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Information About Mumbai and the Street Foods of Mumbai

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Information On Mumbai City

Mumbai formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the fourth most populous city in the world, with its current population being around 20.5 million, in the metropolitan area.

Mumbai is located along the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. It is the wealthiest city in India and home to many of the richest people in the world. However, there are some of the poorest people also vying for a place to survive in this most attractive of cities, the city of opportunities as it has been known for decades.

Mumbai initially comprised of seven islands that were home to the fishing community of Mumbai, the Koli community. It was during the mid 18th century that the area between these seven islands was reclaimed from the sea.

Major roads and railways were constructed by the mid 19th century. This transformed Bombay into a major sea port. During this period the city of Bombay experienced major economic and educational development as well.

Initially incorporated as a Bombay state, when India attained independence in 1947. In 1960 when the state of Maharashtra was created, Bombay was named its capital.

In 1996, Bombay was named Mumbai-the name being derived from the Goddess Mumbadevi, which is the Goddess of the Kolis, the native inhabitants of Mumbai.

Today, Mumbai is the commercial, economic, financial and entertainment capital of India. Because of the massive job and business opportunities that Mumbai offers and higher standard of living that comes with increased incomes, the city attracts migrants from other cities and villages in hundreds everyday who make their way to this city in search of a better economic future.

It is for these people, and in fact, many of these people start the business of making and serving Mumbai street foods. These foods being tasty and cheap offer a ready solution to most of these people in search of cheap and fast meals and it here that the street foods of Mumbai score over the others.

Street Foods Of Mumbai

Mumbai Street Foods

The food sold by hawkers from portable stalls or makeshift stalls is called street food. Street food is one of the earliest distinguishing characteristics of Mumbai city though today one can find street foods in each city of India. But there is no city that can match the street foods of Mumbai due to its cosmopolitan nature that has brought it's states' unique flavor and taste to these Mumbai street foods.

All classes of people flock to these roadside stalls to partake this food that is as easily available at lunch time to an executive as to the factory worker at midnight since these foods are available almost round the clock. It is for this reason Mumbai is called a city that never sleeps.

Most people and the writer himself believes that the authentic taste of Mumbai's street food cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the country or the world.


Vada Pav Recipe | Mumbai Street Food

The Variety Of Mumbai Street Foods



Following is a list of 10 very common and popular street foods of mumbai. The list is not exhaustive but has foods that are available the year round.


A brief description of these foods is accompanied by some pictures and a video to its right.


Hope you enjoy this culinary trip down Mumbai's streets.


Vada Pav


This is the most popular street food in Mumbai and the cheapest form of a meal that is consumed widely.


This dish is native to the state of Maharashtra.


Pav bhaji is a spicy vegetarian fare consisting of 2 batata vadas (fritters made of potatoes), that is sandwiched between a sliced pav.


Pav is a form of bread somewhat similar to a burger bun but not round in shape.


Vada Pav is typically served with a chutney made of tamarind as the main ingredient.


Variations of the basic vada pav like cheese vada pav (with cheese), Jain vada pav (without onions, garlic and potatoes for Jains), etc are also available.


Pani Puri Video

Pani Puri



Pani puri is also called Gol Gappe especially in North India but in Mumbai it is called pani puri.



This is another popular street food of Mumbai. It consists of a round, hollow, fried crisp puri which if filled with spice flavored water by breaking open the top of the hollow puri by tapping with a finger.



Tamarind chutney, a few pieces of boiled potatoes and chick peas are also filled in the puri before filling it with the flavored water.



The size of the puri is just right to fit the complete puri in one's mouth. It is eaten one at a time.



It is also served one at a time so that the crispness of the puri is maintained by keeping it filled with water for as little time as possible.



Bhel Puri Recipe | Mumbai Street Food

Bhel Puri



Another very popular snack street food is bhelpuri and is sometimes called chaat in North India.



It is a mixture of ingredients like puffed rice, potatoes, mango pieces cut small and fine, sev (thin noodles type fried stuff made from chickpea flour), onions, green chillies, chaat masala, tamarind chutney and coriander and mint chutney.



