Bombay sandwich: This readily available and globally popular food item is close to the heart of Mumbaikars. While strolling around the City of Dreams, you will come across innumerable food stalls selling the celebrated Bombay sandwich and feeding thousands of people on the go. Dollops of butter and variety of sauces including coriander and mint chutney are mixed with cheese and vegetables and stiffed inside bread slices- this is Bombay sandwich, a simple yet delicious meal.
Bombil fry: Bombil or Bombay Duck is a super soft sea food available in Mumbai throughout the year. Bombil is even considered to be the staple fish of Maharashtrians. Bombil fry is a delicacy and seafood restaurants in Mumbai always have the item listed in their menus. The fish is marinated in a mixture of ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, green chilli paste, salt and cloves. It is dipped in semolina and rice flour and shallow-fried until it turns golden fried. It is crispy in taste and light to consume.
Dal Khichdi: Dal Khichdi is an elaborate yet easy to make and wholesome dish prepared from rice and toor dal. It is a popular lunch or dinner option that is readily available in Mumbai. This is a comfort food and Mumbaikars share a strong bond with it. If you are in Mumbai, do not forget to give a shot to Mumbai ka Dal Khichdi.
Pav Bhaji: This is a typical Maharashtrian fast food comprising of thick vegetable curry and bread bun, which is served with dollops of butter. The vegetable curry is made of potatoes, onions, carrots, and tomatoes. Though pav bhaji is available almost in all major Indian cities, yet none of those can beat the flavour of Bombay pav bhaji. From food stalls on beaches to air conditioned restaurants, almost all eateries across Mumbai have a plate of pav bhaji listed in the their menus.
Vada Pav: The king of all Mumbai food is vada pav. Hundreds of people in the city survive on a plate of vada pav every day. The vegetarian dish originated in Maharashtra, which is simple to make and quick to eat. Vada Pav is patty is made of boiled smashed potatoes gram flour batter, oil, and spices, and is stuffed between bread buns and eaten with tamarind and garlic chutney.
Bun maska: This is an iconic food item available across the legendary Parsi restaurants in Mumbai. Though the Irani cafes in Mumbai are known for this age-old snack, yet many other upscale, mid-range and street side eateries have started offering bun maska to Mumbaikars since millennia. A cup of milk tea and a plate of bun maska is a heavenly way to start your day if you are in Mumbai.
Chicken Sukka: Basically a Mangalorian dish, Chicken Sukka is a common meal in Mumbai. It is savoured with Bombay style chapattis or rice. Chicken Sukka can be eaten during lunch or dinner.
Thaalis: Mumbai is an amalgamation of myriad communities spanning across different Indian states. This amalgamation of communities resulted in the birth of Ã¢ÂÂregional thaliÃ¢ÂÂs in under teh umbrella of Mumbai food. Gujarati thali, Maharashtrian thali, South Indian thali, are some of the popular thalis offered by regional restaurants in Mumbai. The plate full of small bowls is equally satiating and tantalizing.
Fruit ice creams: The city is the hub of ice-creams. In Mumbai, ice-cream does not mean the basic vanilla or chocolate flavours, but a host of unique fresh fruit flavours, namely, guava ice cream, jackfruit ice cream, chickko ice cream, watermelon ice cream, coconut ice cream etc. a lot of ice cream joints across the city are known for serving the city with myriad natural ice cream, flavours since a long time.
Faloodas: Do you wish to beat the heat with a cool food? Grab a bowl of Kulfi Falooda, a popular Mumbai food served by several restaurants and ice cream joints. Falooda is the most delectable part of the entire dish. The dessert is delicious, pocket friendly, and easily available. This home-grown dessert is known to bind Mumbaikars since generations.
Bhel puri: Mumbai chaat has some sort of a resemblance with Kolkata chaats. Bhelpuri is made of puffed rice, vegetables, farsans, and a tangy tamarind sauce and is eaten fresh and crispy. Chopped coriander leaves and peanuts are used for garnishing and adding on to the taste of bhelpuri. Places like Girgaum and Juhu are famous for Bombay bhel.
Sev puri: Also known as papri chaat, the snack originated in Mumbai. Sev Puri now forms an integral part of Mumbai street food. Potatoes, tomatoes, onions, chutneys, curd, and farsans are spread over fried puris, and garnished with lemon juice and coriander leaves. Almost all street side chaat corners and upscale restaurants offer sev prui.
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Mumbai shares an eternal bond with street food and regional flavours. Here is a list of 12 such food items ranging from starters to desserts, which are must haves in the city...
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