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The batata wada is a popular breakfast dish, and also evening snack in Mumbai. It is popularized as street food, eaten with pav and called vada-pav. This photo is taken in a restaurant and the batata wadas are served with South Indian accompaniments, sambar and coconut chutney.(South Indian dips).
Batata wadas are patties made of potatoes mixed with green chillies, ginger and a tadka(tempering) of mustard seeds and turmeric. The balls are dipped in herb-seasoned gram flour batter, and then deep fried. The finished vadas can be served as in the photo with sambar and coconut chutney in South Indian style, or typical Mumbai style as vada-pav, with green chillies and chutney.
The combination of vadas and the split pav is also called Mumbai's burger.
Several fast food chains specialise in vada pav outlets in the city.