The culinary culture of Mumbai goes beyond the fine-dining scene and explores the streets for its lip-smacking delicacies. The list of exciting and mouth-watering flavours found on the Mumbai streets is long. We at thesqua.re, have summarized the list for you and bring to you some of the best street-foods of Mumbai!
A very Indian version of a vegetarian burger; ‘Vada Pav’ is a fluffy bun packed with a fritter-stuffed mashed potato patty. Served with garnishes, chilies, garlic powder, and sweet & spicy chutneys- this grab-and-go snack is a delectable must-have for your Mumbai experience. Easy to find, several vendors sell a variety of options of the same. Our advice, go for the original version!
An assortment of vegetables brought together with spices on a griddle, this aromatic curry (bhaji) is a palate pleaser. Eaten with bread (Pav), this buttery delight is served with chopped onions and a squeeze of lemon juice. Dunk your bread in the goodness of the thick curry and you can thank us later. Pav bhaji can be found on any street in Mumbai, but try finding a stall on Juhu beach, serving the same.
One needs skills and a perfect-timing to eat this genius of a dish, that brings together crisp spheres with flavoured-water, that can get it squelchy within seconds! An absolute knockout, this street-food dish from Mumbai is a one-bite wonder stuffed with boiled potatoes, chickpeas, chutney (more or less on request) and spicy water. A party for your palette, this flavoursome street favourite can be found anywhere in Mumbai, but head towards Bandra for your first taste, or a stall in Chowpatty.
A ‘chaat’ made of puffed-rice crisps, thrown in with chopped vegetables and tamarind sauce, this homegrown street favourite is garnished with fried ‘sev’ (a dry-savoury) and fresh parsley. The piled-up goodness is a must-have in Mumbai. Easily found on the beaches in Mumbai, bhel-puri is a common all-day snack.
The minced-mutton mixed with spices (masalas) and served with ‘pav’ bread is another prevalent dish on the Mumbai street menu. The sides of onions, lemon and pickle make this non-vegetarian delight a crowd favorite! Olympia coffee house is a known name for serving the best keema pav in Mumbai. Served both in or with the bread, this relished street-dish is an experience for your taste buds.
The fragrant Indian carnivore burger, ‘Naan chaap’ is a meat-filled delight with a soft naan exterior, ready to sink in your teeth. The succulent meat (mutton) is cooked to perfection in a slow pressure-cooker with spices, sprinkled with chopped mint & coriander leaves, and stuffed in a soft naan bread. A treat for your tongue, this street-food pick is a scrumptious grab-and-go choice.
Baida (Egg) Roti
An appetizing parcel filled with scrambled eggs and minced meat, this stuffed parantha (crepe) is fried on a flat pan called tawa. The street-side snack packs in the warmth of an understanding of flavours that blend in together for a mouth-melting treat. As simple as it sounds, the complex flavours of this small package is an experience one cannot afford to miss.
We would like to conclude by saying, Mumbai is a city that loves to eat! A walk through the streets here will help you discover a never-ending list of options for foods to try. Luxury vacation rentals in Mumbaican place you anywhere within the radius of delicious food joints. thesqua.re’s list is just a beginner’s guide for your palette. Care for some more?