Mumbai Street Food - Part 1

March 02, 2013 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Mumbai Street Food - Part 1


Mumbai Street Food is a mix of South Indian and West Indian influences and cooking styles, including Mughlai, Punjabi, and Malvani. Mumbai is also home to some of the oldest and most well-known restaurants in India. Restaurants that have an acceptable standard of health and hygiene typically use filtered water or bottled water in their preparation of food, instead of tap water.

Fast food and snacking is very popular in Mumbai, and various light bites and snacks called Chaat are available in many stalls throughout the day. A fast-paced standard of living has given rise to many take-away and delivery services, including online ordering. Tea, fruit juice and coconut water are some of the more common drinks available in Mumbai Street Food.

While the same type of dishes are commonly found in almost every food centre and street side stall, ask locals for the best hygiene-safe examples of each dish.


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Aloo Methi is a home style dry curry, that consists of potato, fenugreek leaves, cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, powdered turmeric, coriander, chili, salt and powdered asafoetida / asafetida.

Aloo Methi


Aloo Methi
Aloo Methi



Aloo Paratha is made with unleavened dough stuffed with a mix of spices, mashed potato and onions, cooked on a hot griddle. Spices used may include powdered cumin, chili, pepper, ginger, powdered cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cilantro, salt and garam masala.

Aloo Paratha


Aloo Paratha


Aloo Paratha
Aloo Paratha



Angoori is a sweet dessert that consists of cottage cheese shaped into small balls, in a syrup of milk, sugar, cardamom, almonds, pistachios and water. The texture of Angoori is really soft, and requires little chewing.

Angoori
Angoori



Baked Kabuli Chana Masala is consumed as a snack, and unlike the normal dish version, is completely dry. It can however, be used to make the Chana Masala dish.

Baked Kabuli Chana Masala
Baked Kabuli Chana Masala



Baked Masala Chakli are a common snack, and are slightly healthier than the deep-fried version.

Baked Masala Chakli
Baked Masala Chakli



Manufactured by the Indian brewery SAB Miller, Indus Pride Beer is a craft beer that uses local Indian spices to enhance the flavour, creating a unique local twist on this beverage. The 4 flavours are Citrusy Coriander, Fiery Cinnamon, Spicy Fennel, and Citrusy Cardamom.

Beer Indus Pride
Beer Indus Pride



Biryani Chicken consists of a flavourful and fragrant spiced Basmati rice, served with chunks of chicken.

Biryani Chicken


Biryani Chicken
Biryani Chicken



Biryani Prawn consists of a flavourful and fragrant spiced Basmati rice, served with de-shelled grilled prawns.

Biryani Prawn


Biryani Prawn


Biryani Prawn


Biryani Prawn


Biryani Prawn


Biryani Prawn
Biryani Prawn


Biryani Prawn



Brinji Sevaiyaan / Brinji Seviyan / Brinji Semiya is a savoury breakfast noodle dish, made with vermicelli, carrots, onions, coriander, powdered turmeric, chili and salt.

Brinji Sevaiyaan / Brinji Seviyan / Brinji Semiya
Brinji Sevaiyaan / Brinji Seviyan / Brinji Semiya



Chicken 65 is made with chunks of deep-fried chicken marinated in a dry spice mix of ginger, cayenne pepper, onions, vinegar and mustard powder. The origin of the name has several variations, but all have to do with the number 65.

Chicken 65
Chicken 65



Chicken Almond Shorba is a thin chicken soup flavoured with almonds and onions, and has small chicken meat balls within. It is slightly spicy, and great during cold weather.

Chicken Almond Shorba
Chicken Almond Shorba


Chicken Almond Shorba


Chicken Almond Shorba



Chili Paneer is a type of Indian-Chinese fusion dish, with chunks of paneer cheese deep-fried with green chili, soy sauce, onions, capsicums, garlic, sugar and spring onions. The cheese takes on a soft tofu / beancurd consistency.

Chili Paneer
Chili Paneer



Choler Dal / Cholar Dal is made with black chickpeas and coconut meat, cooked in sugar, bay leaves, garam masala, salt, onions, garlic, powdered cumin, cloves, chili, powdered turmeric, cinnamon sticks, powdered coriander, ginger, pepper and clarified butter (Ghee).

