10 MUST TRY DELICACIES OF STREET FOOD
The cultural diversity of Mumbai can be seen in the culinary richness that the city offers in the form of street food with Muslim, Gujarati, South Indian, Parsi, and Maharashtran influences. 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.
1. Vada Pav
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
Where To Try: Anand Vada Pav Stall and Parleshwar Vada Pav Samrat in Vile Parle West
2. Misal Pav
Quintessentially from Pune, the dish is a mix of curried lentils, topped with potato bhaaji, poha, chivada, chopped onions, and tomato. This hot and spicy street food of Mumbai is eaten with pav and yogurt.
Where To Try: Mamledar Kacheri at Naupada in Thane West
3. Pav Bhaaji
Another popular Bombay 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.
Where To Try: Cannon Pav Bhaji on Dadabhaji Naoroji Road near CST
4. Bhel Puri and Sev Puri
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.
Where To Try: Sharmajee’s and Badshah’s at Girgaon Chaupati Beach at Marina Drive
5. Batata Vada
Batata Vada, popularly known as Aloo Bonda, is a popular Mumbai street food that consists of potato mash patty coated with deep-fried chick pea flour. Salt, turmeric, and red chili powder seasonings are added and the dish is served with green chutney and fried green chilies.
Where To Try: Shrikrishna in Dadar Market
6. Ragda Pattice
A popular street food in Mumbai, 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.
Where To Try: Kailash Parbat at Sheela Mahal in Colaba
7. Bombay Sandwich
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.
Where To Try: Mafco Farm Fair on Worli Sea Face and Sandwich Wallah outside Xavier’s College in VT
8. Akuri On Toast
Akuri, a popular street food of Mumbai, is a spicy scrambled egg Parsi dish flavored with fried onions, ginger, coriander, chopped chilies, and black pepper. It is traditionally eaten with bread toast.
Where To Try: Khyani & Co. in Marine Lines and Jimmy Boy on Bank Street near Horniman Circle
9. Baida Roti
Baida Roti, a popular Bombay street food, is a square shaped fried patty of spiced meat (chicken, mutton, or mutton brain) with whipped eggs and onions.
Where To Try: Bademiyan on Tulloch Road in Colaba
10. Zunka Bhakar
Zhunka Bhakar is a popular street food in Mumbai. It is made using chopped onions heated with mustard seeds, curry patta leaves and chick pea flour. It is eated with jowar roti (bhakri).
Where To Try: Stalls opposite CST and BMC Headquarters