Homemade Version Of Mumbai's Favorite Street Foods
One thing that unites all Mumbaikars is our love for our street food. These delectable delights sold by hawkers on stalls across the city are loved and cherished by all alike. It wouldn't be wrong to say that if it weren't for our bhaiyajis we would be starved to death! Just kidding ;)
But you get the picture; we love our street food and cannot give it up. However, with so many new and weird kind of diseases cropping up on us out of nowhere (I'm talking swine flu, bird flu, and god-knows-what flu!), we have no choice but to be extra careful about our health. So what if we can't eat street food on the streets anymore, these homemade versions of 20 of the most popular junk foods taste just as good! Try them!
- Pani Puri: Just buy a pack of puris from a good retailer and make the teekha and meetha pani at home. Use soaked sprouts or make your own ragda, and you're done!
- Sev Puri: Boil some potatoes and mash them up with a pinch of salt and some chaat masala. Place a little bit of it on a flat puri, add finely chopped onions and tomatoes, homemade chutneys and top it off with sev!
- Bhel Puri: Use all ingredients of the sev puri (mentioned earlier) and pop them in a large mixing bowl. Add a handful of puffed rice or kurmura and give it a nice stir. 5-minute bhel puri is ready!
- Chinese Bhel: Who knew that fried rice-noodles mixed with chopped cabbage, spring onions, vinegar and Schezwan sauce could taste so good!
- Veg Manchurian: Finely chop a large cabbage and add salt, vinegar, soy sauce and Schezwan sauce and some corn flour. Make balls and fry them in oil. Ta-da!
- Hot And Sour Soup: This delicious soup is prepared with stir fried vegetables (carrots, cabbage, baby corn, spring onions) cooked in simmering vegetable (or chicken) stock with vinegar, soya sauce, chilli sauce, and corn flour.
- Indo-Chinese Fried Rice And Noodles: Unlike contemporary Chinese food which is bland in comparison to what we get on the streets, Indo-Chinese food is made with boiled rice or noodles tossed in stir fried vegetables or egg and chicken with soy sauce, vinegar and Schezwan sauce for added flavour and spice.
- Vada Pav: Who doesn't love vada pav? This is a Mumbaiyya staple and the most preferred breakfast option for the masses. Mashed boiled potatoes, flavoured with Indian spices and deep fried after coating with besan. Mmm… heaven inside a pav!Don't forget the 3 important chutneys – teekha chutney, meetha chutney and the dry lassoon chutney!
- Punjabi Samosa: Another daily staple for most of the city's population, a samosa is a pastry stuffed usually with potato and relished with either pav or chhole with the chutneys! There are many variations of the stuffing like mutton keema, chicken, noodles and even dry fruits.
- Idli: Even though the idli is a south Indian specialty, its popularity in Mumbai is huge! With stall vendors selling a plate of idli at only 10 rupees this is easily the most affordable and delicious fast food there is. It's made by steaming soaked and ground rice and is enjoyed with coconut chutney.
- Medu Wada: Another South staple but equally loved by Mumbaiites, the medu wada looks like a bagel at first glance. It is mainly made of soaked urad dal (skinned black gram) seasoned with cumin seeds, black peppercorns, chopped curry leaves, chopped coriander leaves, chopped coconut pieces, chopped green chili, chopped ginger and chopped onions and deep fried in oil. So, so delicious!
- Ussal-Missal Pav: This Maharashtrian fast food is not just yummy but very healthy and light on the stomach too. It's made of mixed sprouts flavoured with Indian garam masala and lots of spice. The farsan sprinkled on top totally takes the dish out of this world!
- Dosa: If you said that you don't like dosa, I would drive you out of the city! Well, not really. But everybody loves these flat crepes made with soaked and ground rice.
- Puri Bhaji: Potato bhaji never tasted better than it does with deep fried puris! The puris (that are made of maida) may be a little heavy if you have a delicate tummy, but that doesn't take away the fact that this dish is absolutely delicious!
- Halwa Puri: My personal favorite, sooji ka halwa is made with semolina and dry fruits, fried in pure ghee flavoured with cardamom and served with puris.
- Pav-Bhaji: You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make pav-bhaji. Mixed boiled vegetables in a tomato-based gravy with special pav-bhaji masala served with buttered pav. Mouth watering, isn't it?
- Chole Bhature: Making chhole bhature is simply a piece of cake! Add boiled chickpeas to a tomato based gravy flavoured with Indian garam masala and serve with bhature (over-sized puris made of maida).
- Dabeli: Ask about fast food to any Gujarati residing in Mumbai and pat comes the reply "Dabeli bauu tasty chhe!" (which means dabeli is really tasty!). And it sure is! Boiled mashed potatoes made with a special dabeli masala sprinkled with fried groundnuts and sev, and stuffed in a pav.
- Dahi Vada: Flavours of north India are also much savored by us Mumbaikars. Dahi vada or dahi bhalle are made with lentil dumplings or flour crispies, pieces of boiled potatoes and chickpeas dunked in whipped yogurt and topped with roasted spices and chutneys.
- Kachori: Kachori is a crisp, deep fried pastry stuffed with Indian spices like cumin, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, and other garam masala. The best part about eating a kachori is poking a hole in it and stuffing it with chutneys, farsan and sweet whipped yogurt.