5 Dishes that make Mumbai Unique
Mumbai or Bombay is a city of many cultures and attractions. The sheer variety that this city has to offer is rather astounding; the burgeoning population, their foods, art, music, drama make it a very vibrant city. Here are 5 unique foods that lend it character. These are the dishes that can be called the soul food of Mumbai. Before you book hotels in Mumbai, learn more about these dishes –
The one dish – a wholesome dish – that you are likely to find in every street corner of Mumbai is the Vada Pav. The Indian version of the burger, the Vada Pav, is essentially a deep fried patty made of mashed potatoes and spices stuffed into a bun with a rich garlicky powder and various sauces. Not only is it wholesome and high in satiety value, the vada pav is just what suits the average Indian palate. Each Mumbaikar undoubtedly has a favourite vada pav stall but these are among the best – Ashok Vada Pav (Dadar), Dhiraj Vada Pav (Vile Parle West), Aaram Vada Pav (Fort).
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When in Mumbai eat like the Maharashtrians do. Varan Bhaat is a quintessentially Maharashtrian dish that you may want to sample at a simple family-run restaurant. Make no mistake, these outlets may well give some of the top restaurants in Mumbai a run for their money. Varan Bhaat is steamed rice topped with split pigeon pea (Arhar dal) cooked very simply with turmeric and coconut shavings tempered with cumin and green chillies. The best places to try this are some of the top restaurants in Mumbai.
The Bombay Sandwich is a quick meal that is put together with an assortment of ingredients like cucumbers, beetroots, potatoes, onions, cheese, cumin, black salt, cumin, cardamom, coriander, and an assortment of chutneys including garlic, tomato, coriander and mint, and chillies. It is a wholesome meal that is preferred by students and working professionals. Amar Juice Centre in Worli Sea Face, and the sandwich stalls of Bhendi Street are the best places to try the Bombay Sandwich.
Bombay Duck is not a duck dish but is a favourite with the sea food lovers in the city. The Bombil is an indigenous fish that is found aplenty in the blue-green waters of the Arabian Sea. The fish is flattened and marinated in spices, then dipped in batter and deep fried. It is eaten as a snack or as a side to a main dish. The best places to try the Bombil fry include Gajalee (Andheri West), Malwani Kalwan (Andheri West), Fishland (Thane West), and Pangat (Borivali).
A staple of those who swear by meat in Mumbai, Bheja Fry is a delicacy that showcases the Muslim heritage of the city. Goat brain or bheja is scrambled and cooked lightly with spices, onion, tomatoes, chillies and ginger. Not only is it one of the tastiest delicacies you can find in town, it is also one of the healthiest. While it is quite easy to find stalls selling this unique dish, particularly during the Iftar times, here are a few restaurants that have quite a name for themselves specialising in Bheja Fry – Bademiyan (Colaba), Sigdi (Bandra), Borivali Biryani Centre (Borivali), and Yaadgaar (Bandra Bus Depot).
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