The entire mixture has a salty, sweet, spicy and tart taste and flavor. But the contents are crisp and crunchy.



Diced tomatoes and small green raw mango pieces are also added to it.



Sev Puri

How-to Make Sev Puri By Arina Video

Sev Puri



Another form of Indian snack or street food that is a speciality of Mumbai.


Most of the ingredients are the same as outlined above.


Puris form the base on which ingredients like potato pieces, chutneys, sev, chopped cilantro, onions garlic and raw mango pieces are spread and sprinkled.


When raw mango is unavailable or sometimes even otherwise, lemon juice is squeezed on top of the sev puris once they are ready and before being served to the customer.



Dahi Puri

Dahi Sev Puri Video

Dahi Puri



Another favorite street food of a lot of people. It consists of the hollow pani puri shells being filled not with spice flavored water but with mashed potatoes and chick peas after breaking open the top of the puris.




Salt, chilli chutney, tamarind chutney, green chutney is then added. This is then topped with yogurt and then it is garnished with sev and chopped cilantro.




Dahi puri is served by placing about 5-6 dahi puris in a plate as opposed to pani puris which are served one at a time.



Ragda Pattice Video

Ragda Pattice



Another popular Mumbai street food this! Vendors selling bhel puri, pani puri, dahi puri also sell this fast food snack.


There are two separate parts to this dish. One is Ragda which is a dried yellow pea soup and pattice which is a fried potato cutlet.


The peas are soaked overnight, then boiled and the water discarded. Once cooked along with salt and turmeric, they are mashed and fried with onions to make Ragda.


While serving this dried ragda, some water is added to the ragda to make it into a thick liquid like consistency and then fried potato cutlet is added to it.


Then this is topped with sliced onions, chopped cilantro and spicy and sweet chutneys. A dash of yogurt is sometimes added if the customer asks for it.


Normally, two potato pattice are served in a plate of Ragda.


Pav Bhaji


Pav Bhaji, yet again, is a native dish of the state of Maharashtra, though it has become popular throughout the country especially in the the Western and Central and Northern states of India.


Pav bhaji literally means bread and vegetables. but the bread here is the desi or Indian type of bread. The vegetable is a potato based, thick gravy style one.


The vegetable is garnished with chopped onions, coriander leaves, lemon juice and the pav is lightly toasted in butter, on both sides.


The vegetable has cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, green peas, green bell peppers, garlic and spices mashed and blended well together to make a thick gravy type of a vegetable.


It is a very simple dish that has become a staple food on the menu of most Indian restaurants in India and Indian restaurants abroad in countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, U.K., U.S.A., etc.


Variations of the original pav bhaji like cheese pav bhaji, paneer pav bhaji, mushroom pav bhaji, dry fruit pav bhaji and many more are available today.


Soft And Spongy Idli Recipe Video

Idli

Though idli is a staple breakfast food of South India, it has become a popular street food of Mumbai thanks to the many "Udupis" (Udupi is a town in South India) migrating to Mumbai and bringing with them their expertise of South Indian cuisine. One can thus find idlis being served as one of the popular street foods in Mumbai.

Idli is a round preparation, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, made of fermented and steamed unsweetened cake type of a batter of rice and dehusked black lentils. The fermentation process makes the idlis very soft and easily digestible.

Idlis can be eaten as an anytime snack and is either served with coconut chutney and some other chutneys or with sambhar as well, which is a vegetable stew.

The fermentation of the idli mixture is allowed to carry on overnight and the volume of the batter expands to about two and half times its original size. This is essential for the idlis to be really soft and spongy.

This batter is placed in moulds as can be seen in the picture alongside. The idlis are prepared without any oil or ghee whatsoever, steamed cooked as they are and are therefore very healthy and light on the stomach.

The sambhar is a vegetable stew made up of vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkin, carrot, okra, onions and pigeon peas etc. Salt and spices are also added. A commercially available spice mix called sambhar masala is is available and it is a mixture of roasted coriander seeds, chillies, lentils and other spices. Tamarind is also added to this stew.

