Mumbai, the city of dreams, is truly a magical place for not just aspirers but for foodies also. Its cultural diversity is what attracts people which can totally be seen in the culinary richness the city offers. Whether it’s Muslim, Gujarati, South-Indian, Parsi, or Maharashtran, there are a number of dishes to eat in Mumbai with countless flavours, colours, and textures. One can easily taste the true flavours of Mumbai’s best dishes without even worrying about the pockets. So, take a look at the top 10 food to eat in Mumbai.
Akuri is usually prepared from scrambled eggs mixed with onions, tomatoes red chilli powder and green chillies topped with fresh coriander. Even raw mangoes can be used in season as an ingredient with milk, jeera (cumin) powder, curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste. The dish is considered amongst great Parsi breakfast dishes and every family has its own way of preparing this meal.
If you are not a Mumbaikar, this is something which should not be skipped. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch or teatime, Batata Vada can go with anything. It is made from mashed boiled potatoes mixed with green chillies, lime juice, turmeric, ginger, garlic and coriander leaves, which is then dipped in a besan (gram flour) batter and finally fried. It is usually dished up with green chutney or fried green chillies.
The Bombay sandwich is a mixture of the most unlikely ingredients prepared from buttered white bread. Its ingredients include thin slices of tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot, onion rings, boiled potatoes and mint chutney. Giving you the most refreshing tangy taste, it is something which can be found in every cafe or street-side of Mumbai. It has a toasted version in which you can relish steamed vegetables inside that will give a totally different flavour.
There is no union better than bread and butter and this is what makes this dish an iconic one. Made from brun or gutli pao, local bread of Mumbai, it gives a crispy-hard and crumbly texture on the outside but deliciously soft inside. The brun is sliced and butter is applied lavishly. You can notice a bit of sugary taste in some places. It is usually taken with chai (tea). If you are not a Mumbaikar, try dipping brun maska in chai.
Yes, it is Mumbai’s “Chaat”. It is a kind of snack that every ‘bhel walla’ will make in a different way with a matchless blend of flavours. The dish is made with simple yet amazing ingredients, including puffed rice, papadi, sev, onions, potatoes, and sweet and sour chutney. This snack is a total stress buster which is cheap and is available on every street side of this city.
And here is something which is connected with us from school days. Chicken Mayo Roll is just the plain boiled chicken mixed with sweet mayonnaise and celery leaf which is all wrapped up in a bread roll. You can even see it on the screens during the interval breaks, yes it is that famous! This spice loving city loved this dish like any other local food and it is available in bakeries and some grocery stores in upmarket areas.
It is the combination of the two delicious dishes, Ragda (soft, spicy, rugged-flavoured chickpeas) and Pattice (mashed potato shaped into fat pattice and fried). The best way to have it is by crushing the ragda with the pattice with chopped onions, tangy lip-smacking sauce and spicy green chutney. Mix up everything and experience what this city tastes like.
Faluda is a rich drink adopted from a Persian dessert which was brought to India by the Mughals. It is made from vermicelli mixed with milk, dry fruits, rose syrup (optional) and sabza or basil seeds with the topping of ice cream. It is something you would like to pick on a hot-dry day to refresh and energize yourself.
It is usually made in homes by mixing chana dal (yellow gram) and sugar (gur) till it dries up. It is then grinded with hands to smooth it out. Cardamom powders and other spices are added to enhance its flavour. Small balls of this paste are then stuffed into dough of wheat flour. These balls are finally roasted on a flat pan with a little ghee or butter. Puran Poli is a traditional dish made during Holi and Dussehra.
As unique as its name, Frankie is made from juicy naan bread having egg coating which is stuffed with mutton or chicken and then rolled up. A unique combination of spices is sprinkled to improve the flavours. The vegetarian option skips eggs and the stuffing includes paneer or potatoes. This famous and most-picked dish is inspired by the Lebanese pita bread wrap. It is a quick delectable snack which is usually eaten on the go.
So, without further ado, choose what you really want and let your taste bud enjoy some of the finest dishes of Mumbai.
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