Street Food Mumbai: The history of food in Mumbai is equivalent to the growth of the city itself. Mumbai emerged from a fishing village to a Megalopolis, Metro as its popularly known.
Street food in Mumbai and the variety it offers have evolved over the years.
There are waves of immigrants coming from all over the country trying to make a living in this big city. They bring with them various culinary treasures to relish.
Here are the top street foods that everyone from billionaires to beggars relishes.
01 Pani Puri
Want to taste something heavenly? Try this lip-smacking street snack. Known by various names throughout India, this blissful dish is a burst of flavors in your mouth.
It consists of round, hallow crisp fried puris that are stuffed with a mixture of chickpeas, potatoes, spices, tamarind chutney, and most importantly, mouth-watering spicy water – Pani.
02 Vada Paav
Known as a poor man’s burger, the Vada Paav can be found in every nook and corner of Mumbai.
Paav stands for Indian bread bun, and Vada is a mixture of boiled potatoes crisply fried along with spices.
It is served with sweet and spicy chutneys, fried chilies, and garlic powdered chutney. Mumbai boasts of more than 50,000 Vada Paav stalls.
03 Paav Bhaaji
An assortment of various mashed and cooked vegetables and seasonal spices and seasonings, Paav Bhaji, is an evergreen favorite!
Served in a tray with onions, lemons, and a dollop of butter, you can never get enough of its mouth-watering flavors.
Want to relish the best Paav bhaji Mumbai has to offer, head to Cannon Paav Bhaji joint near CST railway station.
It is impossible to have never heard of Frankie when in Mumbai. Mumbai boasts of being the birthplace of this dish.
It was created by Mr. Amarjit Tibb, who was heavenly inspired by the Lebanese style pita bread wraps when he visited Beirut.
Frankie consists of flour wraps filled with Mutton, Chicken, eggs, mashed potatoes, and spicy sauces.
05 Bhel Puri
Want to taste the best Bhel Puris, head straight to Mumbai beaches.
Made from puffed rice, tomatoes, onions, spices, tamarind sauce, coriander leaves. It is a flavorful delicacy that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It’s impossible to have enough of this dish, and it leaves you wanting for more.
Originally a South Indian delicacy, this dish has made its way into every Mumbaikar’s heart and home.
Made from a fermented rice batter, this round and the crispy dish is often served with coconut chutney, tomato chutney and pudina chutney, and Sambar.
The list of Dosa’s is never-ending. Ranging from plain dosa to Schezwan Dosa, Chinese Dosa, American Choupsey Dosa, Masala Dosa, and the newest Chocolate Dosa.
Head to Nandu’s in Mumbai to relish the flavorful delicacy.
Now let’s take about some non-vegetarian delights. Head straight to Mohammad Ali Road to feast on smoking skewered Kebabs.
Nothing else will soothe your desire for the best non-vegetarian cuisine other than the varieties of Kebabs offered, ranging from fish to mutton and chicken.
Chunks of meat are marinated and grilled on charcoal giving birth to its distinct smokiness.
The Englishmen would have never imagined that Mumbaikars will revamp their breakfast.
Basically, two slices of bread are stuffed with edibles between them.
What gives Mumbai’s sandwiches its distinctness is the hordes of chutney’s offered along with Mayo, butter, cheese, and other endless possibilities.
09 Kheema Paav
I think you have enough of Paav (Bread) already; wait for Kheema Paav. A paav served along with finely minced meat cooked in spices is Kheema Paav for you.
Enough of spice-loaded dishes, right? How about some sweet and colorful Falooda.
Served in a glass bowl along with vermicelli, milk, tapioca pearls, and various flavors. A scoop of ice cream is like a cherry on top of a cake.
Garnished with rose syrup and chunks of dried fruit and nuts, Falooda is heaven served in a glass.