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May 29, 2018

The history, anatomy and connoisseur's checklist for Vada Pav with Kalyan Karmakar, Indian food blogger and writer.

What is Vada Pav?

Omnipresent on the streets of Mumbai, Vada Pav comprises a fat spiced potato patty within a tender "pav" bun. Different chutneys - sweet or spicy - might accompany the vada pav depending on what's being offered at the stall, and many vendors put their own special twist to this beloved Bombay Burger.

A few spots to try this treat in Dubai include:

  • Chai Pani Cafe in Ghubaiba
  • Rangoli in Meena Bazaar and their branch, Rangoli Lite in Oud Metha
  • Puranmal (multiple branches)
  • Bombay Se in Meena Bazaar
  • Vaibhav in Meena Bazaar

About Kalyan Karmakar

Kalyan Karmakar blogs at and is a columnist for NDTV Food, Times of India Blogs and The Indian Express. His debut book is called The Travelling Belly and it went into a reprint within a year of it being published. He is a part of the jury for the Living Foodz Epicurean Awards and the Conde Nast Best Restaurant Awards and was a speaker at The Tasting India Symposium 2017 and the Jagriti Yatra 2018. He has recently won the Best Indian Food Blogger Award in the BH&G and Social Samosa Influencer Awards 2017 and is the inner of the FBAI Best General Food Blogger Award 2017 and Godrej Protect Power Blogger Award 2017. As a market researcher & consultant, he has worked in agencies such as The Nielsen Company, TNS India, IMRB International and Draft FCB Ulka has presented award winning papers at The Esomar World Congress & Asia Pacific.

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