The coconut chutney is the main chutney that accompanies idlis. Other chutneys like mint chutney, cilantro chutney, onion chutney can also accompany the idli sambhar.

Idlis can also be eaten on their own with only the coconut chutney or the other chutneys.

The coconut chutney ingredients are fresh coconut, dry red chillies, shallots and ginger. The chutney may also contain tamarind, curry leaves, garlic and roasted coriander seeds.


Dosa

Dosa is a fermented, thin and papery, crusty pancake like preparation that is made from rice batter and dehusked black lentils.

Though this dish is again a staple breakfast food of South India it has become one of Mumbai's favorite and popular street foods.

The batter for the dosa that is the rice and dehusked lentils are soaked in water and when soft are ground fine to form a thin batter. A ratio of 2 to 3 parts of rice to 1 part of lentils is the norm.

Next, the batter is allowed to ferment overnight. Some fenugreek seeds or methi are also added to the batter.

Variations to the basic dosa like rava dosa, made with semolina flour instead of rice flour and maida dosa, made with refined wheat flour used to replace rice flour and the like are also available.

To prepare the dosa, a thin layer of batter is spread on a flat griddle which has been lightly greased with oil or ghee. The batter is spread out thin with a ladle to form a pancake like form but a much larger one in size. The disa is served folded in half or rolled like a wrap.

If the dosa wrap contains stuffing usually of veggies with potatoes, it is called a masala dosa while the wrap without any filling is called a saada (plain) dosa.

Other variations of dosa include: moong dal dosa, chilli dosa, onion dosa, tomato dosa, uttapam, etc.


Vegetable Sandwich

Vegetable Sandwich


These are the most common type of sandwiches served as street food in Mumbai.


It is a purely vegetarian dish that uses butter applied to bread slices and a vegetable filling of tomato and cucumber slices in between the white bread.


Potato and beetroot slices are also added to this sandwich filling. Onions are sometimes added. Cheese is added if the customer specifically asks for it.


There are variations to this sandwich like, Omlette sandwich, Russian sandwich, szechuan vegetarian sandwich, etc but the above type of sandwich is the commonest and most popular since it is the cheapest.


Some Final Words

The Mumbai street foods are available in streets and by lanes, at roadside kiosks and beach side stalls etc all over the city.

They have become a hallmark of Mumbai so much so that restaurants and even 5 star hotels today serve this street fare. Indian restaurants in many parts of the world also have these street foods as part of their menu.

If you happen to visit Mumbai do make it a point to try out the Mumbai street foods. You will also find vendors on the Mumbai beaches especially Juhu beach and Chowpatty beach serve these mouth watering delicacies which you can enjoy while enjoying the sights and sounds of the sea water and the surroundings that are resplendent with merriment, joy and laughter.


Some Excellent Spots For Mumbai Street Foods

Though the best street foods are available at the Juhu beach and chowpatty beach stalls, there are certain food outlets that I am listing here for visitors to Mumbai that also serve excellent quality of these street foods.

1. Vada Pav at :

  • Shivaji Vada Pav, Mumbai snacks, Akbar house, Shop noo 2, Rajwadkar street, Colaba.
  • Anand, opp Mithibai college, Gulmohar Road, Vile-parle (west), Mumbai.
  • Ashok Satam's Stall, on the Flora Fountain side of the Central Telegraph Office (CTO), Fort., Mumbai.

2 .Pani Puri at :

  • Elco Pani puri centre, @/A, Elco market, 46, Hill Road, Bandra(west), Mumbai.
  • Punjab sweet house, Dheeraj Arcade, opposite Jude Wine shop, Pali Naka, Bandra(west), Mumbai.

3. Bhel Puri at :

  • Sharmajee's and Badshah's at Chowpatty beach, near Charni road station.

