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Bold, diverse, hearty and welcoming people from all walks of life – Mumbai’s street food is much like its people, ‘kadak’ like the cutting chai that you wash it down with. Try these dishes to get a better understanding of the city’s personality (and also to simply please your palate).

 

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#1 Khau Gallis

The forefathers of start-ups were the hawkers who set up food stalls right outside railway stations, offices and colleges. Today, khau gallis are part of the city’s identity.

Masala Khichiya @ Zaveri Bazaar Khau Galli

Freshly roasted papad is topped with finely chopped veggies, crunchy sev and dhaniya leaves. The result is a snack that brings every neuron on your taste buds alive. You’ll find the masala khichiya stall quite easily: it’s among the most crowded in this galli. Now head to Stall no. 7 and wash down the khichiya with a tall glass of Mango Lassi–be warned, there’s a delicious dilemma here, too; they serve more than 10 kinds of milk-based delights.

 

One bite and you won't know what hit you

One bite and you won’t know what hit you

Cheese-burst Dosa @ Ghatkopar Khau Galli

Oodles of cheese tucked into a pillowy pancake and spiked with tongue-tingling chutneys. If that isn’t invitation enough, the Cheese Burst Dosa has several rivals competing for your palate’s attention! “The dosas here are as startlingly tasty as they are weird” says Rohan Patoley, host for shows such as Strictly Street on Travel XP and local foodie. How about digging into Thousand Island Dosa, Cream Roll Pasta Dosa and hold your breath…Ice Cream Dosa? These are among the 50+ varieties that beckon you at Pure Milk Centre. The deluxe golas, too huge for a stick to hold, must be served on a plate and eaten in spoonfuls.

 

There's no such thing as too cheesy when it comes to dosa

There’s no such thing as too cheesy when it comes to dosa

#2 Food Trucks

Kheema Pav @ Bombay Food Truck

They’ve pulled off a masterstroke by taking the Kheema Pav from Mahim Khau Galli and Mohammed Ali Road, and turning it into their irresistible version! “Creativity is what you make of what you already have. The sheer presentation of the keema pav here is an example,” adds Rohan Patoley. Bombay Food Truck, one of the first to roll into the city, is now parked at BKC. Do also try their Pav Bhaji Roll, Mutton Keema Hotdog and Do Nut Murgi Burger. Bombay doesn’t get more Mumbai than that!

Timings: 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Their Pav Bhaji Roll, Mutton Keema Hotdog and Do Nut Murgi Burger is absolutely yummmmm ;hungryforever.com

Their Pav Bhaji Roll, Mutton Keema Hotdog and Do Nut Murgi Burger is absolutely yummmmm ;hungryforever.com

Pasta in a Cone @ Tasty Trails

You know a food place has its act right when it has you eating out of its hands…or rather, waffle cones! Rohan Patoley, a resident of Kandivali himself, adds “We Mumbaikars like everything in generous quantities – the cheese on our pasta for instance.”  When you’re eating pasta stewed in rich sauce topped with dollops of cheese the same way you eat an ice cream, life is good. This happy yellow-coloured truck with fun graffiti, at Kandivali, is a hot favourite with the late-night after-party crowd.

Timings: 7 PM to 11 PM on weekdays, 6:30 PM to 11 PM on weekends. Wednesdays closed.

 

Everything tastes better when served in a waffle cone; zomato.com

Everything tastes better when served in a waffle cone; zomato.com

#3 Gourmet Touch

Pav Bhaji Fondue @ SpiceKlub

Pav bhaji took birth as a quick bite for mill workers. But now, besides being the star of Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach and Sardar Pav Bhaji, it has become the muse of high end chefs. The Pav Bhaji Fondue at this vegetarian eatery in Lower Parel scores on elegant presentation. Also on the menu: deconstructed vada pav, test tube pani puri, kalakhatta mojito.

Move over chocolate and cheese fondues, Pav Bhaji fondue is here to save the day

Move over chocolate and cheese fondues, Pav Bhaji fondue is here to save the day

Jalebi Sandwich @ DesiKlub

Two jalebis holding together kesar mousse: too sweet and cumbersome to eat? One bite and you know why desserts are termed sinful. Keeping up the style, dishes at this restaurant in Nariman Point have you cocking a brow until you taste them and give in – like a combination of pav bhaji gravy and hakka noodles (Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain) or another dish that involves samosa filling mixed with spicy yogurt dressed in pomegranate (Taste Ka Kuan).

Desi Jalebi with a modern tadka

Desi Jalebi with a modern tadka

Even the gourmet dishes in this city are now seasoned by the flavours of the street. In the same way, Mumbai manages to season the new people, who come here, and makes them its own kind of ‘kadak’, with a stomach for risk and taste buds for adventure. The veteran foodie’s take on it is “If you want to get to know Mumbai through its food, forget the restaurants and hit the streets. It’s quite hygienic and dirt cheap – what more can you ask for?”

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