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Rani Devalla
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FOOD Vizagites are gorging on the famous Maharashtrian snack vada-pav which is being served with a variety of sauces and chutneys

A different takeYoungsters fest on vada-pav served with a choice of 32 sauces at Laddu Gopal in VisakhapatnamPhoto:C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM
A different takeYoungsters fest on vada-pav served with a choice of 32 sauces at Laddu Gopal in VisakhapatnamPhoto:C.V.SUBRAHMANYAM

Those craving the popular Maharashtrian snack vada-pav can now savour it at one of the food-counters in the city. The softness of the pav and the crunchiness of the vada topped with a blend of spices and sauces accompanied by chutneys like sweet tamarind and garlic makes for a delicious snack. With 32 Indian and International flavours, it leaves one asking for more.

On one side, the person at the live-counter filters out jalebis from hot ghee and then dips into the sugar-syrup while on the other end masters in gloves get busy serving a range of yummy chaats such as tikki chola , dahi batata , kachodi , mirchi-bajji and pav-bhaji garnishing it with sliced onions, chopped coriander leaves, a dash of mint chutney and curd. At Laddu Gopal, MVP Double Road one can try an array of sweets, dhoklas, snacks and now vada-pavs .

Choice

Here, a range of vada-pav comes in three different packages – regular, customer’s choice and customized vada -pav with a combination of two or more flavours.

Ranging from Rs. 20 to Rs. 25 each depending on the choice, the snack is catching up among youngsters. Talking about the idea of introducing a Maharashtrian snack to the city, Upendra Sharma, owner of Laddu Gopal says, “Initially we had only four flavours of vada-pav on the menu. But when a foreigner visited our food-joint for a vada-pav with three distinct sauces, it turned to be an exclusive delicacy.

That’s when we started experimenting with 32 flavours before incorporating them into the daily menu.” Indian blends include butter, dhaniya, khatta-meeta, achari, karam podi, onion, tomato and a host of others while French seasoning, Mexican, sweet chilli, red pepper, ranch dressing, mayonnaise and thousand island are among the international flavours. “Of all, mustard,

Thai green-chilli, garlic and chilli cheese are the most sought-after flavours. Those who come up with a unique blend of flavours can also win a coupon of ten vada-pavs , adds Sharma.

The aroma of these snacks is a sure draw. Special fruit chocolates and catering facility to suit every budget can be availed for functions and parties contacting 9393493934.

New delicacies

Among the new introductions, the famous Lucknowi sweet - Nawabi dahi Jalebi is on the menu. Nine varieties of dosas with special fillings like jinni , schezwan , Punjabi, paneer and other varieties will be added to the menu shortly.

With so much of ghee and sumptuous combination of spices smeared in almost every recipe, the food at the snackbar is tempting. At times you need to stop counting calories because hygienic indulgence is not a sin.

Rani Devalla

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