Choler Dal / Cholar Dal
Choler Dal / Cholar Dal



Dal Tadka is a creamy, non-spicy curry of mung beans, lentils, water, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, salt, onions, cumin seeds, powdered turmeric and chili. It has a smooth, creamy texture and if often served as a side dish to a meal.

Dal Tadka
Dal Tadka



Dahi Puri is a popular snack / Chaat, which originated in Mumbai. It consists of crisp, round, deep-fried mini puri shells, filled with a stuffing of mashed potatoes, chickpeas, onions, and chili. Sweet tamarind chutney and sweet yoghurt is poured over, and it is then garnished with coriander leaves, sev and moong dal. It is eaten in one mouthful.

Dahi Puri


Dahi Puri


Dahi Puri
Dahi Puri



Dalia Upma is a dish of broken wheat, which has a sticky, dense texture. It is made with cracked wheat, onions, carrots, tomatoes, chili, ginger, peas, curry leaves and garnished with cilantro.

Dalia Upma
Dalia Upma



Dhokla is made with gram flour / chickpeas, ginger, chili, powdered turmeric, lemon juice, black mustard seeds, baking soda, and yoghurt. It is shaped like a cake and steamed, and has a consistency of a sponge cake. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a side dish, as a snack, or as a sweet dessert.

Dhokla


Dhokla


Dhokla
Dhokla


Dhokla



Dum Aloo Kashmiri is made with boiled potatoes, cooked in a mix of spices and yoghurt. The spice that gives it a distinctive reddish gravy and also its name is the Kashmiri red chili, which isn't hot like regular chillies.

Dum Aloo Kashmiri
Dum Aloo Kashmiri



Egg Bhurji is a common dish in Mumbai, and it's made with scrambled chicken eggs in a spice mix of onions, tomatoes, chili, capsicum / bell peppers, ginger, coriander, curry leaves, powdered turmeric and salt. The spices are delicate enough to allow the eggs to still have a hint of their natural taste.

Egg Bhurji


Egg Bhurji


Egg Bhurji
Egg Bhurji



Gajar Ka Halwa / Carrot Halwa is a light, nutritious, sweet dessert made with grated carrot, sugar, water, milk, and garnished with almonds and pistachios. Because of its low fat content, vegetarian characteristics, ease of making, medium shelf-life and taste, Gajar Ka Halwa is a popular dessert all over India and often served at most festivals.

Gajar Ka Halwa


Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa



Gulab Jaman from Mumbai.

Gulab Jaman


Gulab Jaman
Gulab Jaman



Indian Tea / Chai is the most popular drink, and is commonly ordered / served at any occasion or meal.

Indian Tea / Chai


Indian Tea / Chai


Indian Tea / Chai


Indian Tea / Chai
Indian Tea / Chai



Kachori Chaat is a snack that is made with flour or dough into a round ball, and stuffed with yellow moong dal, urad dal, gram flour, chickpeas, black pepper, red chili, ginger, and other spices. It is garnished with yoghurt and sev.

Kachori Chaat
Kachori Chaat



Kadai Jhinga is a spicy prawn curry, that has de-shelled whole bay prawns, onions, garlic, capsicum / bell peppers, chili, coriander, tomatoes, ginger, salt, fenugreek seeds, lemon juice, powdered turmeric, then cooked in a metal pot using a slow heat.

Kadai Jhinga
Kadai Jhinga


Kadai Jhinga



Lapsi is a warm, sweet dessert made with broken wheat, raisins, cashew nuts / almonds, powdered cardamom, sugar and clarified butter (Ghee). It has a thick, sticky consistency.

Lapsi


Lapsi


Lapsi
Lapsi



Lassi is a popular yoghurt drink all over India, and comes in several varieties, including plain, sweet, salty, and mango. Lassi is a traditional remedy for stomach flu.

Lassi Sweet


Lassi Sweet


Lassi Sweet
Lassi Sweet



Lemon Coriander Vegetable Tureen is a warm, thick soup / broth / stew. Made by stewing various vegetables, garnished with lemon juice and coriander leaves, this is a healthy and filling dish.

