Vada Pav (Spicy Potato & Paneer Burger)

Serves: 4

Chef Top Tip

“This classic Indian street food is extremely tasty and makes a wonderful vegetarian burger alternative; you will want it to prepare this again and again. Paneer cheese is a Vegetarian Express favourite that works well with other flavours. The mint and tamarind chutneys are available in stores for this dish.”


  • 425g floury potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks
  • Good pinch of turmeric
  • 30ml sunflower oil
  • ¼ tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 large green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1cm root ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 100g paneer cheese, coarsely grated
  • 75g gram flour
  • Pinch of baking powder
  • Pinch of chilli powder
  • Sunflower oil for deep frying
  • 4 burger baps, halved and toasted
  • 2 tb mint chutney
  • 2 tb tamarind chutney
  • 1 beef steak tomato, thinly sliced


  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water with the turmeric until tender. Drain well, then return to the dry cooking pan, cook for further 2 minutes, crushing the potatoes down as they dry.
  2. Meanwhile in a small pan, heat the oil and when hot add the mustard seeds, chilli, ginger and curry leaves. Cook for 30 seconds or until mustard seeds start to pop and the mix start to become fragrant.
  3. Add this mix to the crushed potatoes, seasoning to taste.
  4. Remove to a bowl and cool, before stirring in the grated paneer cheese.
  5. Shape into 8 large equal size patties.
  6. Mix the gram flour, baking powder, salt, chilli powder and add enough water to make a thick batter.
  7. Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan or fryer.
  8. Dip the patties into the batter, ensuring they are fully coated and fry in hot oil for 1-2 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden.
  9. Drain thoroughly on kitchen paper.
  10. Arrange the tomato slices on each burger bap base, spoon on a little mint and tamarind chutney.
  11. Top each bap with 2 potato patties, close the burgers and serve.

All products marked in bold are available to purchase through Vegetarian Express.