4. Pav Bhaji at :

  • Sardar's, 166-A, Tardeo Road junction, Tulsiwadi, Near Tardeo bus stop, Mumbai.
  • Cannon, Next to Capitol cinema, opposite CST ot Victoria Terminus railway station, Mumbai
  • Amar juice centre, Shop 3, opposite Cooper Hospital, Gulmohar Road No 1, Vile-parle(west), Mumbai.

5. Vegetarian Sandwich at :

  • Anil sandwich wala, outside the gates of J.B.Petit High School for Girls, Maharishi Dadhichi Marg, Fort, Mumbai.

6. Idlis at :

  • Madras Café, Anand Bhavan and Idli House, both located around King’s Circle, Matunga, Mumbai

7. Dosa at :

  • Rama Nayak’s Udipi Shree Krishna Boarding, bang outside the Matunga (E) station, Mumbai.

8. Ragda Pattice at :

  • Kailash Parbat, Sheela Mahal, 1st Pasta Lane, Colaba, Mumbai.


Please rate this hub. Thanks!

Some Indian Street Food Recipes

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 13, 2013:

I have dined at 2 Indian restaurants named Mumbai--one in Lansing, Michigan and the other in Saint Kitts, West Indies. I enjoyed the food in both places. would like to try all the street foods, but I voted for the dosa.

seanorjohn on October 13, 2013:

The streetfoodof Mumbai is streets ahead of the boring streetfood of the West. Voted up.

Sanghita Chatterjee from Kolkata on October 13, 2013:

Thanks for the post! The best thing about street food in Mumbai is that they are often hygienic than not!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2013:

@Indian Chef-glad you like these street foods. Of course it is very difficult resisting them. Thanks for reading.

@Anamika-yes one does get addicted to these mouth watering and tasty foods.

@purl3agony-glad you have the info now and know what to order when you go in next to the restaurant Thanks.

Donna Herron from USA on September 26, 2013:

There is a restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, that serves Indian street food. We've looked at the menu but never knew what to order. This wonderful hub will give us an idea of what to have. We'll have to go back and try some of the foods you mentioned here. Thanks for this great information!!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 25, 2013:

One of the things which makes me stay in Mumbai is the street food. I am addicted to street food and have it every day.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on September 25, 2013:

shared and voted 5 stars too.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on September 25, 2013:

Rajan, you made my mouth water and made me hungry. Really loved the pictures and we also get everything here in Delhi too on roads but not everywhere. Voted up, interesting , useful and awesome and shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 17, 2013:

Ishwaryaa, good to know you have tried all these street foods except one. Are these available in Chennai as well?

Thanks for giving this hub a read, for all the votes and sharing it.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 17, 2013:

An informative and engaging hub! Here you introduced readers to an exciting world of street food. I have tried all of 9 street foods except ragda pattice and I would like to try it. Once again, a well-written hub with attractive photos and videos! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 03, 2013:

Thanks for appreciating and sharing, precy.

precy anza from USA on June 02, 2013:

All looks good! Some are very attractive too that makes me want to learn more about them. And maybe try making too :) Up and shared!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2013:

@moonlake-glad you like the info on these street foods. I appreciate the share and visit.

@cashmere-the beach atmosphere is great in the evenings and falooda is one of the all times favorites!

@MJ-there are Indian restaurants in Los Angeles and the Artesia is one place where you can have many of such Indian foods. If you happen to visit that place you'll be pleasantly surprised at the Indian foods offerings.

@TT-we had a lot of these foods available around my college at the time and the beach was close by too. Had a great time eating all these street foods.

@Que Scout-well, I've a few recipe hubs on Indian foods. I appreciate your visit and comments.

@baja-Every country or state has its own unique foods and yes one remembers these foods long time after one had had a good one.

Bajazid from Sarajevo, Bosnia on May 28, 2013:

For me, any country is interesting for two things: people and food. No matter what have you seen, arcitecture or landscape, you always remember some nice people you have met and delicious food you've tasted.

Thanks for so many info about the city!

Stephen Hodgkinson from Sydney Australia on May 26, 2013:

Hi rajan

It's all Greek to me, and I thought I knew a little about Indian food - not.

