Aloo Batata/Potato Wada

Potato Wada

Potato Wada is the fried potato dumplings. It is one of the yummy snacks enjoyed with ketchup or pickle on holidays in Gujarat, India. When I moved to USA in 1970s’ Italian, Mexican, American, pizza were all new to me and I used to make these wada it home for my family.

DF = Dairy Free GF = Gluten Free V= Vegan


Preparation time: 10 Minutes

Peeled and mashed potatoes

Cooking time: 25 Minutes
Cooking level:  Easy

Ingredients for Potato
5 medium Idaho potatoes
Salt to taste
1 tsp of grated ginger
2 tsp of grated garlic
1 tsp of cumin powder
2 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of green chilli paste

Ingredients for Tampering

Ready to fry wada

2 tbsp of oil
2 tsp of mate pa beans/ Urad dal
Finely chopped full curry leaves
1/2cup of chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder

Ingredients for Batter
8 tbsp of besan or chick pea flour
1 tsp of red chili powder
salt to taste
1/4 tsp of turmeric
Pinch of baking soda
water to make batter
1 and 1/2 cup of oil for deep frying

1Boil the potatoes and mash without any lumps in order to make smooth dough balls.

Batter for Wada
Deep frying potato wada

2. Add ginger, cumin powder, lemon juice, salt, green chilli to the mashed potatoes
3. In a small pan,  add 2 tbsp of oil on medium heat,  add mate pa beans/ urad dal until it turns golden brown
4. add garlic, cilantro, finely chopped curry leaves
5. add the tamper to the mashed potatoes
6. mix the tamper and mashed potatoes and make 20-25 medium size balls as shown in the picture above
7. For the batter, In a mixing bowl add chickpea flour, red chili powder, salt, baking soda, turmeric and water so that the it makes a correct consistency which is neither  thick or watery.
8. In a frying pan, add oil and heat it for deep frying. Add the potato balls/wada into the batter and deep fry the dumplings.
9. Turn the dumplings in order to cook it evenly
10. Place them on the paper towel in order to absorb the extra oil
11. Serve with your favorite cilantro, Mint, Tamarind, or ketchup.


Dry mango powder/ amchur powder can be substituted for lemon juice