World Vada Pav Day: All you need to know about Mumbai’s favourite fast-food meal

We celebrated World Vada Pav Day yesterday. Here are some interesting stories about the food affectionately called the ‘Indian burger’.

Vada Pav

Vada Pav

IF you love eating vada pav then yesterday was the day to celebrate by eating your favourite food as it was World Vada Pav Day.

The dna Web Team was with some of the best vada pav stalls around Mumbai city and spoken to the vendors about their business.

Graduate Vada Pav at Byculla
Running for the last 
16 years, it is a small little authentic vada pav stall which is never without a customer.

Shivaji Vada Pav stall at Ville Parle
The vada pav stall next to Mithibai and NM college is a brand in itself, having sold the ‘Mumbai burger’ for over three decades.

Dadar’s Kirti college vada pav stall
Since the last 35 years this vada pav stall has been attracting thousands of customers everyday from celebs to the common man.

Gajanan Vada Pav, Vishnu Nagar, Thane
Although the shop sells only one kind of vada pav—the traditional one—it does stand out. Why? It’s chutney. A delicious mix of besan and chillies, its consistency is similar to imli chutney.

Aaram Milk Bar, CST 

Serving Mumbaikars for over 70 years, this joint is popular for its large vadas served with onions and fried chillies. Their famous customers include Rajiv Gandhi, Bal Thackeray, the various BMC commissioners.

Wanna make a vada pav at home rather than buy one. That’s a good idea. Here are five easy recipes.

Also read: How one Mumbaikar has created a map of Vada Pav joints in Mumbai

Anatomy of a vada pav

To celebrate the day here are some vada pav memes created by Mumbaikars:

The vada pav is not just limited to potatoes and has a number of variations also.

India now has the world’s third largest Internet population: ComScore

The study shows India is the second fastest growing Internet population with an overwhelming 31% year-over-year growth, which is six times of the global online population growth.

India now has the world's third largest Internet population: ComScore

India now has the world’s third largest Internet population: ComScore

India has gone past Japan to become the third largest Internet population, rising to 73.9 million users – a 31% growth as compared to the last year. India is now behind China (second largest) and the U.S. at the top. The new statistics were revealed in the ComScore study India Digital Future in Focus 2013.

According to the study, about 75% of Internet users in India are under the age of 35, making it the youngest skewing online population among BRIC countries. Across all age and gender groups, Women between the ages of 35-44 are the heaviest internet users in the Indian market.

The study further says the Indian blogging audience has risen by 48% in the past year to 36 million visitors. About 26% of category traffic comes from mobile phones and tablets. About 54 million internet users in the country watch online videos on their computer, showing a 27% increase over the past year.

Revealing the growth of e-commerce websites in India, the study says about 60% Internet users in India visit online retail websites. Myntra leads the segment in terms of users, while Flipkart has the highest per-user engagement. Jabong, Amazon sites and Snapdeal make it to the top five online stores in India.

Social networking websites are still favourite online activity in India. Facebook is the top social network in India with a 28% Internet traffic growth and reach of 86%. On an average, Indian spend 217 minutes on Facebook every month. LinkedIn has emerged second top social networking site in India while Pinterest and Tumbler are the fastest growing networks.

Audience for online videos in India rose 27% with YouTube continues to be the top video property with more than 55% share.

“This past year saw digital media’s continued rise in prominence as part of peoples’ personal lives and in business environments. Consumers are quickly becoming platform agnostic in their digital media consumption and in today’s world they can choose when and how they’d like to consume content. It might be that they started watching a film at home on their TV, continued watching it on their smartphone on the way to work, and finished watching it in bed at night on their tablet. It’s the pinnacle of convenience for consumers, but an utter headache from an audience measurement and advertising analytics standpoint,” says the study.

“comScore has adapted to thischanging digital world to become a trusted resource for understanding cross-platform consumer behaviour and enabling multi-platform unification of all data.Consumers have already adopted multiple platforms and devices – now it’s the businesses who need to follow if they desire a unified, platform-agnostic view of consumer behaviour.”

You can download the ComScore study India Digital Future in Focus 2013 from here.