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Batata Vada Recipe (Aloo Vada)

By Swasthi on May 17, 2023, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Batata Vada is a popular Snack from the Maharashtrian cuisine. The Marathi & Portuguese word ‘Batata’ translates to ‘Potatoes’ and ‘Vada’ are ‘Fritters’. Also known as Aloo Vada, these are spiced potato balls, dipped in gram flour batter and deep fried. These are crisp, flavorsome and super addictive. Batata Vada are also a popular street snack and is eaten as is with Coriander chutney & Chai. Sometimes these are stuffed in a pav (Indian bread) to make Vada Pav, another street food delicacy from Mumbai.

Batata vada served in a blue plate

Mumbai is popular for its wide range of street foods, from Sandwiches, Pakoras, Chaats to delicious Kulfis and Faloodas. Batata vada is one such street food that you will find almost everywhere, even in other regions of India. There are also a few different versions of these known as Aloo Bonda & veg bonda in Karnataka.

About Batata Vada

Batata vada are easy to make and makes for a great snack. The preparation for this appetizer starts with boiling the potatoes until fork tender. These are mashed and added to a tempering made with spices and herbs. Small portions of this spiced potatoes are shaped to balls.

The second part is to make a thick batter with gram flour, known as besan. These spiced potato balls are dipped in the thick batter and deep fried until crisp and golden. Sounds so good right!

Batata Vada are best served right out of the hot oil. These are good to serve on their own. A cup of Masala chai, or dry garlic chutney, coriander chutney, Green chutney, Mint chutney, Red Garlic Chutney or some fried green chilies also go well.

For convenience you can also make the spiced potatoes ahead and refrigerate. Make the batter and fry them when you are ready to serve. They can be reheated in the oven or air fryer until crisp.

For more Potato Recipes, you can check
Aloo Bread Pakora
Bread Rolls
Aloo Samosa
Aloo Sandwich

How to make Batata Vada (Stepwise Photos)

Prepare the Filling

1. Boil 3 medium potatoes until just cooked or fork tender but not mushy. You can cook either in a pot or cooker. I cooked them in pressure cooker for 2 whistles with some water. Once done cool them and crumble. You will need about 2 ¼ cups crumbled potatoes for this recipe.

2. Make a fine paste of ¾ inch ginger, 2 to 2 garlic cloves and 2 to 3 green chillies.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add ¼ to ½ tsp mustard seeds.

crackling mustard to make batata vada stuffing

4. When they begin to pop, add 1 sprig curry leaves and fry until crisp.

adding curry leaves to make batata vada stuffing

5. Add ginger garlic and green chilli paste. Saute until a nice aroma comes out. This may get burnt very quickly so regulate flame to medium or low.

frying ginger to make batata vada stuffing

6. Add ¼ teaspoon turmeric, 1 pinch hing, ⅛ teaspoon red chili powder and ⅓ teaspoon salt.

adding salt spice powders to pan

7. Mix everything well.

sauteing the mixture

8. Add crumbled potatoes and 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

adding coriander leaves to make batata vada stuffing

9. Mix everything well. Turn off the stove. Taste test and adjust salt.

sauteing the mixture

10. Cool this and make 7 to 8 balls.

making batata vada balls

Make batter for Batata Vada

11. To a mixing bowl, add ¾ cup besan, 2 to 3 tablespoons rice flour or cornstarch, ⅓ teaspoon salt, a pinch of hing, 1 pinch of turmeric and ⅛ teaspoon chilli powder.

12. Pour ¼ cup water and begin to make a thick batter first, adding more water only as needed. Avoid pouring lot of water at one time as it makes a lot of lumps.

13. This is the consistency of the batter. If the batter is runny, the covering may turn thin or batata vada may break while frying.

15. I have added a small pinch of soda to the batter just before dipping the balls in the batter. This is optional. This gives a light texture to the covering. Add it if using and beat the batter for few seconds.

Fry Batata Vada

14. Heat oil in a kadai on a medium heat. Do not use very less oil. Check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small portion of batter. It has to sizzle and rise to the surface.

16. When the oil is hot enough, drop a ball in the batter. Coat it well with batter.

17. Drop in hot oil. I have used a tbsp for this purpsose, you can also use your fingers.

18.Do not disturb them for at least 2 minutes as they can break. Stir them gently and fry on a medium heat.

19.When they are crisp fried and deep golden in color, remove to a cooling rack.

Serve batata vada hot with green chutney or flatten it and sandwich in a chutney smeared pav, with some fried green chilies on the side. You can serve these with this Green chutney or coconut chutney.

