“Street Food”- By listening to this word a lot of emotions pop up. Be it a good time or a bad time, the street food always finds relevance to everything. Be it the day where the boss was tremendously cranky and shouted at you the entire day, or be it the day where everything was just as smooth as a Frankie. Street Food fixes the day especially the street food of Mumbai.
Versatility is a personality trait that enables the person to have many fun qualities in his or her character. Now, this quality would be amazing to find in a person but what if you get to see it in a city? Sounds unique, right! The city is none other than never aging, Mumbai. The main characteristic feature which makes it so versatile is its evergreen street foods.
Henceforth bringing all the forms and taste of street food blended in distinctive styles and funky names, Mumbai presents in front of you some of the amazingly quirky dishes giving each a certain appearance and fusion that none can think about.
Ragda Puri: A unique street food
Well when it comes to Puri, options are many to have with Puri. Like for example, people of Bengal have Puri with Aloo dum or Fried Aloo Bhaji, people of Odisha have it with Dalma, people of Bihar have it with Lauki Sabji or Paalak Paneer. But when it comes to Mumbai, there’s always something unique and interesting about it. They tend to have Puris with several different food items. If asked for one item out of the many then it would be Ragda. Ragda is Chickpea Gravy. Ragda Puri consists of Ragda, a Tamarind chutney, masala mixtures of chat, and a combo of fruits and veggies. The Ragda forms the main component of the food set up of Ragda Puri as it provides the food with a delicious texture.
Idli Sambhar: Relished all-time in Mumbai
We all know Idli Sambhar extends back to the southern Indian state, Tamil Nadu. The people of Tamil Nadu have it in breakfast. So it’s a Breakfast form of course for them. But now when the diversity of India is at its peak, Idli Sambhar has become much more than just a breakfast course. In fact, it can be consumed at any time of the day. Be it in breakfast, lunch, dinner, or sometimes even in snacks. And when it comes to Mumbai, Idli Sambhar gets this amazing outlook with a distinct form of flavor that makes the people love Mumbai even more.
Irani Omelette: Street food style breakfast
Suppose you get posted in Mumbai, and you wake up late on your first day at work and don’t have the time to make breakfast. So you decide to have it outside. Therefore it is at this time when you should go for the Irani Omelet. Irani Omelet is made from a mixture of onions, tomatoes, sliced coriander, and chilies which makes it partially spicy. And if you did not have a good night’s sleep and feeling sleepy then an Irani Coffee or Chai with the omelette is a must.
Vada Pav: The ultimate street food of Mumbai
Vada Pav qualifies to be the iconic original street food of Mumbai. It represents Mumbai and its throughout history. Ashok Vaidya invented this food and he belonged to Dadar itself. He made it first in the Dadar Railway Station in the 60s. Imagine a dish so old which still is one of the most loved foods in Mumbai! That is the amount of confidence and strength this street food holds. It consists of a fried or deep-fried potato placed between two buns, in the same way when salads are stuffed between two slices of bread in a sandwich. It has obtained the name of Bombay Burger due to its exterior of that of a burger.
Poha: Staple street food
Poha is a formation of flattened rice along with onions, mustard seeds, coriander leaves, and green chilies. It also includes a touch of nigella seeds. Poha exists in two different colors based on the addition of spices. It is present in yellow and white in color. Poha appears white when no colored spice is added to it and appears yellow when yellow-colored spices such as Turmeric Powder is added. When compared between the two, yellow Poha is more famous than the white one as it’s color gives a sense of peace and more desire to eat it with love and affection in the devourer’s mind.
Frankie: Mumbai’s Burrito
Burritos are a Mexican Dish and cuisine of Regional America. Its food type is Wrap. It is mainly made from warmly fried tortillas, meat (stuffing of veggies if looking for veg ), and beans. Well, you know what forms Mumbai’s Burritos? “Frankie!” which is almost identical to that of a Roti Roll. As it’s an Indian dish, apart from beans and meat, we use several other tangy elements such as potatoes, tomato sauce, cheese, garam masala, yogurt, green chutney, green chilies which initiates to be an Indian version. Therefore, it’s spicy taste and desi touch makes the enjoyer love it even more.
Bhelpuri: Inland snack of Mumbai
Bhelpuri undeniably provides warmth and happiness to all the food lovers out there on behalf of the whole street food. It forms to be the torchbearer of Street foods. You will find it mostly near the beaches such as Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu. From its creation in Mumbai, to, getting known as The Ultimate Inland Snack of Mumbai, Bhelpuri has just carved its pathway towards a beautiful accomplishment. Its accomplishments include- Bhel Sevpuri, Dahi Bhel puri, Sev Papdi chaat, and Churmuri. These four forms describe how amazingly different this snack can be when you get to witness its so many varieties.
Chai: The most popular street food
Chai is not a portion of street food. It’s a beverage but this simple drink introduces such an amount of calmness in someone that it holds equal importance when compared with street foods. A cup of tea is not just a cup of tea, it is much beyond that. It symbolizes a whole new wrap of sentiments and gives us the privilege of some me-time. You go to any place in Mumbai, there won’t be a single place where you won’t be able to find Chai! Yeah. It’s popularity always maintains a constant amount of customers in front of its stall.
Bombay Duck Fry: Transforming street food in Mumbai
From the name, you must be thinking it includes ducks. But that’s not it. It has no traces of ducks. It involves a certain type of lizardfish. The lizardfish is melded with semolina and then fried intensely to transform it to have a crisp texture. The resultant appearance of the dish is a creamy fish which is oily on the inside and crispy and crunchy on the outside. This food speaks for the ultimate versatility as it is present both in the food type of street foods and main course food. While having it as street food, people have it solely but while taking it as a main course dish, it is best served with rice and chappati.
Katori Chat: The King of street food
FOODIES be like- “Can there be a street food which has the taste perfect for all moods?” CHAAT be like – “Don’t you see me?! I am right here in front of you, in fact, you meet me daily.” I guess the reply was pretty obvious! The grooviest street food existing in various forms only to make you smile a bit more. Here’s bringing you a complete charming form of Chaat – “KAATORI CHAAT !” with its all layers of chutney dipped together into the chaat mixture so diligently that will please you to the end moment.
I hope this food blog on Mumbai’s best street food helped you in knowing which street food to opt for when you go to Mumbai. Also, I’m hoping that this blog will resolve all your queries and confusion you come across while choosing which food to go for. Check out some lip-smacking street food in Gangtok. Stay tuned for my next blogs where I will bring in more interesting food concepts!