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Topic Reading-Vol.2186-4/6/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Vada Pav: The Indian burger McDonald’s can’t master
What kind of burger-substitutes are there in India where beef is rarely a popular choice of food? Surprisingly, McDonald’s is quite popular in the subcontinent. They serve chicken sandwiches and veggie-burgers with spices and flavors that stimulate their appetite and please their stomach. But there is a more popular street food that is similar to hamburgers especially in Mumbai, called Vada Pav, or Bombay Burger. It is a vegetarian fast food dish consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling sandwiched by a bread bun (pav). It is usually accompanied with chutney and green chili pepper to make sure the eater feels the sandwich spicy enough for their taste. As you can imagine, the combination of fried potato and bread is a quick energy charger. That’s because Vada Pav was first invented as a snack for mill workers in Mumbai. The snack is now prepared and sold by street vendors and chain restaurants across the country who all claim that theirs have a secret recipe or a special ingredient that makes their vada pav special.
Indeed, it is Bombayites, or Mumbaikars, choice of snack.
Enjoy reading the article and think if you want to make this India’s potato sandwich yourself or get there and taste it at one of those street vendors.

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