Food plays an essential part in the ‘lifestyle’ of any big city around the world. In the case of Mumbai, it actually helps in enhancing its existing cosmopolitan nature. So, be it meals served in fine dine restaurants or street food, you get them all in this city. Lets checkout some of the lip smacking and mouthwatering local preparations toping the charts.
1. Vada Pav:
Vada pav aka ‘Bombay Burger’ is how this delicious Mumbaiya food item is known as. It is basically a ‘vegetarian fast food’ which is served mainly in ‘street food stalls’. Furthermore, this ‘hot and spicy’ snack includes: a potato dumpling placed inside a bun (locally known as pav). It is served with a sweet or tangy chutney (Indian Sauce) and fried green chillies. The term ‘Vada Pav’ has been coined from the local ‘Marathi’ word ‘batata vada’ meaning ‘potato fritter’, and ‘Pão’ a Portuguese word meaning ‘Bread’. Be it breakfast or teatime, it is the most popular and inexpensive food item found on the streets of Mumbai.
2. Pav Bhaji:
Pav Bhaji is an authentic Mumbai snack and the most popular among Mumbaikars. Historically speaking, this food item was created in ‘Maximum City’ during the 1850’s. This mouthwatering snack was the favourite food item of the textile mill workers during lunch. Over the years, this “Munchy” has become so popular among ‘Mumbaikars’ that it is now served all over this maximum city from the hand carts on the streets to fine dine restaurants. Furthermore, this snack essentially comprises of ‘a spiced mixture of mashed vegetables’. In other words, it is a spicy gravy which is served hot along with ‘pav or bread’.
3. Pani Puri:
Pani Puri as we call it in Mumbai, is a very popular “Chatpata” snack. It essentially comprises of a puri made of flour filled with a mixture of flavoured sweet and tangy water, tamarind, chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion, or chickpeas. This munchy has different names in different states of India with slight variation in ingredients. In Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal it is known as ‘Pani Batashe’ and ‘Puchka’ respectively whereas in Punjab it is called ‘Golgappe’.
4. Misal Pav:
‘A spicy curry’ is the best way to describe this renowned Mumbaiya snack. It is essentially a Maharashtrian dish and is a mix of misal (curry), potato-chiwada mix, farsan, sev, onion, lemon, and coriander. It is generally served along with pav (bread). Furthermore, the curry (i.e. misal) comprises of mixed sprouts and lentils, and are hence rich in proteins. Since it is spicy and easy to prepare this dish is very popular with ‘Mumbaikars’.
5. Kanda Poha:
Poha is definitely the undisputed dish on the breakfast menu. This breakfast item is made up of flattened rice with a mix of roasted chillies, onions, mustard, cumin seeds, and curry leaves and at times peanuts.It is usually served along with spicy curry (usal), contains high carbohydrate, protein and low fat. People love having Tea along with this munchy food item.