Hello, hello, beautiful people!
I am back yet again with another street food guide, because obviously it’s Tuesday and I just can’t stop thinking about those lip smacking Vada Pavs I had back when I was visiting Mumbai.
At first, magical Mumbai can be scary. How could it not be with a city population of almost 22 million people? Mumbai moves at a million miles per hour, and tourists are frequently caught up in it. Your best chance is to let the city take you where it will, which will surely lead to some of the most wonderful street cuisine on the globe.
Not only do you have a chance to taste some incredibly flavorful combinations of ingredients, but standing along the humid streets of Mumbai, watching countless people go by, is part of what adds to your experience. In this blog post, I’ll discuss 14 of the best Mumbai street dishes, as well as where to find them.
Let’s get Munching!!
- Vada Pav
Vada pav, also known as the Mumbai vegetarian burger, is made of a seasoned mashed potato mixture that is deep fried into a patty, stuffed into a white fluffy bun, and topped with a variety of chutneys and spices for seasoning.
Although it appears simple, and it is, one of the best tasting veggie burgers you will most likely ever have. The chutney makes or breaks the dish. Don’t forget about the fried chilies on the side for a blast of spice and flavour.
Best Places to try: Ashok Vada Pav, Dadar or Gajanan Vada Pav, Thane
- Bhel Puri
Bhelpuri is another popular Mumbai street snack, especially near the city’s busiest beaches like Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu. Although it is now popular throughout India in numerous forms, bhelpuri is a Mumbai-grown Indian food. The end product is a crunchy snack that is acidic, spicy, and sweet from all of the sauces, with a fantastic flavour balance. It’s the kind of Mumbai street cuisine that you can’t stop eating once you start.
Best Places to try: Om Sai Sagar Chaat Centre, Juhu Beach Food Centre
- Pav Bhaji
Pav bhaji has a fascinating history, and it was initially a late-night snack cooked from leftovers for workers. A variety of veggies were mashed up, spiced, and served with toast. Today’s standard dish contains mashed potatoes and tomatoes with spices, served with buttered toasted bread to lap it all up. It’s easy and delicious, and it’s a Mumbai street cuisine that you must taste.
Best Places to try: Aditi Snacks, Vile Parle or Sardar Refreshments, Tardeo
- Batata Vada
Batata Vada, also known as Aloo Bonda, is a popular Mumbai street snack made of potato mash patties coated with deep-fried chick pea flour. Seasonings of salt, turmeric, and red chilli powder are added, and the dish is served with green chutney and fried green chilies. Essentially, it is a Mumbai-style mashed potato pakora that you should taste.
Best Place to try: SriKrishna, Dadar Market
- Bombay Sandwich
The Bombay Sandwich is a Mumbai street snack that combines unusual ingredients. It consists of three buttered white bread slices sandwiched together with slices of beets, cooked potatoes, cucumbers, onion rings, and mint chutney. The sandwich is also available in a toasted version.
Best Place to try: Mafco Farm Fair on Worli Sea Face and Sandwich Wallah outside Xavier’s College in VT
Although dosas are originally from South India, because Mumbai is such an Indian melting pot, the dosa is also a popular street meal in Mumbai. However, in Mumbai, you may get several fusion and highly creative varieties of dosas, where both Indian and Chinese cuisines are presented with the dosa, and they work quite well.
Best Place to try: Anand Stall, Outside Mithibai College
- BhelPuri & SevPuri
Bhel Puri and Sev Puri are the most famous vegetarian street food meals in Mumbai. Bhel Puri is a traditional Marathi chaat composed of puffed rice, veggies, and a tangy tamarind sauce. Sev Puri is another chaat that is primarily constructed of Puri that has been stuffed with chopped potatoes, onions, three chutneys (tamarind, chilli, and garlic), and topped with sev (small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste). It’s seasoned with raw mango, lemon, and chaat masala.
Best Places to try: Sharmajee’s and Badshah’s at Girgaon Chaupati Beach at Marina Drive
- Misal Pav
This tasty and spicy gravy with chivda on top is a wonderful breakfast treat. Misal Pav is available from tiny carts around the city, notably in regions with a large Maharashtrian population, such as Dadar and Lalbaug.
Best Place to try: Prakash Refreshments, Dadar
- Kebabs and Rolls
There’s a lot of vegetarian food on our list of great Mumbai street food (although I happen to think some of the world’s best vegetarian food is in India), but kebabs and rolls are unmistakably non-veg. Mumbai boasts a lot of iconic eateries that provide delectable kebabs and rolls, one of which is the Mumbai bhuna rolls. Bhuna rolls are created with boneless chicken cooked in a spiced sauce and wrapped in a newly baked rumali roti, which is a thin roti comparable to a tortilla.
Best Place to try: Bademiya, Colaba
- Pani Puri
Pani puri is a global favourite! There isn’t a single person on the planet who doesn’t enjoy Pani Puri. And the one in Mumbai will make you fall in love with tangy, delicious water balls all over again. Pani Puri is the most popular street meal in Mumbai and can be found at any of the city’s street food stalls. You can even get several flavours of water, such as Hing Jeera, Khatta Meetha, and so on. In Mumbai, a plate of Panipuri will whet your hunger.
Best Places to try: Santacruz, Bandra, Juhu
- Baida Roti
Baida Roti is a popular Bombay street snack that consists of a square fried patty of spiced meat (chicken, mutton, or mutton brain) topped with whipped eggs and onions. This delectable street cuisine will fill and satisfy your hungry growling stomach.
Best Places to try: Bademiya, Colaba
Falooda, a rich drink of vermicelli blended with milk, almonds, pistachios, rose syrup, and basil seeds, topped with ice cream, is an Indian variant of the Persian delicacy. This street cuisine has no introduction and is ideal for cooling off in Mumbai during the summer.
Best Place to try: Badshah at LT Marg in Crawford Market
Dabeli, a sister dish to Vada Pav, is another wonderful vegetarian street food in Mumbai that you should taste during your Mumbai Darshan. Those who enjoy munching will enjoy the flavour of Dabeli. The pav bread is topped with Nylon Sev, pomegranate seeds, and chutney before being covered with a particularly spicy Dabeli Masala made with crushed peanuts, mashed potatoes, and a mix of spices. The cuisine is influenced by Gujarat and is widely available at Mumbai’s street food booths.
Best Place to try: Dabeli from Matunfa Dabeli in Matunga East
- Keema Pav
Have you even been to Mumbai if you haven’t tried Kheema Pav? Kheema Pav is a popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner snack in Parsi cuisine. If you are a non-vegetarian, you must try this when you visit Mumbai. Take a bite of pav bread and stuff it with mutton cooked in a delicious tomato sauce. It’s so good that you’ll find yourself licking the platter clean. It is Mumbai’s best non-vegetarian street food.
Best Place to try: Prithvi Cafe, Good Luck Bandra
There are several classic Indian street food dishes that you are bound to discover, no matter where you are in the nation. These basics are accessible across the subcontinent, from Panipuri to Momos, but what distinguishes it is the affection it is showered with each time it is placed on a plate for you!
Mumbai is one of India’s most major cities, and it is a foodie city. Take a walk through Mumbai and you’re certain to stumble across an almost infinite number of tasty delicacies to taste. There are thousands of Mumbai street cuisines to sample, but this list of ten is just the beginning of the great street food possibilities that await you in Mumbai!
But-but, before you head out exploring Mumbai, don’t forget to drop a heart in the comments below and let me know which city you want me to cover next?
Meanwhile, you can read my street food guides on Delhi and Jaipur!!