I visited Mumbai city, considered to be India’s financial hub. It is also stated to be the ‘city that never sleeps’. The Queen’s Necklace is a favorite spot among locals and travelers alike at night for its glittering lights. But the street foods of Mumbai attract food lovers in huge numbers to try out several delicacies. Although there is not much presentation, the food served here is just fabulous.
1. Vada Pav
This is one of the most commonly sold food items in Mumbai. You can find them almost in any street that you pass by. It is also locally called the ‘Mumbai vegetarian burger’. It comprises mashed potatoes mixed with a variety of spices. It is then deep-fried and packed within a fluffy, white bun, garnished with varieties of spices and chutneys for seasoning. The chutney is what makes this pav interesting. Fried chilies provide a kick of flavor and heat.
Ashok Vada Pav close to Kriti College Dadar is the place to be to have legendary versions.
2. Sev Puri
The Chaat comprises several savory snacks prepared in India. I have consumed different types, with Mumbai sev puri being my personal favorites. There is a flat puri, essential a small round chip that is topped with onions, mashed potatoes, sev, cilantro, chili sauces, tamarind and garlic. It provides an amazing balance of flavor. A handful of sev is then sprinkled on the top of the sev puri along with some green sour mango bits.
Some places to try are Sadguru (Chembur) and Shiv Sagar (they have branches at Vile Parle, Churchgate, Juhu and Bandra West).
This is another street food commonly found along the beaches of Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty. It comprises puffed rice with sev, mixed with tomatoes, onions, potatoes, cilantro and different types of chutneys. The crunchy snack is sweet spicy and tangy from the sauces introduced, with an amazing balance of flavor.
Om Sai Sagar Chaat Centre at Juhu Beach is a popular spot to consume tasty bhelpuri.
4. Rolls & Kebabs
Mumbai boasts of having several legendary restaurants offering delicious rolls and kebabs. My personal favorite is Mumbai Bhuna rolls. Boneless chicken is cooked properly in gravy filled with a variety of spices. Then it is wrapped in freshly prepared rumali roti (a thin roti quite similar to that of a tortilla). It is the perfect and flavorful late-night snack for those who love non-vegetarian foods.
Bademiya in Colaba is the place to be to enjoy the delicious kebabs and rolls.
5. Pav Bhaji
The pav bhaji is considered to be native to Mumbai and a favorite among the locals consumed in-between meals, lunch and dinner. It is an orange-red mixture of cooked vegetables comprising potatoes, cauliflower, beans, onions, peas, tomatoes and carrots. Then, it is topped with grated cheese or butter in thin layers or both. It is served with generously buttered and lightly toasted buttered bun (pav). The spicy bhaji and buttery pav are just an irresistible combination.
Tardeo (Sardar Pav Bhaji) is the best place to be to enjoy this.
There are a whole lot of street foods to try out in Mumbai and the above is a mere beginning.