5 Best Mumbai Food Dishes To Try: What And Where to Eat in Mumbai
Mumbai is different from most cities in our country. It is a city that has a little of everything and attracts many people from all corners of India. The food here is as diverse as the people, ranging from street food to fine cuisine to small snacks. For all those visiting this great city, here are some items you must try:
1 Batata Vada
It is so good that they made a song on it starring Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor. “Pyaar nahi Karna tha Karna pada Batata vada, batata vada!”
It always kind of makes us cringe when the vada pav, Maharashtra’s street food staple, is flagged as the ‘Indian burger’. A combination of boiled and mashed batata or potato, herbs, chilli, ginger and garlic fried in besan or gram flour, destined to be sandwiched in the unsweetened ladi pav, complete only when the salted Mirchi and lasooni chutney hit the back of your throat and make you tear up – it is quite certain that the vada pav is very much its own glorious entity. There’s even a World Vada Pav Day – we promise we’re not making this up – celebrated on August 23rd.
2 Butter Chicken
No visit to Mumbai can ever be complete without tucking into the massive sizzlers at Kobe Sizzlers which are usually served on a bed of rice and accompanied by thick-cut fries and assorted veggies. They have a huge variety of sizzlers, but the Shashlik, with either grilled chicken or fried paneer, is one you should not miss.
This ubiquitous dish traces its roots to the days of the Mughals when calorie counting was a thing of the future. This must-order dish when Indian families go out for dinner is made from chunks of chicken, marinated overnight in a yoghurt and spice mix that includes ginger garlic paste and lime juice. It is then grilled or pan-fried. An ultra-rich sauce made with butter, tomato puree, cumin, garam masala and fresh cream is then poured over. It’s best had with Indian bread like rotis, naan or parathas. Don’t confuse it with chicken tikka masala, which is a story for another day
‘Spongebob Squarepants’ without legs is the apt physical description for this item. This particular tasty treat goes wherever Gujaratis go. Dhoklas are amazingly popular and with the chutney, these become a mouth-watering treat.
4 Bombay Sandwich
The Bombay Sandwich is a street food of Mumbai with a combination of most unlikely ingredients. It consists of three buttered white bread slices with slices of beetroot, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, onion rings, and mint chutney between them. The sandwich also comes with a toasted variant.
A Maharashtrian sweet prepared during the Ganesh festival around August, modak is offered to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, because it is his favorite sweet. Wheat flour dough kneaded with milk, stuffed with grated coconut and mixed with sugar or jaggery. Shaped like a teardrop and steamed or fried. Typically 21 are made as an auspicious offering to the god and tons more for the rest of the family. It’s a pity that it’s made only once a year.