At this price, it cuts across social strata and is a great leveller. By Charukesi Ramadurai 2 April The vada pav is a delectable carb overload — an instant energy boost. View image of Every vendor claims to have a secret recipe or a special ingredient that makes his vada pav unique Credit: Credit: Charukesi Ramadurai. Suresh Thakur dropped another batch of potato patties, known as batata vada , into the cooking oil that had been sizzling in a massive iron pan since early morning. Vada pav is synonymous with the city of Mumbai, with almost every resident, from factory workers to Bollywood stars, unabashed in declaring their love for it. Today, this snack is synonymous with the city of Mumbai, with almost every resident, from factory workers to college students to Bollywood stars, unabashed in declaring their love for it. Vada pav was an instant hit with Bombayites as Mumbaikars were then known. The vada made a gentle hiss as they hit the oil, and the aroma of the chickpea batter floated in the air, making me impatient.