Lemon Coriander Vegetable Tureen


Lemon Coriander Vegetable Tureen
Lemon Coriander Vegetable Tureen



Luchi is a type of deep-fried North Indian flatbread made with maida flour, and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Luchi
Luchi



Malpua / Malapua is a sweet dessert pancake, made with rice flour, sugar, shredded coconut, cardamom, fennel seeds and fried in clarified butter (Ghee). It is served with a sauce of sweetened thickened milk called Rabri.

Malpua / Malapua
Malpua / Malapua


Malpua / Malapua


Malpua / Malapua



Medu Wada / Medu Vada / Medu Vadai from Mumbai.

Medu Wada / Medu Vada / Medu Vadai


Medu Wada / Medu Vada / Medu Vadai
Medu Wada / Medu Vada / Medu Vadai



Murgh Bagdhadi / Murgh Baghdadi / Chicken Baghdadi is made with chunks of boneless chicken, stewed in a thick and rich spiced tomato gravy, and topped with a fried egg.

Murgh Bagdhadi / Murgh Baghdadi / Chicken Baghdadi
Murgh Bagdhadi / Murgh Baghdadi / Chicken Baghdadi


Murgh Bagdhadi / Murgh Baghdadi / Chicken Baghdadi



Naan Garlic from Mumbai. Tradition calls for it to be baked using a tandoor oven.

Naan Garlic


Naan Garlic


Naan Garlic
Naan Garlic



Palak Bhajiya / Palak Bhajia is a crunchy deep-fried spinach fritter, made with spinach, rice flour, ginger, gram flour, salt and powdered cumin.

Palak Bhajiya / Palak Bhajia
Palak Bhajiya / Palak Bhajia



Pani Puri / Gol Gappa / Puchka / Paani Poori / Pakodi is the most popular street snack in Mumbai. It consists of crisp, round, deep-fried mini puri shells, filled with a stuffing of mashed potatoes, chickpeas, onions, and chili. Sweet tamarind chutney and a slighty sour spiced flavoured water (Pani) is poured over, and it is then garnished with coriander leaves, sev and moong dal. It is eaten in one mouthful.

Pani Puri / Gol Gappa / Puchka / Paani Poori / Pakodi


Pani Puri / Gol Gappa / Puchka / Paani Poori / Pakodi
Pani Puri / Gol Gappa / Puchka / Paani Poori / Pakodi



Papad / Papadum & Mint Chutney is a common starter eaten before a meal.

Papad / Papadum & Mint Chutney
Papad / Papadum & Mint Chutney



Despite its looks, Patra is a sweet dessert that is made with chickpea flour, chili, powdered turmeric, tamarind pulp, mustard seeds, coriander, powdered asafoetida / asafetida, sugar, and wrapped in colocassia leaves.

Patra
Patra


Patra



Pav Bhaji is a fast-food dish that originated in Mumbai. It consists of a small deep-fried buttered bread / bun (Pav), with a thick gravy (Bhaji) of mashed potato, peas, tomatoes, capsicums / bell peppers, cauliflower, carrots and garnished with chopped onions, coriander leaves and lemon juice. It is a light, filling and nutritious meal that can be eaten in a hurry, and is a staple in Indian cuisine worldwide.

Pav Bhaji


Pav Bhaji


Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji


Pav Bhaji



Poha is a flattened rice dish, is made by steaming the flattened rice with onions and a fried spice mix of powdered turmeric, mustard seeds, and chili. It is most commonly eaten for breakfast.

Poha


Poha
Poha



Pongal is a rice dish from Tamil Nadu, South India. It is made by boiling white rice, coconut meat, coconut milk and mung beans. There are 2 versions, the sweet version uses white sugar or cane sugar, while the spicy version uses pepper or chili.

Pongal


Pongal
Pongal



Rasgulla is a dessert from Odisha, East India, that consists of cheese balls made from chhena cottage cheese and semolina, cooked in a light, clear sugar syrup until the syrup permeates the cheese balls. It is sweet, with a crumbly and slightly chewy texture.

