Bombay Street Food

Delicious -- and often healthy -- dishes straight from the streets of my hometown Bombay or Mumbai, that you can cook in your kitchen.

Dosa Spring Roll

Dosa Spring Roll, a crispy dosa encasing a Chinese filling. Fusion food at its classic best. http://holycowvegan.net/2014/08/dosa-spring-roll.html

I have been on a bit of a roll lately, what with my last recipe for Kati Rolls and now this one, but then who can resist a rotund wrap packed with delicious stuffing? Clearly, not me. A Dosa Spring Roll is an ingenious Indo-Chinese invention. So clever, in fact, that when you first hear of it… 

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Misal, the Ultimate Bombay Street Food

Misal

There’s no way to actually describe a Misal to you other than to say, you must eat this. You must, you must, you must. Misal is — like most of Bombay’s hallowed street foods — an explosion of flavors and textures. It’s a spicy curry of sprouted beans topped with raw onions, boiled potatoes, crispy farsan (fried chickpea… 

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Tawa Pulao

Tawa Pulao

When Desi and I lived in Mumbai — or Bombay as those of us who left the city in those days still like to call it — there were nights, after wrapping up the graveyard shift at the newspaper we both worked for, when we would set out with co-workers and friends to scour the city’s streets for… 

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Chana Jor Garam

Chana Jor Garam

This spicy-tart chickpea snack, which translates from colloquial Hindi to “super-hot chickpeas,” comes straight from the streets of my hometown, Mumbai. Or perhaps it’d be more apt to say it comes straight from the beaches of Mumbai– those  noisy, colorful, crowded stretches of sea and sand that surround this noisy, colorful, crowded city. Life in Mumbai… 

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Tofu Paneer Bhurji

Tofu Paneer Bhurji

A bhurji, in India’s culinary lexicon, is a messy scramble of any sort. There’s anda bhurji, or egg bhurji, a spiced-up version of scrambled eggs that blazed a path from India’s street food stalls to become a popular  breakfast staple in every home kitchen. And then there’s paneer bhurji, a popular restaurant dish made with… 

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Phirni

Phirni

A true testament to the richness and popularity of the cuisine of India’s Muslims is the fact that when anyone around the world thinks of the most delicious Indian foods, the first images that spring to mind are  a lavish, fragrant biryani or a puffy, flaky naan. India is home to the world’s second largest… 

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Ragda Pattice

Ragda Pattice

Indian English speakers are usually tempted to change the spelling of this voluptuous street snack — always spelled Ragda ‘Pattice’ at eateries– to the more correct ‘patties.’ But I say why spoil a good thing by forcing on it unneeded refinement? There’s nothing proper about this bold, tarty street snack from the swollen crush of… 

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Poori Bhaji

Puri Bhaji

Poori Bhaji(puri bhaji) is about as delicious as Indian food gets: and by that I mean pick-your-fingernails-with-your-teeth-to-devour-every-last-crumb delicious. This is pure comfort food: the kind that gets made at every festive occasion in an Indian kitchen, no matter where in the world that kitchen is. The kind that kids carry to picnic lunches, the oil… 

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Puran Poli for Chalks and Chopsticks

Puran Poli

  The Ghost of the Banyan Tree The story was that the Ghost lived in the 100-year-old banyan tree that stood just behind Building No. 13 in J. P. Nagar. At night he or she (for no one had actually seen the Ghost) would come out and hang around the domed water tank that sat… 

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