Street Food Mumbai: The history of food in Mumbai is equivalent to the city’s growth. Mumbai emerged from a fishing village to a Megalopolis, Metro as its popularly known.
Street food in Mumbai and its variety have evolved over the years.
There are waves of immigrants 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 stuffed with a mixture of chickpeas, potatoes, spices, tamarind chutney, and most importantly, mouthwatering spicy water – Pani.
Cost – Rs. 30 per plate
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 and spices.
It is served with sweet and spicy chutneys, fried chilies, and powdered garlic chutney. Mumbai boasts of more than 50,000 Vada Paav stalls.
Cost – Rs. 15 per vada pav.
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 mouthwatering flavors.
If you want to relish the best Paav bhaji Mumbai offers, head to Cannon Paav Bhaji joint near CST railway station.
Cost – Rs. 50 per plate.
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.
Cost – Rs. 50 per veg roll and Rs. 80 for non-veg roll
05. Bhel Puri
Want to taste the best Bhel Puris, head straight to Mumbai beaches.
Made from puffed rice, tomatoes, onions, spices, tamarind sauce, and 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 more.
Cost – Rs. 30 per serving
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 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.
Cost – Rs. 50 per dosa on average as there are many varieties
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.
Cost – Rs. 150 per plate (Around 2 to 3 Kebab sticks)
The Englishmen would have never imagined that Mumbaikars would revamp their breakfast. Two slices of bread are stuffed with edibles between them.
The hordes of chutney offered along with Mayo, butter, cheese, and other endless possibilities give Mumbai’s sandwiches their distinctness. Both veg and non-veg options are available with many more varieties.
Cost – Rs. 30 to 50 per sandwich
09. Kheema Paav
I think you already have enough of Paav (Bread); wait for Kheema Paav. A pav served with finely minced meat cooked in spices is Kheema Paav for you.
Cost – Rs. 150 per plate
Served along with onion, lemon, and pudina. Kheema Paav is yet another light and pocket-friendly dish to savor your taste buds.
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. This is one of the best Street food in Mumbai.
Cost – Rs. 70 to 150 per glass of Falooda
11. Misal Pav
Maharashtra’s most famous dish is misal pav. It is made up of misal and pav. It is finished with farsan, sev, onions, and lemon.
It’s usually served warm with bread, rolls, buttermilk o,r papad, and toasted with butter, buttermilk, or dahi. It can be served hot as a breakfast or snack, but it also makes a great side dish.
Cost – Rs. 50 per plate
12. Chat Puri
Chat puri, also known as papdi putri, is a deep-fried flat disc snack made from all-purpose flour (maida) and spices. It is often used in chaat recipes and as an evening snack. This recipe will show you how to fry papdi Putri quickly. You can store it in an airtight container for several months. It has a long shelf life.
Original chaat is made with potato pieces, crispy fried bread, Dahi vada, Dahihalla, chickpeas, and tangy, salty spices. Garnished with saunth (dried ginger, tamarind sauce), fresh coriander leaves, yogurt, and other popular variations like alu tikkis and samosa
Cost – Rs. 40 per plate
13. Ragda Pattice
Ragda patties are a combination of mashed potato patties with pea sauce. It is part of the street food culture in Maharashtra, India. It’s similar to chole-Tikki, which is more popular in North India. This popular street food is also available at Indian fast food restaurants.
Ragda Chaat Recipe is a delicious and easy recipe made with dried white peas, safed matar, and spices.
Ragda in Mumbai is served with Ragda patties, a popular chaat snack. Ragda patties are as famous as Bhhel Puri, Sevpuri, Misal Pav, and Pav Bhaji.
Cost – Rs. 30 per plate
14. Kanda Poha
Kanda Poha, a delicious and filling breakfast made from Maharashtrian cuisine using beaten Rice, is mouthwatering. This street food is popular in Mumbai and is well-known beyond Maharashtra. Maharashtrian style Kanda Poha is quick and straightforward to prepare.
Poha is not a native English word. The term “flattened” rice was created for poha by Anglo-Indians. It can be described as a rice flake. Corn-flakes are made from corn, while poha and chira/chiwda are made of rice.
Cost – Rs. 30 per plate
Double roti, Kutchi dabeli, or dabeli is popular Indian snack food. It originated in Gujarat’s Kutch and Kachchh regions. This sweet snack is made from boiled potatoes and a unique dabeli mixture. The mixture is then placed in a ladi Pav (burger bun) and served with chutneys made of tamarind, garlic, red chilies, and other ingredients. You can garnish it with pomegranate seeds and roasted peanuts.
Dabeli in Gujarati means “pressed.” Keshavji Chudasama, also known as Kesha Mamalam, is believed to have invented the dish. He was a Kutch resident in Mandvi during the 1960s. When he started his business, he sold dabeli for one anna or six paise. A later generation of his family still runs the Mandvi shop. Apart from Mandvi, authentic dabeli masala is made in the Kutch region.
Cost – Rs. 25 per Dabeli