Rasgulla
Rasgulla



Rice Basmati is locally produced in Mumbai, and while it can be eaten plain, it is often used as the accompaniment to many other dishes.

Rice Basmati
Rice Basmati



Roasted Moong Jor Garam is a delicious and somewhat healthy snack made from mung beans, which are dried, roasted, and tossed in powdered turmeric, black pepper and salt.

Roasted Moong Jor Garam
Roasted Moong Jor Garam



Rogan Josh Mutton from Mumbai.

Rogan Josh Mutton
Rogan Josh Mutton



Sabudana Khichadi is a dish made from soaked sago / tapioca, cumin seeds, peanuts, grated coconut, coriander leaves, potatoes, chili, lemon juice and salt. It has a consistency similar to steamed white rice, slightly sticky, starchy and chewy.

Sabudana Khichadi


Sabudana Khichadi


Sabudana Khichadi
Sabudana Khichadi



Salli Gosht is a dish of curried lamb / goat, popular in Parsi / Zoroastrian culture. It is made with stewed lamb / goat, onions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, salt, powdered coriander, chili, cane sugar / white sugar, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks, pepper, cumin seeds, garam masala, potatoes and tomatoes. The resulting dish has a slightly sweet, savoury taste, with tender, fall-off-the-bone meat.

Salli Gosht
Salli Gosht



Sambhar / Sambar is a thin vegetable soup / broth, made with pigeon peas, tamarind pulp, tomatoes, carrots, okra, potatoes, onions, powdered asafoetida / asafetida, powdered turmeric, salt, coconut meat, lentils, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, pepper and chili. It is very common throughout South India, and is often served as a side dish for a meal.

Sambhar / Sambar
Sambhar / Sambar



Sevaiyaan Kheer / Seviya Kheer is a sweet dessert made with vermicelli, almonds, milk, sugar, powdered cardamom, raisins and clarified butter (Ghee).

Sevaiyaan Kheer / Seviya Kheer


Sevaiyaan Kheer / Seviya Kheer


Sevaiyaan Kheer / Seviya Kheer
Sevaiyaan Kheer / Seviya Kheer



Sevaiyaan Lemon / Lemon Seviyan Upma / Lemon Semiya Upma is a savoury dish made with vermicelli, mustard seeds, onions, grated coconut, curry leaves, peanuts, lemon juice, chili and salt. It is typically eaten for breakfast.

Sevaiyaan Lemon / Lemon Seviyan Upma / Lemon Semiya Upma


Sevaiyaan Lemon / Lemon Seviyan Upma / Lemon Semiya Upma
Sevaiyaan Lemon / Lemon Seviyan Upma / Lemon Semiya Upma



Spiced Maiden is an Indian-inspired mocktail, made with rum, guava juice, pineapple juice, lime juice and sipped through a mix of chili powder and salt, garnished with a slice of lemon.

Spiced Maiden (Rum, Guava, Pineapple, Lime, Chili, Salt)


Spiced Maiden (Rum, Guava, Pineapple, Lime, Chili, Salt)


Spiced Maiden (Rum, Guava, Pineapple, Lime, Chili, Salt)



Tawa Phulka is a thin, soft, round flatbread made with atta whole wheat flour, water and salt. It is cooked / grilled on a gridle, and is grease free, thus, it is also the most healthy Indian bread.

Tawa Phulka
Tawa Phulka


Tawa Phulka



Vegetable Manchow Soup is a popular Chinese-inspired Indian soup. It is made with spring onions, button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic, carrot, cabbage, vegetable stock, chili, soy sauce, tofu, salt, corn flour, capsicum / bell pepper, pepper, french beans and garnished with deep-fried crispy noodles. It has a thick, stew consistency, and is slightly sour and spicy.

Vegetable Manchow Soup
Vegetable Manchow Soup



Wada Pav / Vada Pav is a popular vegetarian street snack, consisting of a spiced deep-fried potato fritter, chili and a small deep-fried buttered bread / bun (Pav). It is also known as the Indian Burger, and several variations exist.

Wada Pav / Vada Pav
Wada Pav / Vada Pav






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