Mumbai is not only diverse in its culture but also in its cuisine. Every dish depicts a different story and flavor. Here are fifteen dishes that you should try while you are in Mumbai.
1. Vada Pav
Mumbai thrives and survives for vada pav. It is the local and staple dish of Mumbai. Potato fritter is stuffed inside a bread bun with mint or tamarind chutney. It is served with extra chutney, garlic powder chutney, and chilies.
2. Idli and Vada
Though these are South Indian dishes but are famous as breakfast or snack in Mumbai. You’ll find one stall or vendor in every street selling idlis and vadas. Idli is a steamed rice cake that is served with coconut chutney and red chutney. And, vada is a dumpling made up of multigrain lentil batter and is fried. It is also served with chutney or sambar.
3. Bombay Sandwich
This sandwich is made up of a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum, boiled potatoes, beetroot, and onion rings. Mint chutney and butter is spread on both sides of the bread. It also contains a certain type of masala and is cut into four triangle pieces. Some stalls also put sev on top of the triangular piece.
4. Zhunka Bhakar
It is the staple food for farmers and working-class individuals residing in Maharashtra. Zhunka is made up of chickpea flour, onion, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and is eaten dry with bhakar which is basically flatbread made up of millet (jowar).
5. Bhel Puri
Bhel Puri, the most affordable and flavourful snack that you’ll ever eat. It is made up of puffed rice, small fried puris made up of flour, onions, potatoes, raw mango, sev, sweet and sour chutney. It is available literally everywhere in Mumbai.
6. Sabudana Vada
For Maharashtrians, Sabudana vada is their fasting food. Sago is soaked to puff it up and then crushed boiled potatoes, green chilies, coriander leaves, and salt are stuffed in it. They are molded into small patties and are fried. It served with chutney or can be eaten individually.
7. Misal Pav
The dish consists of bread bun and gravy. The gravy consists of curried lentils, potato fritters, chivada, poha, chopped onions and tomatoes. This dish is healthy and super tasty. You can have a missal pav with yogurt too.
This street food is also available everywhere and is loved by everyone. It has various choices such as noodles, cheese, paneer, vegetables, or any meat. There is a different flavor for every individual. It is usually spicy and creamy.
9. Kanda Poha
This dish is tasty, healthy, and very easy to make. You just have to soak flaked rice for some time and then mix it with chopped onions, potatoes, tomatoes, green chilies, peas, and spices. It is then tempered with mustard seeds. Some people also prefer to put lime juice or sev on top of it.
10. Puran Poli
It is a sweet and festive dish. It is made by the simmering yellow gram with jaggery till it dries, and then a smooth dough is made. Toppings and stuffing are added according to the individual’s preference and then, it is fried in ghee on a tawa.
Dhokla belongs to the Gujarati cuisine which is very famous in Mumbai. A fermented batter of chickpeas is steamed and then mixed with chilies, ginger, and mustard seeds. It is served with green chutney and chilies.
It is the most refreshing drink and Mumbaikars love to have it. It is a rich drink that consists of milk, vermicelli, chia seeds, rose syrup, dry fruits, and ice cream. Different flavors are made by adding varieties of fruits, syrups, chocolate, ice creams, and rabdi.
Modak is made as an offering to Lord Ganesha. The dough is made with milk and wheat flour. It is then stuffed with grated coconut and is mixed with sugar or jaggery. Now, even Modak comes in different flavors and is savored by everyone in Mumbai.
Samosa is made up of wheat flour and is stuffed with potatoes, peas, and spices. It is shaped into a triangle and is fried and given with mint or tamarind chutney and green chilies. It is the best thing to savor during winters.
15. Pani Puri
Pani Puri has to be the most loved street food of all. It is basically puris (made up of wheat flour, is hollow and round) which is stuffed with dried yellow peas, moong, and then filled with tangy flavors of water. Anyone who is visiting India or Mumbai for the first time should try pani puris.