It's pretty safe to say that Nigella Lawson eats a lot of very good things in any given year. In 2017 alone she used a spiralizer to make perfect golden shoestring French fries, and we even watched her eat a salted caramel sundae topped with crushed homemade meringue cookies. But even among all the very good things Nigella Lawson eats on a daily basis, some meals in particular stand out, and she says the vada pav she just ate in Mumbai is the single best thing she ate in 2017.
Best thing I’ve eaten in 2017: the vada pav at Ladoo Samrat after the wonderful @nfpexplore Dawn Tour of Mumbai. Vada pav are unfeasibly light spiced potato patties, fried crisp in gram flour batter, to be squished into soft bread rolls. Also eaten here , to great delight: poha, flattened rice, thali peeth, multigrain fried bread, and Sabudana khichdi, which is sago. With warm thanks to @HarshvardhanTanwar #latergram #mumbai #dawntour #nfpexplore #ladoosamrat #vadapav #india #love
Lawson posted a photo of vada pav from Ladoo Samrat, a vegetarian restaurant in Mumbai, to Instagram and declared it the best thing she's eaten in 2017.
"Vada pav are unfeasibly light spiced potato patties, fried crisp in gram flour batter, to be squished into soft bread rolls," she wrote. "Also eaten here, to great delight: poha, flattened rice, thali peeth, multigrain fried bread, and Sabudana khichdi, which is sago."
Lawson's fans seem to be thrilled with her photos. On Facebook, her photo of vada pav has been shared more than 100 times, and the comments are full of people talking about how much they love the filling, spicy, inexpensive snack, too.
Vada pav is enormously popular in Mumbai. According to the Times of India, there's even a "vada pav day" in August to celebrate it. Lawson is traveling in Mumbai right now, and she says it's her first time visiting the city, but she's already in love with the food.
A few hours after sharing her new favorite food, vada pav, Lawson posted a video from the Mumbai Spice Market. It looks amazing. You can practically smell the spices through the computer.
Lawson certainly seems to be having a wonderful, delicious time in Mumbai.
What's the best thing you ate in 2017?