Mumbai, the city of dreams. Thousands come from far and wide into this land, in the search of love, acceptance, money, fame and what not.
We often talk about fancy restaurants and their delectable menus. From Italian pastas to Japanese Sushi.
Undoubtedly, these pricey restaurants serve delicious dishes, but sometimes they can be really expensive for your pockets. That’s when these two words come to your rescue- Street Food.
Be it any place in India, every city has a specialty, a street food variety that represents the city. Mumbai is arguably the street food paradise of India
I have been a part of Mumbai since more than two decades now. When I was a kid, Vada pav (the famous street food of Mumbai) was my alltime favorite food as its tasty and pocket friendly. Then year after years, I started developing taste for other street foods of Mumbai.
In this post I have shortlisted the famous, budget friendly and ridiculously must – try street food of Mumbai.
These flavors, colors, and textures create dishes that pop in your mouths without burdening your pockets.
So, without further ado, let us have a look at the smorgasbord of street food in Mumbai.
If you have a favorite street food or outlet in Mumbai, please share it by leaving a comment.
Vada pav, sometimes spelled Wada Pav or Vada Pav or Wada Pao, is a vegetarian fast food dish.
Vada Pav, or the Poor Man’s Burger, is among the top Mumbai street food dishes.
It is essentially a bun bread (pav) and a fritter(vada) stuffed with mashed potato. The dish is served with spicy and sweet chutneys, fried chilies, and garlic powder chutney.
Popular Variants: Schezwan, cheese, and grilled Vada Pav
It is a crispy and spicy Indian snack which has an crisp outer layer made of maida and rich filling of mashed potato, peas and spices.
It is served with red or green chutneys.
Popular Variants: Sadha Samosa, Punjabi Samosa
This Maharashtrain dish is a mix of curry, topped with potato bhaaji(vegitable), chopped onions, and tomato. This hot and spicy street food of Mumbai is eaten with bread (pav) , lemon and yogurt.
Another popular Mumbai street food is the Pav Bhaaji. An assortment of mashed vegetables cooked with spices and seasonings (bhaaji) is served with bun bread (pav) heated on a pan. Butter is applied on the bun.
The Bombay Sandwich is a street food of Mumbai with a combination of most unlikely ingredients.
It consists of three buttered white bread slices with slices of beetroot, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, onion rings, and mint chutney between them. The sandwich also comes with a toasted variant.
Ragda Pattice is a combination of ragda – soft and spicy rugged flavored chick peas – and pattice – deep fried patties of mashed potatoes. The ragda is crushed with pattice and finely chopped onions, tamarind sauce, and green chutney is poured on it.
Steamed idlis are rice cakes.
Idlis are steamed batters of fermented black lentils and rice.
Deemed as one of the healthiest, nutritious simple food items.
Medu Vadas, on the other hand, are savory fritter type snacks made using Lentils, chilies, onions, and curry patta leaves.
Mumbaikars love our “Pav” or bread rolls. Another prevalent dish in Mumbai is Kheema Pav. It is Pav with a dish of minced meat that is cooked in spices. It is served with many sides, like lemons, onions, and pickles.
A staple South Indian dish, Dosa is a thin pancake-like food that is made of fermented rice batter.
Well, this dish has left its mark all over the country and Mumbai particularly.
The collection and variety offered in Mumbai when it comes to Dosa is tremendous. Chinese Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa, Schezwan cheese Dosa and Jini Dosa are some favorites and are scrumptious. They are offered with many types of chutney.
Falooda is a sweet dish presented in a glass. It consists of flavored milk, vermicelli, tapioca pearls and chunks of gelatin.
Traditionally made with rose-flavored milk and garnished with rose syrup, it now has many variations.
These days, one would even find a scoop of ice cream in the glass. This delightfully chilled glass of heaven is Mumbai version of a chocolate sundae.
Known by different names in different parts of India, Pani Puri is one street snack that is popular everywhere.
This blissful dish consists of a round, hollow fried crisp Puri that is stuffed with a mixture of chickpeas, potatoes, spices, tamarind chutney and most importantly spicy water made of chili, Pani.
There is nothing more divine that the burst of flavor in your mouth when you chew on the Puri and let the ingredients inside it do the magic (you can eat an entire Puri in one bite, it’s that small).
Dabeli is a very popular snack from the Gujarati cuisine,Dabeli is a fantastic spicy snack made by mixing boiled potatoes with a special Dabeli Masala and putting the mixture between the Ladi pav (burger bun) and served with delicious chutneys made from tamarind, dates.
Among the vegetarian dishes of street food in Mumbai, Bhel Puri and Sev Puri are the most popular ones. Bhel Puri is a Marathi Chaat made out of puffed rice, vegetables, and a tangy tamarind sauce.
Sev Puri is another chaat essentially made of Puri loaded with diced potatoes, onions, 3 chutneys (tamarind, chili, and garlic), and topped with sev (small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste).
It is seasoned with raw mango or a hint of lemon and chaat masala.
Onion pakoda or onion pakora are deep fried snack that are made with chickpea flour, salt, light spices and the main ingredient onions.
It is a perfect snack on a rainy day with hot tea or coffee along with mint chutney or Ketchup.
I hope this post was sufficient enough to motivate you to try these yummy dishes when you are in Mumbai.
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