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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Mumbai is complete without tasting the traditional Mumbai food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Mumbai to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Dahi Vada: an Indian chaat, prepared by soaking vadas in thick yogurt (dahi).
  • Egg Bhurji: scrambled eggs with sautéed chopped onions, chilies, and optional spices.
  • Kanda Poha: simmered poha (flattened rice), onions, potatoes, chilies, curry leaves and mustard seeds.
  • Sabudana vada: deep fried snack made of Sabudana, potatoes and peanuts.
  • Tandoori Jhinga (Baked Prawns): steamed or baked marinated prawns.



Main courses

  • Aloo Tikki: a dish consisting of boiled potatoes and various spices.
  • Alu Wadi: fried rolls made of Colocasia leaves spicy batter made of grinding rice, bengal gram dal/green gram dal/green gram, tamarind, and red chilli.
  • Bhelpuri: puffed rice dish with various vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce.
  • Bombay duck: bombay duck fried with some vegetables and spices.
  • Chidva: Indian snack made of fried lentils, peanuts, chickpea flour noodles, corn, vegetable oil, chickpeas, flaked rice, fried onion and curry leaves.
  • Dosa: a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils.
  • Keemo: a spicy ground lamb meet with baby green peas.
  • Khichdi: a dish made from rice and lentils.
  • Min Vela Curry: a mixed-fish curry (pomfret, mullet, and mackerel are popular) with spices, tamarind, and coconut.
  • Sabudanyachi Khichadi: fried tapioca with some cumin seeds, red chili powder, green chilies and some fried peanuts.
  • Sikandari Raan (leg of lamb): baked marinated lamb leg.
  • Tawa Pulao: sauté Basmati Rice with a large number of sauté vegetables and spices.
  • Thali: a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray.
  • Thalipith: multi-grain pancake made of flour made from roasted Bengal gram, Black gram, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, wheat, and rice.
  • Uppit: Indian breakfast made of Rava or semolina, cooking oil, mustard seeds, cumin, ginger root, green chillies, chopped onions and vegetables.
  • Vatanyachi Usal (White pea Curry): curry made of white peas, onions, tomatoes, curry leaves and spices.
  • Vindaloo: an Indian curry.
  • Zunka Bhakri: native maharastrian chick pea flour recipe served with Bhakri (flat unleavened bread).


  • Basundi: sweetened dense milk.
  • Chikki: teady-to-eat Indian sweet made from groundnuts and jaggery.
  • Falooda: a drink made by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli and tapioca pearls along with either milk or water.
  • Halva (India): semeolina Halva made of wheat semolina, sugar or honey, and butter or vegetable oil.
  • Jalebi: deep fried sweets with a crystallized sugary exterior and chewy texture.
  • Kulfi: a frozen milk-based dessert, often described as "ice-cream".
  • Mysore pak: it is made of generous amounts of ghee (clarified butter), sugar and chick pea (besan) flour.
  • Puran Poli: a sweet made of some pancake shape dough staffed with boiling chickpea lentils.
  • Shrikhand: Indian sweet dish made of strained yogurt, sugar and cardamom.
  • Unni appam: a small round sweet rice cake made from rice.

Fast food

  • Batata vada: potato fritters made of potato mash patty coated with chick pea flour, then deep-fried and served hot with savory condiments called Chutney.
  • Bombay sandwich: sandwich made of white bread, boiled potatoes, boiled beetroot, fresh tomatoes, fresh onions and chutney.
  • Pav Bhaji: potato-based curry and pav, garnished with coriander and chopped onions.
  • Vada pav: batata vada sandwiched between two slices of a pav.

Street food

  • Bhelpuri: puffed rice dish with various vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce.
  • Bread Pakoda: bread slices dipped in batter and deep fried.
  • Chaat: fried dough, with various ingredients, can be different in taste.
  • Chana chor garam: is made of a mixture of chor garam and different vegetables.
  • Dabeli: spicy snack made by mixing boiled potatoes with a Dabeli Masala, and putting the mixture between Ladi-Pav (Burger bun).
  • Dhokla: a snack made with rice and chickpeas.
  • Green chana chaat: a mouth watering snack made from green bengal gram.
  • Hapus (Alphonso) mango: type of mango that is considered by many to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor.
  • Kanda Bhajia: crispy snack prepared by using besan (gram flour) and spices.
  • Kebab: the traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but it may now be beef, goat, chicken, pork; fish and seafood; or even vegetarian foods like falafel or tofu.
  • Khandvi: rolls of pasta made of besan (gram flour), buttermilk, ground ginger, turmeric and red chilli.
  • Kothimbir wadi: cooked and deep fried batter made of coriander and besan (chickpea flour).
  • Misal Pav: spicy curry with bread.
  • Moong Dal Chilla: spiced lentil crepes.
  • Onion Bhajiya: deep fried snack made of onion and besan batter.
  • Paneer Pakora: cheese fritters made of Paneer with chickpea flour batter.
  • Pani Puri: round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of water, tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas.
  • Ragda pattice: Indian snack made of dried yellow pea soup and a fried potato cutlet.
  • Samosa: maida, potato, onion, spices, green chili, cheese, meat.
  • Sev puri: snack made of boiled potatoes, papadi, onions, mango, garlic chutney, khajur imli ki chutney, green chutney and chaat masala.
  • Usal Pav: a very healthy and easy maharastrian recipe with legumes like moth beans,moong and whole masoor.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Coconut water: clear liquid inside young coconuts.
  • Kairi Panha: refreshing drink made of mango pulp.
  • Kokum Sherbet: chilling cocktail made with kokum.
  • Mattha: spiced beverage made of buttermilk.
  • Piyush: sweet drink made of Shrikhand, buttermilk and sugar.
  • Solkadhi: energizing drink made from coconut milk and kokum.

Drinks (Alcoholic)


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