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India's Side-Walk Snacks

Mumbai Streets are home to soothsayers, barbers, cobblers, ear cleaners and other such rural migrants. Strange things land up on Mumbai Street - one of them being the fast serving "Street Vendors". There are a large variety of snacks available on the streets, which are very tempting. Huge crowds surround these stalls in the evenings. You will find regular people to some of the top personalities of Mumbai eating here.


This delicious dish is an unbeatable concoction
of crunchy yellow sev (gram-flour semolina), puffed rice, onions and potatoes, garnished with sweet sour and spicy chutneys, coriander and lime. Ideally, it has to be scooped rapidly into your mouth with the help of a crispy edible puri. Similarly there is Sev Puri which has six puris, topped with bhel.

Pani Puri

is something like a hollow cracked open and
filled with spicy water before serving. All these spicy dishes belong to a genre of north Indian snacks called chaat

Pav Bhaji 

Pav Bhaji is basically a vegetable stew, accompanied by warm, lightly sautéed in butter bread or "pao".  The dish does good business at curbside stalls where the stew is freshly prepared on a huge iron girdle called tawa. It is very easy to make pao bhaji. what you need is finely chop slices of potato, carrot, peas, onions , tomatoes and cauliflower. Smother them in butter and within a minute you can mash them into a runny stew, add Pav Bhaaji Masala that is spicy and delicious. 

Vada Pao

The staple diet of Mumbai's floating migrant
population. - cheap and filling. Vada is a spicy, deep fried potato dumpling. It is sandwiched in a thick, soft mound of bread called "pao". These vada paos are served with red or green chutney  There are small stalls of Vada Pao on every corner of Mumbai streets. Even though they are not hygienic they are eaten with great delight.

Trivia : 

Mumbai’s favorite snack was born 35 years ago, when Ashok Vaidya, a snack seller outside Dadar station, decided to experiment. The combination of batata vada and split pav continues to be the city’s sledgehammer answer to the burger.

A staunch Sena loyalist, Vaidya used to sell batata poha and batata vada when one day he offered vada with pav on a customer’s request. Soon, he discovered that there were more takers for the new delicacy. After Vaidya, his son Narendra took over the stall outside Dadar.

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Kulfi is Indian ice-cream made from rich condensed milk and flavorings. Again, there are a large number if varieties, but the basic is "malai" or cream kulfi with a dash of cardamom and nutmeg. Pista Kulfi has pistachio chips and a slight green color. Other flavors include chikoo, sitaphal and mango.

Narial Pani

Another alternative is Narial Pani or coconut water easily available at sidewalk stalls. This is a good thirst quencher, safe and quite delicious. After you're done ask the vendor to scrape out the tender kernel inside -sometimes a large coconut is a meal in itself.




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