Here is a list of some of the most famous Mumbai dishes straight from the heart of Maharashtra. I am all set to tease your taste buds, you can blame me later for spoiling your New Year dieting resolutions!
When it comes to Mumbai, it would be a sin to start the story without this Indian version of a burger. This economical meal is filling and easily available in every corner of the city. Vada is deep fried potato patty and paav is pretty much like a burger bun and this combination tastes just perfect when a hot and spicy chutney is spread over the vada. This common man’s meal is spicy and sizzling.
Paav Bhaji is widely popular in entire north India and has become a mommy’s trick to please the kids at home, especially because this way kids get all the nutrition which they keep ignoring otherwise. It is a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with pav that is cooked with butter. Paav Bhaji is the hottest selling fast food which is easily available and super scrumptious to have.
Bhel is another very famous Mumbai street food and it comes in two varieties- dry bhel puri and wet bhel puri and I love the later one more. It is made out of puffed rice, vegetables, spices and a tangy tamarind sauce’ additionally sev, tomato, potato and onion are also added to enhance the taste. While Bhel puri is found everywhere in Mumbai, it is very fondly consumed on beaches.
Poha is made out of flattened rice and it is one of the most popular Mumbai dishes often served at breakfast. Poha has many varients like batata poha, dadpe pohe, kachche pohe with onion poha being the most common of all. Poha is light yet filling, tasty yet nutritious in short it is just perfect for breakfast and evening meal.
Sev Puri is a spicy, sweet, tangy chaat with so many different textures and tastes mingling in your mouth. With lots of sev topped on puris along with potatoes and chutneys, Sev puri is delightfully crunchy and available at all the street food stalls in Mumbai. Quite popular among Mumbai dishes, it is a good evening snack that you can make it at home too.
Puran poli is a popular Maharashtrian recipe made during festivals and celebrations. It is very much like stuffed parantha, but the stuffing is usually made from jaggery, plain flour, yellow gram lentil (chana dal), cardamom powder and ghee.
“Pyaar nahi karna tha karna pada Bataata vada, bataata vada!” Remember this song from the movie Hifazat, filmed on Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor? This song became a bataata vada anthem and the love for this vada is as alive as this song.
This recent favorite of young generation originated in Mumbai is basically flour wraps filled with mutton, eggs, mashed potatoes, chicken, cheese with lots of mayonnaise and spicy sauces. Tibb’s Frankie, named ofter Mr. Amarjit Tibb who created Frankie, is one of the best places to taste this yummy wrap while you will surely see many other stalls in the streets of Mumbai. A must have amongst delectable Mumbai dishes!
Bombay Duck/Bombil Fry
Mumbai is a heaven for seafood lovers and Bombay Duck is one of the most famous and the most favourite seafood dish of all times. The Bombay Duck is not actually a duck but fried, crunchy fish which is served with onions, drizzle some lime juice and enjoy this super delicious dish.
Paav is used in many dishes in Mumbai and Kheema Paav is one of the most delightful and filling meal for non-veg lovers. It is Pav with a dish of minced meat that is cooked in spices and served with lemons, onions, and pickles. This heavy dish is good for lunchtime.
Ragda Patties is yet another chaat dish from Mumbai and is a combination snack made with thick ragda, potato patty and spicy chutneys. One can find it at all chaat stalls across Mumbai.
The city of beaches and sea, Mumbai is also popular for its seafood and prawn is another popular dish in this list. If you are a seafood lover and you are in Mumbai then you surely cannot afford to miss it. Prawns can be fried, cooked in gravy, accompanied with biryani or with fish.
Sabudana Ki Khichdi
This Maharashtrian dish is extremely popular in Mumbai and it is usually consumed during fast but you do not need any excuse to eat a dish as delicious as this. Prepared with soaked sago or sabudana, this khichadi is ideal for breakfast.
While pani puri is consumed across the country, there is something deliciously different about Mumbai’s pani puri. This round, hollow puri filled with a mixture of flavored water, tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas is every girl’s favourite gossip time chaat.
This sweet dumpling stuffed with a filling of coconut and jaggery is specially made and served during Ganpati Festival in Maharashtra.
With innumerable irresistible dishes & cuisines, Mumbai remains one of the most frequently visited and widely loved city. Which is your favourite amongst these Mumbai dishes, or do you have anything else in mind? Tell us!