Must have things in Mumbai- a foodies guide

What’s most exciting about the local food in Mumbai is not the ‘authentic’ fare from other states. It’s the native, borrowed, interpreted, re-interpreted, refurbished versions that collectively create the landscape of Mumbaiah cuisine.

Here are a few meals that will make you understand what food means to Mumbaikars.

Street food in Mumbai has a distinctly different flavour from that of the street food in other parts of the country. What may have started as chaat from Uttar Pradesh (UP), eventually got modified to a whole new kind of food. The addition of onion and garlic and the abundant use of red chilli powder which was traditionally missing in the Lakhnawi version gives an earthy quality to most dishes.

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From Paav BhajiVada Paav, potato and onion Bhajias, Bombay sandwiches, street-sideDosasPatti Samosas, Pani PuriSev PuriDahi PuriRagda Pattis, boiled Channa Chaat,Kala Khatta, raw mango slices and berries in Chinese Bhel Indian-style pizzas heaped with cheese to fresh fruit accompanied by real dairy cream that is rare to find in most places. This is a gastronomes delight.

From Paav BhajiVada Paav, potato and onion Bhajias, Bombay sandwiches, street-sideDosasPatti Samosas, Pani PuriSev PuriDahi PuriRagda Pattis, boiled Channa Chaat,Kala Khatta, raw mango slices and berries in Chinese Bhel Indian-style pizzas heaped with cheese to fresh fruit accompanied by real dairy cream that is rare to find in most places. This is a gastronomes delight.

To start with, if you are in the suburbs you could head to Juhu and seek out – ChowpattyAmar Juice CenterSharma Chaat Center near ‘On Toes’, and hawkers outside Mithibhai college in the Suburbs.

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In South Mumbai, Girgaum Chowpatty snack shops, Bachelors for shakes, Indian style pizzas and sandwiches, and Homji Street Khao Galli (Fort) offer a spectrum of street food.Cannon (near CST) and Sardar (Tardeo) are famous for Pao Bhaji, Gurukrupa (Sion) for Samosa Ragda and Haj Ali Juice Centre for fresh juices, fruit cream, sandwiches and Indian style pizzas.

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Bombil, prawn and Surmai fries, fresh and tangy fish curries and Sol Kadi as a before and after drink are a must. If you have any space in your tummy left, I would enviously recommend Mutton Masala and Tisriya (mussels) Suke, rice Bhakris and fried, deep-golden wade to mop it all up. If you are extra lucky, you will run into a Gaboli fry in season for fish roe. This is a meal that will grow on you and have you coming back each time you are in Mumbai.

whereSatkar (near Goregaon station) for Malvani, Highway Gomantak (on the Western Express Highway, Bandra East) and Goa House (Juhu), Singhudurg and Pradeep Gomatak(Fort).

There are a number of Mumbai’s old school bar’s, A modern american/international meal, A mangalorean meal, An irani cafe or parsi meal these are a few few things to look for in Mumbai.

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