Street Food in Mumbai: Exotic Tastes to Indulge

Street Food in Mumbai: Exotic Tastes to Indulge

Kirati Thaker | November 24, 2019 |

Bite, gulp, slurp, hoard. Yes, that's right. Foods in Mumbai do give you tempting feelings. George Bernard Shaw once said, "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." Indeed, foodies have true love and fantasy.

Mumbai - the City that never sleeps has a list of things for those filled with wanderlust. From wildlife to green lush scenes, from historical forts to idyllic and pristine sea waters, Mumbai has everything, for everyone. Be it a vacation or a short weekend escapade, the city with vibrant lights offers a plethora of things to do for a perfect holiday experience. Some of the best things to experience are the street foods in Mumbai.

The cultural diversity of the city can be experienced in the culinary richness that Mumbai offers in the fusional form of foods like South Indian, Continental, Gujarati, Maharashtrian, and lots more cuisines. 

The best street foods in Mumbai comprises of cutting chai, lip-smacking vada pav, spicy missal pav, pasta, pizza, ragda pattice and lots more. If you are in a good mood to tantalize and rejuvenate your tastes, then find excuses to ditch your strict diet plan, as its time to indulge in some of the best street foods in Mumbai.

1. Vada Pav: Prominently known as Poor Man's Burger, Bun Vada or Vada Pav is one of the most preferred street foods in Mumbai. Mouth-watering vada pav consists of potato fritter, bun bread and Indian fusion of spicy chutneys. Anand Vada Pav Stall in Vile Parle West and Bhau Cha Vada Pav in Ghatkopar West are the best places to try out Vada Pav.

 

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2 Pav Bhaaji: Pav Bhaaji is another prominent Mumbai street food to try out. It is the finest fusion of mashed vegetables, Indian spices, and chutneys. If you are very hungry and with to explore street food in Mumbai during the night, then Pav Bhaaji filled with butter and parsley leaves is an ideal option. Satiate your temptation at Cannon Pav Bhaaji Stall near CST Station and Laalta Pav Bhaaji in Ghatkopar East.

 

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3. Bhel Puri: Among all the street foods of Mumbai, finger-licking Bhel Puri, and Sev Puri are some of the most popular dishes in Mumbai. Bhel Puri is delicious and yummy authentic Maharashtrian Chat, which is prepared by puffed rice, Indian chutneys, and vegetables. It is one of the most preferred dishes to satiate your hunger.

 

4. Sev Puri : Another popular dish is Sev Puri. It is another exciting chaat made up of Puris overloaded with the fusion of Indian chutneys, generally made up of chili, tamarind, garlic and generally topped with crunchy yellow sev. It is garnished with raw mango, Chaat Masala and few drops of lemon. Try out sev puri and chaat dishes at Badshah's located at Girgaon Chaupati and Sharmajee's Stall.

 

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5. Misal Pav: Quintessentially a piquant dish from Pune, Misal Pav is a yummy dish with the finest fusion of lentils, poha, potato bhaaji topping, chopped onions and lots more. This spicy and hot street food of Mumbai, is generally served with Indian bread or Butter Bun. It is indeed a healthier food option. Kick start your day with this healthy and sumptuous breakfast. Try out the delish Misal Pav at Mamledar Kacheri Stall in Thane West. 

 

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6. Bombay Sandwich: Unusual with a unique combination of potatoes, vegetables, Indian chutneys, and butter, the Bombay Sandwich is one of the most famous street food in Mumbai. It comes in various forms like Toast Sandwich filled with liquid cheese, butter, potato stuff, and chutneys. Moreover, try out Cheese Masala Sandwich, Grilled Sandwich, and similar kinds to satiate your cravings. Try out the delicious dish at Mafco Farm Fair on the Worli Sea Face and any sandwich corner of Mumbai.

 

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7. Frank Roll: Known as a modernized version of Roti and Sabji, Frank Roll is ideal street food in Mumbai you can always go for. It is a juicy Tandoori Roti or Naan stuffed with butter, mayonnaise, cottage cheese, and tangy sauce. You can hog down the frank roll whenever you have hunger cravings at night or day. Try out Odeon Cinemax Frankie Stall in Ghatkopar and Tibb's Frankie all over Mumbai.

 

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8. Akuri: Are you an egg lover? Then Akuri is the authentic dish for you. It is a spicy Parsi cuisine made with scrambled eggs. It is made up of the spices, fried onions, ginger, chopped chillis, black pepper and lots more. It is generally consumed with Bun or Indian bread like Paratha. Moreover, you can always try out Bharuchi Akuri garnished with raisins as well as cashewnuts. It is one of the most royal street foods in Mumbai. Eat Akuri at Khyani & Co. in Marine Lines as well as Jimmy Boy near Horniman Circle. 

 

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9. Kanda Poha: Easy to make street food Kanda Poha is one of the tastiest snacks consumed in Mumbai. It is generally made from onions, locally known as Kanda, flaked rice, locally known Poha, chopped potatoes, peas, and green chilies.  The tempting fusion in Kanda Poha is garnished with fresh parsley, juice and mustard seeds. Go out and try Kanda Poha at Shree Shuddh Shahahari Upahar Gruh in Vashi. 

 

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10. Falooda: Winter is here and yes, its time for Falooda. Known as Indo Persian dessert, it is the finest and royal drink of vermicelli mixed with rich almonds, milk, rose syrup, pistachios, basil seeds and finally, ice cream used as a topping. It is one of the perfect street foods in Mumbai and try out the Falooda at Badshah in Crawford Market or Baba Falooda in Mahim.

 

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11. Steamed Idlis and Medu vadas: South Indian delicacies are something to fall in love at first bite. South Indian Idlis are basically a steamed batter of rice and black lentils.  Whereas Vadas or Medu Vadas are spicy fried fritters made from the rich fusion of lentils. They both are generally served with coconut chutney, red Chutneys and sambhar (Indian Dal made from garlic and onion). Grab the yummy Idlis and Medu Vadas at Arya Bhavan in Matunga, Malgudi in Andheri and Udipi outlets in Mumbai.

 

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12. Dosa: A well known South Indian staple dish, Dosa is a thin pancake prepared with the help of rice batter. Street Food in Mumbai has various items but, Dosa is all the unique snacks for sudden hunger. There are various kinds of dosa like Mysore Masala Dosa, Cheese Mayonnaise Dosa, Paneer Chily Dosa, Cheese Burst Dosa, Jini Dosa, and lot more varieties. You can eat the luxury Dosas at Khau Gali in Ghatkopar East, Pure Milk Centre in Ghatkopar East Vikrant Circle.

 

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13. Dabeli: Dabeli is a famous food in the bewitching Mumbai streets. For all those who love the snacking and evening bites, this is an ideal one. The bun is roasted with butter and garlic red Indian chutney, mashed potatoes with authentic Dabeli mixture and spicy peanuts and Nylon sev gives you ultimate eating pleasure. Moreover, you can always add a fusion of three chutneys and pomegranate.  Grab your ideal Dabeli from Matunga Dabeli Stall in Matunga East.

 

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So, folks, these were some of the best street foods in Mumbai. Still, wish to eat more? Then go out, explore the beautiful city of Mumbai and just grab your favorite packet of street food. Happy Biting!

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Kirati Thaker