‘The City of Dreams’ is known for its bustling food culture that has the locals and tourists asking for more. Here’s a list of some must-have street foods from the charming nook & cranny of Mumbai’s by lanes.
Vada Pav and Mumbai are synonymous. Every Mumbaikar’s prized possession, these potato patties mashed with chilies, garlic and coriander taste simply amazing. The delicacies are dipped in chickpea flour and thereafter fried to golden. What’s more, the story of taste does not end here as it comes loaded with a plate of rock-salt sprinkled fried green chilies.
Where to try it: Aram Batata Vada, Capital Cinema Building, Opposite CST Station
A thick mash of many vegetables – potato, cauliflower, peas, capsicum, carrot, fine ginger & garlic together, this local dish is popular among all ages for its rich & flavourful consistency. Cooked on a large flat pan called tawa, its served hot and laden with a small scoop of butter on top to lend it a sweet, luxurious taste. Two slices of bread “pav” also toasted with butter are served alongside, with finely chopped onion, & slices of lime for a complete meal.
Where to try it: Sardar’s, 166-A Tardeo Road Junction, Tulsiwadi, near Tardeo bus depot
Sev Puri, Dahi Puri, Pani Puri Chaat
These Gujarati specialties are absolute must-haves for the mish-mash of flavours & textures. Light, nutritious, and served with an array of ingredients, these come in many variants. Crispy puris are served with boiled chickpeas, mashed potato, sprouts, small pieces of raw mango, finely chopped onion & tomato, boiled corn, sprinkled with sev, and generously laden with tamarind chutney, coriander chutney and in case of dahi puri with cool yogurt.
Where to try it: Swati Snacks, 248, Karai Estate, Opposite Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo Road & Elco Market, 46 Hill Road, Bandra West
Who says street food doesn’t deserve dessert? Served in a tall glass, falooda is made up of vermicelli noodles, dried fruit and nuts, rose syrup and sabja seeds (sweet basil seeds). For added sweetness opt for the kulfi falooda, which comes with a blob of rich local ice cream known as kulfi.
Where to try it: Haji Ali Juice Center, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill