When it comes to binging on food, nothing can beat the spicy, tangy, sweet, sour delicacies on the streets of Mumbai. Street food in Mumbai is one of the most sought-after things to do for any traveler. It is a potpourri of flavors ready to burst on your tongue and a foodie’s absolute delight! From Pav Bhaji to Pani Puri to Falooda, there is no dearth of dishes to explore. It is said that the real essence of any place lies in its streets. So, what are you waiting for? Gorge on the street food in Mumbai and see what this city is all about!
Let’s satiate our taste buds with some of the best dishes from the streets of Mumbai.
19 Street Food Dishes From Mumbai
- Pav Bhaji
- Sev Puri
- Pani Puri- Vodka Pani Puri at Pratap Da Dhaba
- Misal Pav
- Bombay Sandwich
- Vada Pav
- Batata Vada
- Ragda Pattice
- Akuri on Toast
- Baida Roti
- Kanda Poha
- Zunka Bhakar
- Veg Kolhapuri
- Keema Pav
1. Pav Bhaji
A spicy amalgamation of chopped, boiled and mashed vegetables mixed with spices, Pav Bhaji is the best street food in Mumbai. With a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped onions, it is sold majorly by hawkers but is also available in hotels. Served with a bun, called Pav in Hindi, Pav Bhaji is a prime dish for people craving something spicy yet filling.
2. Sev Puri
One of the chaat dishes in Mumbai, Sev Puri is a snack you would want to eat when there is an absolute craving for food. Toppings of chopped tomatoes, onions and boiled potatoes sprinkled with spicy, sweet chutney and garnished with semolina i.e Sev, served on a flat Puri – that’s Sev Puri for you and you have to eat one puri in a go! The crunch and the flavors are just out of this world, much wow!
3. Pani Puri- Vodka Pani Puri at Pratap Da Dhaba
A dish with a lot of names in plenty of different places, Pani Puri is a dish that soothes every Mumbaikars soul. A dish, you never have to make plans for, you just have to go, order a plate and relish the aftertaste. A round puri filled with mashed potatoes and chickpeas is dipped in a sweet liquid of tamarind and jaggery, then in another mix of mint and coriander – you can imagine the taste! Pani Puri is a dish for which Mumbaikars have duels and believe it or not, there are champions crowned every day at a thelawalas. So, how many Pani Puris can you down?
4. Misal Pav
Maharashtra is best known by the dish of Vada Pav, but Misal Pav should be made the state dish. True to its Maharashtrian roots, Misal Pav is not for the faint-hearted. The spicy meter for this dish is pretty high but you do have the option to opt for a less spicy version. This dish is a healthy mix of sprout beans which are then added to ‘Tari’, a cooked liquid mixture of red chili powder and a lot of oil. After the beans are added they are topped with raw, chopped onions, coriander, and crunchy farsan. This is served with Pav.
There is one whole street in Mumbai dedicated to non-vegetarian street food called the Mohammad Ali road. Head over to experience the ultimate food extravaganza! This street never sleeps and is always open with stalls serving juicy meat delicacies and is the one dish which stands out. Freshly prepared and cooked on skewers, this dish has a juicy taste and alluring aroma. Head on in the early hours of the evening as these Kebabs tend to sell out fast.
6. Bombay Sandwich
This Indian version of a sandwich can give a run to any kind of sandwich in the world. A countless number of variations from Cheese Garlic Sandwich, to Masala Toast to Aloo Cheese Toast to Grilled Sandwich, this is a go-to dish for your hunger pangs. A spread of Mint and coriander chutney, with another layer of tomato sauce, topped with sliced vegetables of your choice, but commonly onion rings, boiled potatoes, beetroot with grated cheese. It is then grilled or toasted as per your choice and served hot with chutney and sauce.
7. Vada Pav
Originally known as the Poor Man’s Burger, Vada Pav is one iconic dish which you will find at every nook and cranny of this city. In fact, the identity of Mumbai’s street food is through this dish. A potato patty with a mix of ginger and garlic is coated with besan batter and deep fried. One fried patty is placed in a bun and slathered with garlic and chilli dry chutney, green mint chutney and chopped onions. It is served with fried green chillies if you want to spice it up. This is a fast snack you can pick up anywhere and eat on the go if you do not have the time to enjoy it a leisure.
Heard of the phrase ‘Chai aur Bhajiya’? This is a phrase every Mumbaikar lives by when monsoons arrive. Pouring rains, a hot cup of tea paired with a plate of steaming hot Bhajiyas. This is how a rainy day looks like in Mumbai. Chai and Bhajiya are a match made in heaven. Also known as Pakora, the onion Bhaiyas is an absolute favourite. Other than that, potato bhajiyas, moong daal bhajiya are worth a try too! These Bhajiyas are served with fried green chillies and a hot cuppa of Indian Tea.
Originating from the desert plains of Kutch in Gujarat, this dish has found a humble home in Mumbai. Dabeli or Kutchi Dabeli is a mix of mashed potatoes sweetened with tamarind and jaggery chutney, spices and authentic Dabeli masala. This masala is then stuffed into a Pav, topped with salty and spicy peanuts, chopped onion, chopped red cherries, red chilly chutney and then is roasted on a tawa. This dish tastes both spicy and sweet at the same time and the peanuts add a nutty flavour to it.
10. Batata Vada
It is basically mashed potato fries with a Mumbai twist. Potatoes are mashed and mixed with an assortment of spices and onions and then deep-fried. It is served with a side of chutneys like mint chutney and even raita. Chickpeas are also added and the gramflour coating makes for a crunchy exteriors. You can also ask the vendor to make you a really spicy version. It is also very filling at the same time. Dadar Market is the best place to get it.
11. Ragda Pattice
Ragda, a base made of chickpeas and Pattice, a soft bread of potatoes, form the principal elements of this popular street food. The ragda is finely mashed and mixed with spices and potatoes and the onion and chillies add extra flavor. It is then sprinkled generously with coriander leaves. It is one of the most popular foods for those returning to office late as this is very filling. The best place to get it is Kailash Parbat in Colaba.
It is truly difficult to find a Mumbai street food more delicious than the Frankie. Crispy parathas or naans coated in eggs and then stuffed with chicken or mutton or any other meat of your choice, the Frankie is the go- to food for any Mumbaikar. The vegetarian version does not have any eggs and consists of paneer or potatoes. Everything is rolled into the naan and the entire thing is very handy to carry, so even if you are on the go, this is the best way to satisfy your hunger without skipping meal. The Tibb’s outlets are one of the best places to get it.
13. Akuri on Toast
It is basically a Parsi dish and is a kind of scrambled eggs on toast, but spicier. It is mixed with spices, ginger, pepper, onions and chilies and is found in joints where people relish it with a hot cup of chai. It is a popular evening snack item and is found in almost all the cafes of Mumbai. The best place to get it is Jimmy Boy on Bank Street.
14. Baida Roti
This fried patty stuffed with meat is just what you need when your stomach is growling with hunger. This is one of the best non- vegetarian items that you can find in the city. The patties themselves are coated with eggs and onions and are extremely flavorful. The roadside shops in Colaba are one of the best places to get it.
15. Kanda Poha
It is like regular poha but has onions in it, which makes it tastier. Flaked or beaten rice is mixed with an assortment of spices and tangy items like tamarind syrup and then mixed with onions and chilies. It is light and filling at the same time and is very low on calories so you may gorge on street food without feeling guilty. You can get some of the best in the city in the eateries of Lokmanya Tilak Market.
16. Zunka Bhakar
Bhakar here is roti or bread made from jowar, a kind of millet. It is eaten with Zunka, which is a side of onions roasted with mustard, chilies and chickpea flour. It is not just tasty and filling but also very nutritious and will instantly give you energy when you are feeling hungry, low and tired. The taste is also going to liven you up. You can get some of the best in the stalls opposite CST and BMC headquarters.
If there was ever a drink to fill you up with aroma and richness at the same time, it is the Falooda. A take on the Persian drink, a glass of falooda contains dry fruits, pistachios, almonds, milk, basil seeds and is then topped with ice cream. In fact, it will give all the cold- coffee and mocktails a run for their money! This is one of the most refreshing drinks you can have and summers are never complete without them. LT Marg in Crawford Street has some of the best shops.
18. Veg Kolhapuri
Although it is a kind of curry, mostly found in restaurants or cooked at home, one can get them if they have ordered lunch or dinner at any eatery in Mumbai. It mostly made of vegetables available in season and is then topped with garlic, onions, mustard seeds and chillies. It is actually quite a spicy dish, to be had with roti or even rice. The vegetables are stir fried and are borderline charred for that intense flavor.
19. Keema Pav
A close relative of the vada- pav, the Keema Pav is served with fresh buns slathered in butter and served with a side of minced meat dish, either chicken or mutton or any other meat of choice. It is a signature Parsi dish and is also very popular as a heavy breakfast or brunch item. The minced meat is cooked in tomato gravy and garlic for added flavor and is generously spiced. You simly cannot miss this dish if you are visiting Mumbai. The best place to get it in is Prithvi Café.
There is an abundance of food to explore on the streets of Mumbai and these dishes do not burn a hole in your pocket too. As Anthony Bourdain quoted in his book, The Kitchen Confidential, “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food”, and Mumbai’s street food is a testament to this.
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