Batata vada recipe made with flour, spices and potatoes

Pro Tips

Potatoes: Avoid boiling potatoes to a very soft texture. The boiled potatoes should be firm and not mushy.

Corn flour or rice flour: Along with besan, corn flour is used to get a crisp texture. If you do not use refined flour, you can substitute corn flour with rice flour.

Consistency of batter: The consistency of the batter is the key to making good batata vada. The mixture should not be too thick or too thin. You can check the video to know more on it.

Soda-bi-carbonate: A tiny pinch of soda-bi-carbonate is used to make the batter light. But you can also skip it. I find no difference in skipping.

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batata vada

Batata Vada Recipe (Aloo Vada)

Batata vada are a snack made of spiced potato balls. These balls are dipped in chickpea flour batter and deep fried. Batata vada are served as a snack and sometimes stuffed in Indian bread known as pav.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings7 to 8

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

To make the filling

  • 3 medium potatoes , 2 ¼ cups crumbled
  • 2 to 3 green chilies
  • ¾ inch ginger peeled
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch hing (asafetida)
  • ⅓ to ½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped

For the covering

  • ¾ cup besan (gram flour)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons rice flour (cornstarch)
  • ⅓ to ½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 Pinch Hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 pinch soda-bi-carbonate Tiny (optional)
  • 1 pinch Turmeric (optional, for color)
  • teaspoon red chili powder (optional)



  • Boil potatoes until just done. They must be firm and not mushy. You can boil them either in a pressure cooker, steamer or in a pot.
  • When done, crumble them lightly.
  • Make a coarse paste on green chilli, garlic and ginger.

Make the filling

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.
  • When they begin to pop, add curry leaves and fry until crisp. Add ginger garlic and green chili paste.
  • Fry on a low heat until it turns fragrant.
  • Add hing, salt, turmeric and red chili powder.
  • Mix well and add potatoes and coriander leaves. Turn off the stove and mix everything well. Taste test and adjust salt.
  • Cool this mixture and make 7 to 8 balls.

How to make Batata Vada

  • Heat oil for deep frying in a kadai.
  • Add besan and rice flour or cornstarch to a mixing bowl.
  • Add salt, hing, turmeric and red chili powder (optional). Mix everything well adding water as needed and make neither too thick nor too thin batter. Taste test and adjust salt. For batter consistency check the video.
  • When the oil is hot enough, add a tiny pinch of soda to the batter. Mix well. This is optional.
  • Check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small amount of batter in oil. The batter should sizzle and rise to the surface.
  • Regulate the flame to medium.
  • Dip each ball in the batter, coat the potato balls with batter and drop in oil. You can use your fingers or a tbsp to do this. You can drop 3 to 5 balls in each batch depending on the size of your kadai.
  • Do not disturb them for a while until the batter becomes firm. Gently stir and fry until golden.
  • Drain them to a cooling rack. To fry the next batch make sure the oil is hot but not smoking hot.
  • Serve batata vada hot with green chutney or sandwich them in pav along with green chutney, dry garlic chutney & fried green chilies.


  1. If the batter is too thick the batata vada will turn hard.
  2. If the batter is too thin the potato stuffing will come out while frying and mess up the oil. so make the right consistency.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


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NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Batata Vada Recipe (Aloo Vada)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 18.7mg23%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Amazing recipe ! I want to make large quantities for my sons bday. I have an air fryer too for reheating. What are your recommendations? Freeze the potato mix fry on party day? Or make the whole thing freeze and do air fryer or bake on party day? By the time people get to food it’s always cold so that won’t be an issue. Kindly suggest. Thanks

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Made this today, it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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Love your recipes of masalas and powders, for its taste (that matches mine), presentation and kids concern.
One curiosity:”Batata” happens to be the portuguese word for potato…

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I boiled the potatoes in their skins, let them cool then put the potato into a bowl, realised that I only had salt and self raising flour so I made potato scones and they were lovely, would definitely make them again.

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Turned out fantastic. thank you. I stored the leftover potatoes in a container. For how many days can I store in the fridge.

Can you make bateta vada without gram flour as my family is allergic to it? If you can, what is the best alternative flour?

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Dear Swasti,

I would like to make batata vada. Is it possible to make the balls only and keep it in the freezer?
I need to fry the balls for antoher day. About the batter: can I use breadcrums to make the batter instead of besan and rice flour?

please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you for sharing your great recipes.