Maharashtrian Street Food dishes Across Mumbai

Mumbai,despite being the urban hub of Maharashtra, leaves no stones unturned when it comes to the culture and traditions of the state. The streets of Mumbai are still today filled with traditional maharashtrian snack joints serving us the real Maharashtra on a plate in a local setting. Want to sample a few? Here’s some of the best of them.

Mama Kane

Located in the Maharashtrian hub of Mumbai,Mama Kane has been serving traditional Maharashtrian snacks since 1910 and still manages to serve you the same taste even today. With the old Mumbai charm ambience the place serves authentic thalipeeth(Multigrain pancakes), misal pav and kharvas ( Milk pudding made out of a cow’s milk as she gives birth) and is one of the most famous breakfast attraction for the Mumbaikars.


Specials: Spicy misal pav and Kanda bhajji
Timing: 10 am-9:30 p.m
Landmark: Opposite Dadar station (West)

Shree Krishna Batata wada

One of the all time favourite maharashtrian snack is the simple batata vada made from mashed boiled potatoes with green chillies,lime juice,turmeric,ginger garlic paste and fresh coriander dipped in besan(gram flour) and deep fried. Shree Krishna is one of the oldest and most renowned  place where you get these traditional potato dumplings served with fried green chillies and green chutney.
P.S: Non spice eaters Careful.


Specials: Batata Vada
Timings: 11 a.m -12.p.m
Location: Opposite Chabildas High school,Dadar West.

Prakash Sahakari stall

All you need to visit this quaint little joint in Dadar is a hungry stomach and probably a hundred rupees and you can have the most filling meal of the day. From pohas to thalipeeth and sabudana vada, you will get everything here. They also serve a sweetened chilled milk drink called piyush(a maharashtrian drink you will only find here) which will complete your meal with just right amount of sweetness.


Specials: Sabudana puri,Pohe,Kothimbir vada,Special prakash piyush (sweetened milk)
Timing: 7:30 a.m- 10:30 p.m
Location: Ranade Road,Dadar West

R.K.Studio Canteen

Sabudana wada is one of the traditional upvas(fasting) food for maharashtrian but is also relished by some as an all time snack. Although the wadas are a common of every maharashtrian joints,the one R.K.Studios canteen is indeed a special kind and a must try. Made with crushed potatoes and sabudana ,the R.K canteen makes it with the right amount of masala that will not let you stop eating.



Specials: Sabudana wada
Timing: 10:00 a.m- 7:30 p.m
Location: R.K.Studios,Chembur

CST AND BMC Headquarters STALL

The mill culture in Mumbai brought the Jhunka Bhakar(a Maharashtrian delicacy) in the city feeding loads of workers and mill labourers during the 19th century. The first of its kind serving the most amazing jhunka bhakar are the stalls situated right opposite the BMC headquarters and the CST station.The stalls are still active today serving the the jhunka tempered with onions and mustard seeds and kadipatta (curry leaves) with jowar roti by the side.


Specials: Zhunka Baakar
Timing: 10:00 a.m- 10:00 p.m
Location: Stalls opposite Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Ashok Satam’s stall

Ashok Satam’s stalls has a special recipe of making the traditional mashed potato patty in a bun i.e the Bambaiyya vada pav that makes it so unique and different in taste that you will not find anywhere in the entire city. Have them with a layer of green chutney and  red crushed garlic chutney and you will have yourself licking your fingers until the last bite.


Specials: Vada Pav with the crushed garlic chutney.
Timing: 11:00 a.m- 8:00 p.m
Location: At flora fountain, near Central  Telegraph office (CTO)

Aram stall

At a walkable distance from the CST station,this place is a paradise for maharashtrian food lovers. Their special dahi misal pav made with the finest of curd and lentils will actually fill you up for the entire day. Visit the place for their special breakfast menu with their special elaichi tea to give your day the best start.


Specials: poha,Aaluvadi,dahi misal
Timing: 8:30 a.m – 8:30 p.m
Location: Capitol cinema building,Opposite CST

Kolapuri Chiwda

Serving traditional Maharashtrian food since 1922, the stall did not gain much popularity among the new generations but is still one of the most loved joints among its old loyal patrons.Their special kaju usal made of wet cashews and green peas patty is one of the best that you can ever have.

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Specials: Kaju Usal and thalipeeth
Timing: 8:00 a.m- 10:00 p.m
Location: JSS Road,Mangal wadi,Girgaum

Content and Image Courtesy: Arshee Shaikh



Sugarcane in town

Summer is knocking on our doors, but why fear when Sugarcane Juice is right here! Mumbaikars are very lucky to have amazing roadside vendors selling all kinds of juices to rescue them. Sugarcane juice or Ganna or Oosacha ras, has been a savior of the thirsty since eternity. The freshly squeezed juice from the shoots of the sugarcane, poured into a glass, sprinkled with some masala is enough to transport you to the island of no-thirst!

Here is the list of places that serve the best sugarcane juice in town to cool off in the sweltering heat.

Adjacent to Chumbak,Kala Ghoda

This busy stall, adjacent to Chumbak, Kala Ghoda has the owner serving freshly squeezed sugarcane juice for over 7 years!


