Mumbai street foods are pretty famous – so famous that they are available outside Mumbai as well. There are several dishes that originated in Mumbai but are now available all over India. Then again, there are some dishes that started out as a housewife’s ingenuity to use leftover vegetables and have become gourmet level food all over the country. So, without much ado, we list the top five Mumbai street foods that you need to taste.
- Vada Pav:
The dish originated in Mumbai, India, and went on to carve a legacy of its own all over the country. Vadapav is now popular as the Mumbai burger. It’s spicy potato batter soaked in batter and then deep-fried, served between sliced uneven bread. It’s spicy and stomach filling – and what’s more, one can have it on the go.
The Dabeli is the vada pav’s sweet cousin. This is a mishmash of vegetables, ladled with fruits, served between sliced uneven bread. The dabeli is famous not just in Mumbai but in Gujarat and some parts of Rajasthan as well. Though not available all around Mumbai, like the vada-pav, it has been around for at least three decades. The dabeli is a stark difference from the potato-based vada pav.
- Mysore Masala Dosa:
While the sada dosa and the masala dosa have their own following, it’s the Mysore Masala Dosa that is the most popular among South Indian street food here. This is a mish-mash of potatoes, spices, and vegetables, fried in tomato puree, and then served with sada dosa that’s fried in butter. In some cases, hawkers wrap the mishmash in the sada dosa and then serve it to their customers. Either way, it’s a lip-smacking Mumbai street food that’s hard to miss.
- Pav Bhaji:
The dish that inspired a movie and is available out of Mumbai as Mumbai Pav Bhaji, is the quintessential part of growing up in Mumbai. If the vada-pav was the office goer’s favorite, the pav bhaji is the favorite of the families out for an evening. The pav bhaji is again, a mishmash of several vegetables – with chefs saying add any leftovers you have in your house, fried in spices and condiments. The thick slurry is served with uneven Indian bread.
The Sandwich has been around for two decades as the go-to street food in Mumbai and is today available in various avatars, right from toast sandwiches to just potatoes, tomatoes, and butter between two slices of bread. It’s a common dish for the young and hep office goers to gorge on, those who think that the deep-fried potatoes aren’t very hygienic.
These are the top five street foods of Mumbai. Do you think we have missed one? Tell us in the comments section. Want more content like this? Make it a point to visit us at www.bechuzi.com