for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can simply line the bread rolls on a baking tray. Once the dough balls have plumped up, brush each roll with melted butter / milk / egg-wash. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top if required.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20-25 minutes or until the bread rolls are fully cooked through.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

Let them cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Remove onto a plate and serve. You can get them and arrange like a honeycomb if you like.
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

When you bite into a bread roll, you’ll be delighted to find the vada inside! Enjoy!
Vada Pav inspired Honeycomb Bread Rolls Recipe with step by step tutorial by Foodomania.com

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1 Comment

  1. So innovative.. 😉
    Something different to try out and let kids enjoy this unique recipe at home 🙂

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