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    The best street food in Mumbai

    The cultural diversity of Mumbai can be seen in the culinary richness that the city offers in the form of street food with Muslim, Gujarati, South Indian, Parsi, and Maharashtran influences. These flavors, colors, and textures create dishes that pop in your mouths without burdening your pockets.

    So, without further ado, let us have a look at the smorgasbord of street food in Mumbai.

    1. Vada Pav

    Vada Pav at Sharmajees is one of the best Mumbai street food

    Vada Pav, or the Poor Man’s Burger, is among the top Mumbai street food dishes. It is essentially a bun bread (pav) and a fritter(vada) stuffed with mashed potato. The dish is served with spicy and sweet chutneys, fried chilies, and garlic powder chutney.

    Popular Variants: Schezwan, cheese, and grilled Vada Pav

    Where To Try: Anand Vada Pav Stall and Parleshwar Vada Pav Samrat in Vile Parle West

    Also Try: Samosa Pav, Kheema Pav, and Dabeli


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    2. Misal Pav

    Misal Pav is a popular Bombay street food

    Quintessentially from Pune, the dish is a mix of curried lentils, topped with potato bhaaji, poha, chivada, chopped onions, and tomato. This hot and spicy street food of Mumbai is eaten with pav and yogurt.

    Where To Try: Mamledar Kacheri at Naupada in Thane West

    Also Try: Misal Vada

    3. Pav Bhaaji

    Pav Bhaji is another popular street food of Mumbai

    Another popular Bombay street food is the Pav Bhaaji. An assortment of mashed vegetables cooked with spices and seasonings (bhaaji) is served with bun bread (pav) heated on a pan. Butter is applied on the bun.

    Where To Try: Cannon Pav Bhaji on Dadabhaji Naoroji Road near CST

    Also Try: Tawa Pulao and Brun Maska (butter in bun)

    4. Bhel Puri and Sev Puri

    Bhel Puri and Sev Puri are among the best dishes of street food in Mumbai

    Among the vegetarian dishes of street food in Mumbai, Bhel Puri and Sev Puri are the most popular ones. Bhel Puri is a Marathi Chaat made out of puffed rice, vegetables, and a tangy tamarind sauce. Sev Puri is another chaat essentially made of Puri loaded with diced potatoes, onions, 3 chutneys (tamarind, chili, and garlic), and topped with sev (small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste). It is seasoned with raw mango or a hint of lemon and chaat masala.

    Where To Try: Sharmajee’s and Badshah’s at Girgaon Chaupati Beach at Marina Drive

    Also Try: Dahi Puri, Pani Puri, and Chinese Bhel

    5. Batata Vada

    Batata vada and its preparation in images

    Batata Vada, popularly known as Aloo Bonda, is a popular Mumbai street food that consists of potato mash patty coated with deep-fried chick pea flour. Salt, turmeric, and red chili powder seasonings are added and the dish is served with green chutney and fried green chilies.

    Where To Try: Shrikrishna in Dadar Market

    Also Try: Sabudana Vada

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    6. Ragda Pattice

    Kailash Parbat in Colaba sells the best Ragda Pattice

    A popular street food in Mumbai, Ragda Pattice is a combination of ragda – soft and spicy rugged flavored chick peas – and pattice – deep fried patties of mashed potatoes. The ragda is crushed with pattice and finely chopped onions, tamarind sauce, and green chutney is poured on it.

    Where To Try: Kailash Parbat at Sheela Mahal in Colaba

    7. Bombay Sandwich

    Mafco Farm Fair is popular for the Bombay sandwiches

    The Bombay Sandwich is a street food of Mumbai with a combination of most unlikely ingredients. It consists of three buttered white bread slices with slices of beetroot, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, onion rings, and mint chutney between them. The sandwich also comes with a toasted variant.

    Where To Try: Mafco Farm Fair on Worli Sea Face and Sandwich Wallah outside Xavier’s College in VT

    8. Akuri On Toast

    A collage of images of Akuri on toast

    Akuri, a popular street food of Mumbai, is a spicy scrambled egg Parsi dish flavored with fried onions, ginger, coriander, chopped chilies, and black pepper. It is traditionally eaten with bread toast.

    Where To Try: Khyani & Co. in Marine Lines and Jimmy Boy on Bank Street near Horniman Circle

    9. Baida Roti

    Bademiyan outlet and the baida roti in Mumbai

    Baida Roti, a popular Bombay street food, is a square shaped fried patty of spiced meat (chicken, mutton, or mutton brain) with whipped eggs and onions.

    Where To Try: Bademiyan on Tulloch Road in Colaba

    Also Try: Chicken Bhuna Roll, Kebabs, and Rumali Roti at Bademiyan

    10. Frankie

    Tibbs frankie is the original Mumbai frankie

    Frankie is a famous street food in Mumbai. It is a juicy naan bread with egg coating, rolled with mutton/chicken stuffing. The vegetarian variant does not use egg coating. The stuffing is of paneer or potatoes.

    Where To Try: Tibb’s Frankie outlets all over the city

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    11. Kanda Poha

    Kanda poha is another famous street food of Mumbai

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    Kanda Poha, another popular Mumbai street food, is an easy-to-make snack. Onions (kanda) and flaked rice (poha) are mixed with chopped potatoes, green chilies, and peas. The mixture is then tempered with mustard seeds and garnished with fresh coriander and lime juice.

    Where To Try: Shree Shuddh Shakahari Upahar Gruh in Lokmanya Tilak Market in Vashi

    Also Try: Sabudana Khichadi

    12. Zunka Bhakar

    The popular Zunka Bhakar from Mumbai

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    Zhunka Bhakar is a popular street food in Mumbai. It is made using chopped onions heated with mustard seeds, curry patta leaves and chick pea flour. It is eated with jowar roti (bhakri).

    Where To Try: Stalls opposite CST and BMC Headquarters

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    13. Falooda

    Best falooda in Mumbai is sold at Badshah Corner

    Falooda, an Indian adaptation of the Persian dessert, is a rich drink of vermicelli mixed with milk, almonds, pistachios, rose syrup, and basil seeds, topped with ice-cream.

    Where To Try: Badshah at LT Marg in Crawford Market

    Also Try: Juices and milkshakes at Bachelorr’s at Chowpatty Sea Face

    14. Steamed Idlis and Vadas

    Steamed idlis and vadas are popular breakfast street foods in Mumbai

    Another famous street food in Mumbai for breakfast is Idli – Vada served with Sambhar and coconut chutney. Idlis are steamed batters of fermented black lentils and rice. Vadas, on the other hand, are savory fritter type snacks made using Lentils, chilies, onions, and curry patta leaves.

    Where To Try: Udipi Idli House and Anand Bhawan on Dr. B R Ambedkar Road in Matunga East

    15. Mysore Masala Dosa

    The popular dosas and Mysore Masala Dosa from Mumbai

    Dosa, a staple South-Indian dish, is a thin pancake-like food made of fermented rice batter. Different variants of the popular Bombay street food are stuffed differently.

    Where To Try: Stall outside Sophia College on Bhulabai Desai Road

    Popular Variants: Chinese Dosa, Schezwan Cheese Dosa, and Jini Dosa

    Must Try: Mysore Masala Dosa at stall outside Sophia College

    From the billionaires to the beggars – everyone relishes the Mumbai street foods. But do you? If you have a favorite outlet of street food in Mumbai, share it with us by posting a comment.

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