Mumbai Street Food – Part 2: Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Ragda Pattice, Dahi Puri…

29 Oct

Have you ever got out of your office all exhausted and hungry at the end of the day? Almost always, isn’t it? Well I used to face this ‘super hungry at 7 pm‘ dilemma a whole lot when I was doing one summer internship in Mumbai. Every day I would come out of the office building with a rumbling tummy, looking for a quick snack which would help me make peace with my tummy till dinner time. Those were also the days when I was living on a meager stipend and could not afford the subway or the new yorker or even the udipi restaurants for a snack. And I discovered the joy of eating a scrumptious and tasty ‘sev puri‘ at the road side stall round the corner. I never complained of hunger at 7 pm, ever again!

One might say, that one gets even more rich and delicious chaat in Delhi. Agreed. But the beauty of the street chaat in Mumbai is the consistent taste that you would get at every single sev puri wala as though they all operate by a common SOP (standard operating procedure), which they learnt in one ‘sev puri technology’ school! No really, I am not kidding. You might want to confirm this by trying sev puri at various places. The garnish may differ, the quantities of sev on it may be more or less but the inherent taste remains the same. How delightful can it get?

And, there’s more. These food stalls by the road side not only serve great sev puri but also the famous bombay bhel puri, radga pattice (which is aloo tikki with a pea curry sauce), dahi puri (small puris with curd and chutney) and the world famous- pani puri! Of all these foods, I am partial towards sev puri because unlike pani puri or dahi puri, it does not make me worry as to whether I ll get an upset tummy from eating here. But again, I have said this before and will say it again, enjoying street food any where in India, is a joy reserved for the bold and the brave!

So where can you go to have these fabulous snacks? Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty are the best places to begin. The sev puri walas in Juhu, Dadar near Plaza cinema, Ghatkopar khau galli are just to name a few. If you dont want to travel to these places then just head to the nearest suburban station and I can guarantee that you will find atleast one chaat stall near it.

Happy eating! Slluuurrrrrrrpppp!


One Response to “Mumbai Street Food – Part 2: Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Ragda Pattice, Dahi Puri…”

  1. urvija October 29, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I lovvvveeeee sevpuri……. i remember the trips to the stall outside vashi station….. the variety of aroma is just irresistible….. and i testify about the taste; it is quite similarly delicious across all stalls….. mumbai food! sigh!


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