• Manan Nagpal

Mumbai's Secret Street Food Guide

Explore the city by eating your way around it.

Black Chamcham Masala Pav

The best, delicious method to unblock your sinuses is with chunks of soft pav coated in spicy black pepper bhaji. It can be found at Maa Anjani in Borivali. This restaurant is known for its Black Pav Bhaji, Kothmir Masala Pav, and Chamcham Masala Pav. This place is frequented for its distinctiveness, despite the ordinary ambience and adequate seating options.

Samosa Sandwich

Mumbai's street food is colourful and adventurous. Of course, a samosa sandwich is waiting for us. Manoj Sandwich Walla, with his tiny cart, delivers delicious samosa sandwiches right outside Heera Panna Shopping Complex.

The crispy samosas are broken down, topped with tomatoes, slathered with green chutney and a pinch of spices, and then sandwiched between two slices of bread. He usually arrives around 5 p.m., so give this one a shot.

Location: Get it outside Heera Panna Shopping Centre in Haji Ali


Pizza Dosa

It's basically a spicy pizza atop a thin crispy crepe, often known as open-cheese dosa.

It's a one-of-a-kind fusion dish prepared using dosa batter from South India and pizza toppings. In fact, it's extremely similar to uttapam, but with cheese and pizza sauce on top. It's a great late-night snack.

It's available at almost every street dosa stall, but I particularly recommend the one across from N.M. College in Vile Parle.

Jinny Dosa

A stuffing of mixed vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, and capsicum is cooked in schezwan sauce, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, and a few Indian spice mixes in jinny dosa. There's also grated cheese.

The end result is a delicious, crispy, cheese jinny dosa with a spicy, sour, sweet flavour and crunchiness from the vegetables. The flavour of cheese is noticeable and pairs well with the vegetables.

Almost like a pizza dosa, but wrapped up into glorious towers. This is one of the most famous street food you can get!

Location: Get it outside Mithibai College, Vile Parle.

Masala Khichiya

It's a delicious combination of roasted or fried khichiya papad, butter, veggies, chutney, and sev. Masala khichiya papad provides a rush of flavours to your taste when all of the ingredients are combined in the proper proportions.

Khichiya, a healthier alternative to papad, is topped with sev and coriander leaves and drowned with chutneys, onions, and chaat masala.

Location: Get it at Zaveri Bazaar in Bhuleshwar.

Vada Pav with Extra Crispy Fried Batter

Regular vada pav is delicious in its own right, but with an extra serving of fried batter, it's much better. Street Food in Mumbai isn't the same without Vada Pav!

Location: Get it Ashok Vada Pav outside Kirti College, Dadar.

Masala Kamrakh

A seasonal winter snack made with star fruit and a few Indian spices that's quick and easy to make. The Kamrakh/Carambola/Star fruit is a sweet and tart juicy fruit that resembles a star when sliced. Kamrakh is high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fibre, as well as being low in salt, fat, and acids. Cut up star fruit with spice on top makes for a really Instagrammable snack.

Aloo Bomb

Street vendors affectionately refer to this variation of the "Baked Stuffed Potato" as a "Bomb." The answer to all your fantasies is whole potatoes scooped and stuffed with a chatpata paneer filling and topped with spicy green chutney, onions, tomatoes, sev, and coriander.

Location: Outside Gopi Birla Memorial School in Walkeshwar.

Pizza Punch

A pizza-sev puri hybrid has been created by some genius. It's sev puri with cheese and Italian flavours on top.

This cheesilicious Pizza Punch is a must-try (Italian version of Sev Puri). Pizza Punch is a Sev Puri filled with pizza ingredients and mozzarella that has been roasted over an open flame from a flamethrower.

Location: Get it at Shreeji's, near Chamunda Circle in Borivali West.

Bun Maska

Mumbai's most underappreciated street food is also its most comforting. Freshly cooked, oh-so-soft bread with a generous amount of Amul butter tastes just like home.

Location: Get it at Khao Gali at Nariman Point or at pretty much any Irani restaurant.

Wafer Sandwich

Any list is incomplete without this frozen dessert. This ice cream spread between two wafer biscuit wafers is a must-have on any list. One of the nicest ice cream flavours is coffee.

Location: Get it only at K. Rustoms, Churchgate.

Chocolate Sandwich

What is Nutella, exactly? Who is Nutella, anyway? When you try this warm sandwich with chocolate inside, outside, on the side, and EVERYWHERE, you'll almost forget about it. This is one of the best dessert in Mumbai and you can even find this being sold by the street vendors.

Location: Get it at Raju Sandwich, opposite H.R. College, Churchgate.

If your favourites weren't included in this list, tell us about your hidden gems in the comments below.

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