A huge aspect of culturally diverse Mumbai is the culinary experience the city offers. Mumbai boasts of variety of street foods that it puts on display and everyone, from billionaire to beggar relishes it. Learn more about this subtle yet omnipresent part of Mumbai’s culture. Here are 10 street foods in Mumbai that are a must try.
1. Vada Pav
Also, referred to as a ‘poor man’s burger,’ Vada Pav is one thing that you will find in every street, corner, crossroad and turn. Pav is Indian for a bread bun, and the a fritter stuffed with mashed potato in between the bread is called ‘Vada’. This mouthwatering dish is served with spicy and sweet chutneys, fried chilies and garlic powder chutney.
2. Pav Bhaji
Originating in Maharashtra, Pav Bhaji is now available all over India with regional variations. Despite that, the traditional Maharashtrian Pav Bhaji is an evergreen favorite. Pav is bread heated on a pan with a light application of butter and ‘Bhaji’ is a Marathi word for vegetables. In this case, it is an assortment of vegetables which are mashed and cooked with spices and seasonings.
3. Pani Puri
Known by different names in different parts of India, Pani Puri is one street snack that is popular everywhere. This blissful dish consists of a round, hollow fried crisp Puri that is stuffed with a mixture of chickpeas, potatoes, spices, tamarind chutney and most importantly spicy water made of chili, Pani. There is nothing more divine that the burst of flavor in your mouth when you chew on the Puri and let the ingredients inside it do the magic.
Mumbai is the birthplace of Frankie which consists of flour wraps filled with mutton, eggs, mashed potatoes, chicken, or anything else you can imagine. The main ingredient is often complemented by raw onion and spicy sauces. This dish was created by Mr. Amarjit Tibb who was inspired Lebanese style pita bread wraps when he visited Beirut.
5. Bhel Puri
Bhel Puri is a type of flavorful chaat. It consists of puffed rice mixed with raw vegetables like tomatoes, onions and is seasoned in a tamarind sauce. There are many variations of this snack all over the country, but the best Bhel Puri is available on the beaches on Mumbai. If there is something that Juhu and Girguam Chowpatty beach is famous for, it’s definitely the Bhel Puri that the many stalls there offer.
Originating in Middle Eastern countries, this is one delicacy that has solidified its culinary hold over the non-vegetarian enthusiasts in Mumbai. It is essentially consists of chunks of fish or meat that are marinated and grilled over a bbq pit using a skewer.
Everyone is familiar with this one snack. It isn’t from India but it has made quite an impression on Indians. Basically, anything with two slices of breads and something between them (edible, of course) is called a sandwich here. The roadside sandwiches in Mumbai though, have a story of their own. There are unlimited variations of sandwich, butter, mayonnaise, cheese, schezwan, toasted, grilled, egg, vegetable.
8. Kheema Pav
Mumbaikars love our “Pav” or bread rolls. Another prevalent dish in Mumbai is Kheema Pav. It is Pav with a dish of minced meat that is cooked in spices. It is served with many sides, like lemons, onions, and pickles. Olympia Coffee House, although not really a roadside stall, has the best Kheema Pav you will ever eat.
A staple South Indian dish, Dosa is a thin pancake-like food that is made of fermented rice batter. Well, this dish has left its mark all over the country and Mumbai particularly. The collection and variety offered in Mumbai when it comes to Dosa is tremendous. Chinese Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Schezwan cheese Dosa and Jini Dosa are some favorites and are scrumptious. They are offered with many types of chutney.
Falooda is a sweet dish presented in a glass. It consists of flavored milk, vermicelli, tapioca pearls and chunks of gelatin. Traditionally made with rose-flavored milk and garnished with rose syrup, it now has many variations. These days, one would even find a scoop of ice cream in the glass. This delightfully chilled glass of heaven is Mumbai version of a chocolate sundae.