A huge aspect of culturally diverse Mumbai is the culinary experience the city offers. Mumbai boasts of variety If you are in the mood to tantalize your taste buds, fall in love with Mumbai all over again, find your excuse to ditch that diet, or are struggling to find what more does this city has on its menu- fellow foodie, you are at the right place! Mumbai, the city of dreams. Here you find Best Street Food.
Thousands come from far and wide into this land, in the search of love, acceptance, money, fame and what not. And all these people need a solid taste of Mumbai street food.of street foods that it puts on display and everyone, from billionaire to beggar relishes it.
Imagine a rainy day in college without the cutting chai and oh-god-so-good vada pav or a hectic day of street shopping without quick on-the-go snacks like some lip-smacking pav bhaji. Unimaginable, isn’t it? Street food in Mumbai is almost like the city’s identity.
While there are way too many contenders for this list, here’s presenting 10 top our favourite best street food in Mumbai –
1. 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
Also Try: Dahi Puri, Pani Puri, and Chinese Bhel
2. 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
Also Try: Samosa Pav, Kheema Pav, and Dabeli
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
Also Try: Tawa Pulao and Brun Maska (butter in bun)
4. Steamed Idlis and Vadas
Another famous street food in Mumbai for breakfast is Idli – Vada served with Sambhar and coconut chutney. Idlis are steamed batters of fermented black lentils and rice. Vadas, on the other hand, are savory fritter type snacks made using Lentils, chilies, onions, and curry patta leaves.
Where To Try: Udipi Idli House and Anand Bhawan on Dr. B R Ambedkar Road in Matunga East
5. Pani Puri
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). Elco Pani Puri centre in Bandra has a constant crowd because of their famous Pani Puri, widely considered the best in the city.
Where To Try: 2/A Elco Market, 46, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
One thing we can definitely be thankful to the Mughal kings is for introducing us to falooda. A modern twist to Faloodeh, which is a Persian dessert, falooda is made of vermicelli, rose syrup and sabza seeds in creamy, thick milk. A lot of its variants also have kulfi, making it the rapturous kulfi-falooda. There isn’t one falooda-fan in Mumbai who wouldn’t vouch for the creamy treat at Badshah in Crawford Street. With over 100 years of unrelenting service to its loyal customers, Badshah has become a landmark in itself. If you have a sweet tooth that doesn’t let you escape the allure of this refreshing dessert, you have to try the Badshahi and Royal Falooda at this iconic eatery.
Where To Try: Badshah, Crawford Street, Kalbadevi
Also Try: Juices and milkshakes at Bachelorr’s at Chowpatty Sea Face
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
Frankie is a famous street food in Mumbai. It is a juicy naan bread with egg coating, rolled with mutton/chicken stuffing. The vegetarian variant does not use egg coating. The stuffing is of paneer or potatoes.
Where To Try: Tibb’s Frankie outlets all over the city
Mohammed Ali Road – the street that never sleeps, all of its outlets are always packed with food enthusiasts, but kebab-a-holics have never failed to profess their undying love for Sarvis Seekh Kebabs. These kebabs, crisp on the outside and moist and juicy inside, have a tantalizing aroma that will blow your mind , before finally melting in your mouth . It is definitely a must-visit for all non-veg lovers out there.
Where To Try: Sarvi ,Mohammed Ali Roa
10. Baida roti
This one is an interesting envelope. Spiced meat — chicken or minced mutton, even bheja (brain) — and whipped eggs with masala-fied fried onions enveloped in square-shaped dough and pan fried. Though served with sliced onion rings and green chutney, they’re delicious even without accompaniment.
Where To Try: Bademiyan on Tulloch Road in Colaba
Also Try: Chicken Bhuna Roll, Kebabs, and Rumali Roti at Bademiyan