Three Mumbai Street Foods (plus two street drinks)

One of the reasons, I love Mumbai so much is because of its culinary diversity. Today, I am sharing my absolute favorite street food with you.

Vada Pav

My absolute favourite, Vada Pav is the perfect grab-and-go snack. It’s basically a deep fried patty of spiced mashed potatoes in a bun.

You will see college kids, businessmen, tourists and taxi drivers all enjoy this Mumbai street food that may not be healthy but absolutely delicious and filling when you are looking for a quick bite on the go.

Mumbai Street Food: Vada Pav
Mumbai Street Food: Vada Pav

Pani Puri

Pani Puri is one the most fun street foods in Mumbai. The round hollow puri is fried crisp and filled with a mix of potato, chickpeas, onion, tamarind chutney, chaat masala and then dipped into flavoured water (ibli pani). Now the fun part: stuff the dripping pani puri into your mouth and enjoy!

If you are not sure about hygiene of the street side Pani Puri, I suggest you visit Elco Pani Puri Centre in Bandra. They make their pani puri with bottled water. You can either have it upstairs in the non AC restaurant or at their street side Pani Puri stand.

Mumbai Street Food: Pani Puri
Mumbai Street Food: Pani Puri

Bombay Sandwich

Bombay Sandwich is not just any sandwich. This famous sandwich includes beetroot, potato, onion, cucumber, green chutney and a lot of butter. The secret however is the chaat masala. You probably find a sandwich wala at every corner of the city –but definitely opposite of every college.

Coconut Water

Technically fresh coconut water is a street drink but how can I not mention it?! Coconut water has many health benefits and is the perfect drink when you are out and about to explore Mumbai. You can choose between Malaiwala (less coconut water, but you can ask the coconut guy to open it up after you drank it and then you can eat the coconut flesh) or Paniwala (more coconut water, no coconut flesh).

Cutting Chai

Another popular street side drink is the famous Indian chai. Served in typical small tea glasses (be careful: they get really hot), you find chaiwalas around all office areas, tourist attractions and pretty much anywhere else around the city. The name cutting chai is specific to Mumbai street tea which can be ordered as “half glass”. I am sure you have figured by now that most people in Mumbai are always in a rush. And because chai on the streets in served piping hot and people don’t have time to let it cool down, they started ordering “cutting chai”.

Mumbai Street Food: Cutting Chai
Mumbai Street Food: Cutting Chai

Let me know your favorite Mumbai street food in the comments below.

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