Batata Vada (Potato Balls in a Gram Flour Crust)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

Its a common recipe in India, a family favourite

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the potatoes mash them.
  2. add the ginger garlic, tumeric powder and cilantro and salt.
  3. Heat 3 tsp on oil in a saucepan.
  4. add the mustard seeds and wait for them to crackle (burst) then add the asefetida.
  5. Pour the oil over the potatoes.
  6. and mix it in well till blended.
  7. Mix all the ingredients with the water.
  8. divide the potato mix into 16 balls.
  9. Heat the oil.
  10. Dip the potatoes into the batter.
  11. The batter should be thick enough to coat the potatoes nicely but not too thick.
  12. Place the coated potatoes balls in the hot oil.
  13. Fry till done (the coating will be a golden color with a reddish tinge).
  14. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

This is a SUPERB recipe and I am surprised why no one has tried it till date. Anyways, that really gives me the honor to be the first one to post my feedback. I made these for snacks this evening and my oh my, was my home a heaven for all who came by today. Everyone really gobbled these down like there was no tomorrow. You should have been here to see it :) I followed the recipe as given. The only additional ingredient I used was 1 1/2 tsps. of fresh mint leaves, chopped fine in the mixture of potatoes. This is a sure keeper and I am making note of this because come winter every year, this will be a regular on our table for family and friends :) So many thank you's to you for sharing this on Zaar.

Charishma_Ramchandani January 08, 2006

I made this tonight for my sisters dinner party as an entree, it smelt so good and tasted even better, I will make it for my inlaws when they visit next. I didn't have the chickpea flour so I subbed with rice flour and also didn't have the indian spice asafetida powder so I used onion powder and put it in when I added the garlic and ginger. Thanks for sharing ladyinred

niecyg September 06, 2012

Very good! I was a little scared of the recipe, so I held back on seasoning, but I wish I wouldn't have. It also took me a while to figure out how to form the potato mixture into balls without making a mess...wet hands work wonders. Also, chilling the potato mixture helps too. We had a lot of batter left over, so I let it drop into the oil from a fork and made little crispies that the kids loved. We'll definitely make again with LOTS of seasoning!

Chrisbee July 09, 2010