I related well to the Vegetable Sandwich but many other delights are new to me. I would really like to try them. I now know a little more but some of the ingredients I have not heard of. Maybe you feel another hub in the making, one with your favorite Indian dishes.

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on May 26, 2013:

Rajan, this is such an interesting hub. I have not had Mumbai street food in long.This hub reminds me of my good old college days. I love street food, especially Sev Puri. Thank you for sharing this!

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on May 26, 2013:

What a fascinating overview of the native foods of Mumbai! I hate to admit it, but I've only had the pleasure of eating Indian foods once -- while on a trip to England, no less. There are no Indian restaurants in our area at all. Your hub will inspire me to look for some elsewhere in our state and make a road trip to try such appealing fare. These foods look terrific -- and I enjoyed the introduction to the city of Mumbai as well.

-- MJ

cashmere from India on May 26, 2013:

This brings back memories of visits to Mumbai in my childhood. Chawpatti beach at sunset and falooda :)

moonlake from America on May 26, 2013:

This was so interesting. I enjoyed reading your hub and the food sounds delicious. Voted upm five stars and Shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 26, 2013:

@GTF-you ought to try each one of them if you happen to visit Mumbai. Thanks for the thumbs up!

@vespawoolf-the chutneys add a special flavor and we have loads of flavors in all these street foods. Surely, you must try it if you visit Mumbai.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 26, 2013:

My goodness, I shouldn't have read this while hungry! Now my stomach is rumbling. Right now, Dahi Puri sounds especially delicious with all the chutneys poured over the top. I hope to visit Mumbai someday and try these myself. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell on May 26, 2013:

OK rajan I am ready to try that ragda pattice. Boy does that look delicious, in fact it all does. Makes me want to hop on a plane and visit.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 25, 2013:

@Paul- I haven't heard many cases of food poisoning and then we can also get food poisoning by home made food sometimes. I've seen foreigners enjoying these street foods so I guess that answers your query. Appreciate the interest and sharing.

@CZCZCZ- you are right. Thanks for visiting.

@Devika- thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 25, 2013:

Awesome about About Mumbai And The Street Foods Of Mumbai, looks so good and interesting insight about the city itself.

CZCZCZ from Oregon on May 25, 2013:

I enjoyed looking at all of the pictures that are included in this article. The foods displayed look delicious, street foods are fun and exciting way to enjoy a cultures food wherever you are in the world. This was a nice collection of foods found in Mumbai.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 25, 2013:

rajan,

This is an awesome hub and it makes my mouth water! I've never tried these street foods but I certainly would like to the next time I go to Mumbai. It seems that potatoes are more popular than rice in the composition of these street foods. Is that correct? One problem with street food in Bangkok is that it is sometimes easy to get food poisoning or gastroenteritis. Do you have this problem occasionally with Mumbai street food? Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 23, 2013:

platinumOwl-glad to know you like the recipes. Thanks.

platinumOwl4 on May 23, 2013:

I must re-read this article, for I find all of the recipes fantastic. I want to try them all.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 22, 2013:

@brownella-thanks and sure you'll love Indian street food.

@BDhire-thanks.

@Juoti-you are right, street food is big business.

@Eddy-thanks and thanks for coming by.

Eiddwen from Wales on May 22, 2013:

Another great hub by you rajan; voted up as always.

Eddy.

Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on May 22, 2013:

It is a big business in Mumbai. Rated up and interesting.

BDhire on May 21, 2013:

street food always fascinated to me. Specially pani puri.

brownella from New England on May 21, 2013:

Great hub :) I love trying street food whenever I travel and it's usually the yummiest food I have on the trip. I haven't been to India yet but I'll definitely refer back to this hub when I go. Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2013:

@sweetie-I love these street foods and can't resist having them when I'm near them though I do not try to have them often. In my younger days things were different though. Thanks for the visit and sharing.

@Peggy-it's a deal! The more the merrier! We'd now start working harder to get to our first million! Lol! So glad you'd like to try these street foods.I appreciate the voting, sharing et all.

@Abdus-thanks for stopping by.

