Colloquially known as vada pav, it is a type of Indian burger that is made from boiled potato stuffing dipped in gram flour batter and deep fried then served on a bun or a bread slice. It is relished by locals and tourists alike and is soul-food for Maharashtrians. It is believed to be invented by Ashok Vaidya in 1966, who opened a small stall serving this snack, opposite to the Dadar train station, in Mumbai. Thousands of workers often looking for a quick and cheap snack would flock to his stall. Soon, vada pav became a hit with not just workers but most of the people of the state. Today, almost every street corner of Kolhapur has a vendor selling vada pav.

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