An Overview of Mumbai’s Iconic Dishes

Mumbai, located in Maharashtra, India, is a city rich in culture, history and, of course, delectable cuisine. Whether you’re seeking a hot and savory snack or an exquisite and complex dish, there are a number of offerings from the bustling city’s many kitchens. Here is an inside look into the basics of what you can expect from Mumbaikitchen1.


No trip to Mumbai is complete without savoring the savory flavor of a freshly made bhelpuri. This beloved snack consists of crunchy puffed rice, Sev (crunchy chickpea-based snack) and chopped veggies including onions, potatoes, and tomatoes. These ingredients are all tossed with chutneys and sev and then lightly seasoned with freshly-roasted cumin powder and tangy, sour lemon juice. Delicious and surprisingly nutritious, this is the ideal snack when you’re on the go.

Pani Puri

Pani puri is one of Mumbai’s favorite street snacks, often found at popular snack shops, or even during festivals. Crispy, hollow puri shells, filled with a mouthwatering mixture of potatoes, chickpeas, spices, and chutneys are first filled with a zingy, savory mint-and-tamarind based liquid, called Pani. Pani Puri is light yet filling, flavorful and bursting with delightful tastes.

Pav Bhaji

The perfect dish for a hungry and busy lifestyle, pav bhaji consists of a thick, spiced veggie-filled bhaji, usually served with a soft bread called pav. Bhaji, consisting of mashed and spiced potatoes, peas, tomatoes and bell peppers, can be as flavorful and spicy as you’d like, and can also be prepared with meats like chicken, fish, and lamb. Served hot and sizzling, this beloved dish is typically enjoyed with generous spoonfuls of butter and lime.

Misal Pav

Misal pav is another much-loved snack, popular with both locals and tourists. This delicious dish consists of spicy, flavorful sprouts that have been lightly cooked in an onion-based masala. Served with warm pav and onion-lime salad, this fiery yet fragrant snack is topped with farsan (savory mix) and crunchy, to make it a truly delectable delight.

Mumbai’s vast kitchen provides so much for its many locals and visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re in search of a light and crunchy snack or something more hearty and full of flavor, these four basics dishes provide an introduction to the varied, flavorful tastes found in Mumbai kitchens.

For the best culinary experience, don’t miss out on trying the delicious and iconic dishes of Mumbai. Try the famous pav bhaji, vada pav, and misal pav for an unforgettable taste sensation.

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