Every city has its signature “street food”: New York its pizza, Moscow has its шавeрма, Berlin has its Currywurst. In Mumbai, there’s plenty of street food out there that’s exciting and mouthwatering. I came across a blog post that featured 10 of the best street foods to eat in Mumbai, as well as where you can find them. Here’s what they had to say:
Vada pav: One of the most popular and widely available street food snacks in Mumbai, this is made up of a spiced mashed potato mixture deep fried into a patty, packed into a bun and garnished with chutneys and spices. It’s like a veggie burger. Apparently the best place to get it is Ashok Vada Pav, where it was allegedly first created.
Bhelpuri: The basic recipe here is made up of puffed rice and sev mixed together with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, chutney and chopped cilantro. Combined together, it creates a tangy, spicy and sweet snack.
Sev puri: A variety of “chaat” (a blanket term for savory snacks), a flat puri is topped with mashed potatoes, onions, cilantro, sev, garlic sauce, tamarind sauce and chili sauce. It’s then topped with some sev and green sour mango. It’s an explosion of flavor.
Pav bhaji: Originally a late-night food made for workers from leftovers, pav bhaji is a combination of vegetables mashed up and mixed with spices before being served with bread. The common recipe today includes potatoes and tomatoes mashed up with spices and served with buttered toasted bread.
Kebabs: A variety of the kebabs and shawarma popular around Europe, it’s the perfect late-night snack.
Chai: Chai goes beyond tea in Mumbai. It’s brewed strong, then supplemented with plenty of milk, cardamom, masala and ginger. It’s meant to be drinked slowly.
Pani puri: Puris are poked with a hole, then half-stuffed with potatoes and chickpeas, seasoned with spices and then the remaining bit is filled up with chutney and flavored water.
Bombay duck fry: This is actually not duck, but a type of lizardfish coated in semolina that’s deep-fried. The outer edge is crispy, while the fish is creamy and oily on the inside.
Bombay sandwich: Sandwiches aren’t typically Indian, but in Mumbai that’s an exception. These vegetarian sandwiches are made up of cilantro and mint chutney, thin slices of vegetables, shredded cheese, chili and cumin. Get it toasted so that it’s hot and crispy.
Dosa: Although it’s originally from South India, dosas are nonetheless fairly common in Mumbai. It’s made up from a batter of rice and urad bean flour that’s fried on a hot circular plate into a pancake. You can add any number of fillings into the center. There are some creative fusions in Mumbai that incorporate both Indian and Chinese dishes.