Mumbai is dotted with working professionals and students too busy to stop for a second glance at almost anything. Fortunately for them, the city boasts of a number of food options to choose from. Over time, these Mumbai delicacies have made it to places across India, but the best remains in Mumbai, still. Here is a list of must-haves in Mumbai.
1. Mughlai Food At Mohammed Ali Road
Don’t let the crowd here deter you from entering this Mecca For Foodies in Mumbai. From Jalebis to Firnis, and from Kebabs to Shawarmas, these guys sure know how to cook an exotic Mughlai fare. If you’re visiting during Ramadan, the insatiable crowd may make reaching your favorite stall a tad bit difficult, but the food will be worth all the trouble.
2. Vada Pav
Spicy potatoes mixed with onion and garlic rolled into Besan and deep fried until brown, served in typical Bombay Pav makes for Bombay’s most famous snack. Available at every nook and cranny, Vada Pav is a must have for anyone who visits the city.
3. Mutton Dhansak
A traditional Parsi dish, Dhansak is cooked tender and soft and is served with brown rice. Accompanied with fried onions and mutton kebabs, Dhansak makes for one hell of a dish. Head to South Mumbai to enjoy this dish at one of the legendary Parsi Cafes of Mumbai.
4. Misal Pav
The ‘Misal’ in Misal Pav is made with a mixture of chivda and farsan, cooked in a tomato and onion paste. Served with the Bombay Pav, it is a favorite among Mumbaikars.
5. Bun Maska
It is all about the bread when it comes to Bun Maska. Traditional Irani bread, served with a generous portion of butter and a hot brewing kullar of Irani Chai, makes for a trademark breakfast option in Mumbai.
6. Pav Bhaji at Sardar’s
Yes, we know you get Pav Bhaji in Delhi too. What is so special about the Bombay Pav Bhaji, you ask? Visit Sardar’s at Bombay Central, and you shall know. Sardar’s is a brand Mumbaikars will vouch for, and very rightly so.
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7. Shawarma At Bademiya
Bademiya is open till 3 AM each morning, so in case you’re up for a late night snack, this is the place to be. This place is jam packed during the evenings, and that makes takeaway or eating in your car a better option. But all the hassle will be worth your while as the kebabs and rolls have attracted food lovers from different pockets of the city.
8. Bombil Fry
Bombil or the Bombay Duck isn’t a duck, but a fish. Cooked until crisp from the outside but tender on the inside, the Bombil is a treat for seafood lovers.
To have a plateful of Bombay Chaat, visit Juhu Beach in the evening. You will find vendors selling many types of Chaat, each as good as the other.
10. Puranpolis and Modaks
Traditional Maharashtrian dishes made only on special occasions, Puranpoli and Modak must be given a try by tourists visiting the city. The Puranpoli is sweet and is made of jaggery, whereas the Modak is a dish prepared in the name of Lord Ganesha.
Food in Mumbai is as varied as its people, ranging from street food to fine cuisine. Carry this list next time you visit; it may just come in handy.
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