Mumbai, it seems, lives to eat

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A “tikka” joint on Mohammed Ali Road

Five days in Mumbai at the beginning of this month were not enough for me.
Over the last couple of years, I have fallen hook, line and sinker for life in one of India’s most well-known metropolis – not the least because of the hustle and bustle of life there – but for the myriad variety of food it offers.
Mumbai, in one sense, can be called the world’s street food capital and, as I found out yet again, it’s not an understatement.

A generous helping of “missal pao”

The omnipresent vada-pao (mash potato fritters with a bun) can be found in several shapes and sizes and in several forms, as I discovered this time round. The “missal pao”, which is served with a spicy and tangy chutney, is an amazing concoction. So is the ‘vada’ served with the South Indian ‘sambhar’ (spicy lentil curry). And, of course, one has to have the traditional Mumbai offering, the ‘karak’ chai (strong tea), served in a small glass tumbler.

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A hot glass of “karak chai” is a must

The best part of the whole deal, besides the price, is while the hunger pangs are taken care of for a few hours, one never ends up feeling “full”. Perhaps, the ‘chai’ has something to do with it!

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This 80-year old shop outside the legendary VT Railway Station churns out several thousands of ‘vada pao’ every day

This time round, I also made it a point to go to what is supposedly the world’s most famous “street food” street, Mohammed Ali Road. This entire area is known for its non-vegetarian food cooked right on the road and straight into your hands. Just taking a walk along the place can take several hours and you will never be able to see everything.

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The ‘vada’ is served with traditional South Indian ‘sambhar’

A mistake I made was that I went at night. Daylight is the best time to come, was told later – because that is when one can take in the sights, and the food, much better!
That, of course, is a must for the next visit.

6 thoughts on “Mumbai, it seems, lives to eat

  1. Wonderful food pictures!!

    Mumbai really has fantastic street food. Vada pav is good and so is the pav bhaaji. Some how even the pavs are different from their north indian counterparts.

    I am on the quest to find the perfect biryani in Mumbai πŸ™‚

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  2. Hey Mandeep, M glad you loved my wonderful city and it Indeed offers a pleauthora of foods to eat from different regions of the country . For instance the missal pav is a famous Maharashtrian dish served with onions and lemon. The Vada Samabar is a south indian offering now a staple street food. In Mumbai the tea is infused with spices like ginger and cardamom to give it that extra strength, hence called Kadak which translates to strong in Hindi. The chaat here is to another level and must not be missed on your next visit.

    There is more to see and explore. Happy Voyage.

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    1. 🀣🀣🀣I am almost a native of Mumbai and know about all the foods – and more. I may be staying in Bahrain but am an INDIAN remember πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Whether it’s the kadak chai or the vada sambar or the missal pao or the vada pao or even the plethora of delicacies at Mohammed Ali Road and Teen Tanki (bhendi bazaar/chor bazaar), I am absolutely in love with the city 😁😁😁😁

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