@Rochelle-glad you like the info on these street foods. You would certainly find them tasty. Thanks for visiting.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on May 21, 2013:

So far it looks like everyone had voted for something different. I can understand that, because they all look and sound delicious and healthful. I would like to try them all. It's amazing what can be done with simple ingredients.

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 21, 2013:

All of excellent food items. I love Pani Pury very much. lovely hub.

voted. thanks for shating..

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2013:

You really outdid yourself with this hub Rajan! So many different kinds of street foods and even more to come judging from one of your comments. If you had put "all of the above" in your poll, that is what I would have checked. I think that each and every one of them would be worth a try! I'd like to tag along with you and hawaiianodysseus when we are all millionaires from our writing on HubPages. Should we set a date? Ha! Rated 5 stars, UUI votes and pinning + sharing.

sweetie1 from India on May 21, 2013:

Mumbai street food is very tasty and popular. I do love eating pani puri, vada pav and Bhel puri. Now all this has made me hungry. So excuse me till I get something. Very good hub.. voting up, and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 20, 2013:

@FlourishAnyway-I'm glad I could share street foods of my part of the globe. Thanks for reading.

@HO-first off, glad you liked the info and the moment you make your 1st million here and head off to Mumbai to savor these street delicacies, I promise to be your guide. It's a pact!

Secondly, I've just touched on some of the vegetarian fare but my next one, whenever time permits, will feature only the non veg street foods.

I'm sure you'll be delighted with them as well.

Regarding the changing of Bombay to Mumbai, The reason for this change was that in two of the local languages, Marathi and Gujarati, the city had long been called Mumbai.It was changed due to pressure from some ruling political parties powerful in Bombay at the time.

Glad you like this serving. Aloha, my friend.

@Kathryn-glad you enjoyed reading this and thanks for the read and sharing.

@Bill-glad you like the fare offered here and your choice is a great one. Appreciate the visit and sharing, my friend.

@Mary-thanks for all the wonderfully appreciative words. I'm honored. Thank you.

@Bill-thanks, my friend. I'm thankful for your continued support.

@Rose-yes, pav bhaji is a great dish. Thanks for stopping by.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 20, 2013:

Great article! I loved the images and videos you used. Each dish looks awesome especially the Pav Bhaji. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2013:

Meticulous research as always, Rajan! This is another in a long line of excellent hubs. Well done!

Mary Craig from New York on May 20, 2013:

What a great culinary trip through the streets of Mumbai! You have included all the ingredients for each dish as well as the history of Mumbai! I love reading your hubs Rajan, as many of them make me feel like I am in a different part of the world than the one where I live.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 20, 2013:

Hey rajan. How interesting. What a great variety of foods that can be found on almost any street corner there in Mumbai. I think the Bhel Puri would really appeal to me with the mango and sweet flavor. Great job. I hope to someday visit Mumbai that this will come in very handy. Voted up, shared, etc...

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 20, 2013:

This is a very enjoyable article, Rajan! It is informative. I lingered over this, because I am fascinated by Indian food, and I like to hear about the different types of street food. I would love to check them out, if I am ever over there. The beach sounds appealing.

I also like the history lesson on Mumbai. I didn't know that it used to be called Bombay! I have heard of Bombay, but I didn't realize it was the same as Mumbai.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on May 20, 2013:

Ah, my friend, it is so good to read this interesting Hub about your home city! In the next part, I could hardly contain my salivation as I read about and viewed the wonderful images of your street-served entrees. I would like to try many of these at some point in my life when I make my first million with HubPages! Ha-ha!

I'm curious about two things...if I recall correctly, everything mentioned here was vegetarian. Are there meat dishes served at lunch time as well?

Secondly, why was Bombay changed to Mumbai in 1996?

Thank you for this wonderful piece, Rajan. You are a writer extraordinaire! Aloha, my friend!

Joe

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 20, 2013:

It is fascinating to see what people in other parts of the world enjoy. I am completely unfamiliar with any of them. I like that so many of the foods are vegetarian.