Open 7 days a week.
Timings: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Landmark: Adjacent to chumbak,Kala Ghoda

Opposite Siddharth College of Law

A small shack opposite Siddharth College of Law, Fort will wow you with the chilled sugarcane juice.

opp siddartha college

Open 7 days a week.
Time- 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Landmark: Opposite Siddharth College of Law

Next To Mumbai University

Next to Mumbai University is a Sugarcane Juice stall which has been standing tall for as long as 20 years. One can find three size variants: Tall, Extra-Tall and Jumbo. Flooded by students and lawyers alike, the stall works like a well-oiled sugarcane machine.

mumbai university

Open 7 days a week.
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Landmark: Next to Mumbai University

Corner of N. Motwani Marg

Fort area has Sugarcane Juice Stalls at regular intervals. Walking through the lanes of Fort, one can find this stall at the corner of N. Motwani Marg.

motilal marg

Open 7 days a week.
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Landmark:  corner of N. Motwani Marg,Fort

Janmabhoomi Road

This tiny stall on Janmabhoomi Road, Fort will catch ones eye. The vendor works along with his relative to serve the freshest and the tastiest sugarcane juice, each time.

janmabhoomi road

Open 7 days a week.
Time:  10:00 am- 09:00 pm
Landmark:  On Janmabhoomi Road, Fort

Opposite Horniman Circle

The bustling stall opposite Horniman Circle is one of the busiest stalls that one would come across. Students, tourists and office goers frequent the stall for freshly squeezed juice with the right amount of masala, lemon juice and a hint of ginger.

OPP horniman circle

Open 7 days a week.
Time: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Landmark: Opposite Horniman Circle

Near Nanabhai Lane

This Sugarcane Juice Centre, stacked with heaps of sugarcane shoots, is one of the most well known ones near Nanabhai Lane.

nanabhai lane

Open 7 days a week.
Time: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Landmark: Nanabhai lane

Near Dalal Street

Another tiny and busy stall near Dalal Street that serves incredible sugarcane juice. The real highlight is that a tall glass costs Rs. 8 & a jumbo glass costs only Rs. 10. At this price, it is a steal, said one of the customers enjoying his juice.

dalal street

Open 7 days a week.
Time: 09:00am-09:00pm
Landmark: Near Dalal Street

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Snack and drink in South Bombay

There’s a reason why ‘townies’ are infamous for not going anywhere outside of ‘town’ for anything. Well, can’t blame them, can you! Whether it is a 9-5-office-goer or a college student, one can find great food in the hidden by-lanes of Ballard Pier to the open beachfront of Chowpatty. Let’s look at the various street food options available for the townies and the townies at heart.

Bhel near Chowpatty

Sahir Khan has been selling bhel for 12-13 years. Look for an Aarey Stall at the above location and you will Sahir work his magic on the spicy, tangy bhel for just Rs.20.


Recommendation: Bhel
Landmark: Opposite Bachelor’s, Near Chowpatty, Girgaum

Chana Chaat near Chowpatty

If you’re looking for a healthier fix, then try Ishraa Ali’s Chickpeas or Chana Chaat opposite Bachelorr’s near Chowpatty, Girgaum. This lip-smacking combination of chana, ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes, onions and some chillies is not only delicious but also healthy.


Recommendation: Chana Chaat
Landmark: Opposite Bachelor’s, Near Chowpatty, Girgaum

Sandwich at Charni Road Station

An unnamed stall with quite the fan following, handled by a man named Yatin, says that he has been working here for close to 10 years. The Veg Grilled Sandwich is the apparent favorite, followed by Cheese Grilled, Veg Burger and Veg Patties.


Recommendation: Veg Grilled Sandwich
Landmark: Charni Road Station

Sugarcane Juice, Mumbai University

This Sugarcane Juice Stall has been at the above location for over 20 years, serving freshly squeezed sugarcane juice in three sizes – Tall (Rs.10), Extra Tall (Rs.15) and the Jumbo (Rs.20).


Recommendation: Sugarcane Juice
Landmark: Mumbai University

Sookha Bhel, Mumbai University

Another healthy option for the health conscious would be Chana Chor Masala or Sookha Bhel, that too for just Rs. 10. One can also try the Sheng (Peanuts) Masala or the Chana Masala.



Recommendation: Sookha Bhel
Landmark: Opposite Mumbai University

Nimbu Pani, Motwani Road

Enroute Kalaghoda, is this Nimbu Paani stall at the corner of Motwani Road, with a display of fresh lemons. A fresh glass of Nimbu Paani is ready in less than 2 minutes, for only Rs.10 per glass. Another healthy, option for people who prefer natural foods to aerated drinks.


Recommendation: Nimboo Paani
Landmark: Motwani Road

Mother Mary Juice Centre, Kalaghoda

Mother Mary Juice Centre is nothing short of a blessing if you’re in the area and looking for something to quench your thirst. With options ranging from Masala Thumbs Up (Rs.25), Masala Soda (Rs.20) to the classic Mosambi Juice (Rs.35), Mother Mary Juice Centre is a stone’s throw away from the iconic, Rhythm House in Kalaghoda.


Recommendation: Mosambi Juice
Landmark: Kala Ghoda

Sev Puri, Kalaghoda

Opposite the store, Chumbak is a Sev Puri Stall, which churns out Sev Puris like a set of Sev Puri Machines. For 20 Rupees, a plate of Sev Puri with 6 puris, topped with potatoes, chutneys and sev and garnished with lemon and some chaat masala, is a very good option for an evening snack. Also try Bhel (Rs.25) and Chana (Rs.15)


Recommendation: Sev Puri
Landmark: Opposite Chumbak or Near Fab India

Content and Image courtesy- Amisha Ranka & Dhruv Shah