Delicious Lucknowi Street food in Mumbai

A unique fact about the city Mumbai is it’s potpourri of cultures and one of the cultures that Mumbai embraces is the lucknowi and awadhi culture with its amazing and drool worthy food preparations.Here’s some of the places to relish some amazing lucknowi and awadhi delights in Mumbai.

Boti Kebab at Hindustan

Located in the famous Mohammed Ali road lane ,this small cafe cum stall is only famous for their boti or chote kebab that melts in your mouth. Do not expect an amazing ambience or service here and you might have to wait in line to get hold of these little delights  of minced meat,onion and pudina.

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Location: 152, IM Merchant Road,Near Minara Masjid,Mumbai CST
Cost for 2: Rs.400/-
Timing: 12:00 p.m – 11 p.m
Specials: Boti Kebab

Nizaari

One of the famous Lucknowi meal is the kebab paratha or the seekh paratha and this place is in no doubt the best you can find in the entire Mumbai for this meal. Mutton minced and marinated in coriander,pudina and the special garam masala rolled up in buttery paratha or pav is a true delight for the meat lovers. While you are there,also try their special paya saalan (curry) and kheema with their “ ek cup chai”.

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Location: Mohammed Ali Road,Bhendi Bazaar,Mumbai CST
Cost for 2: Rs.250-300/-
Timing: 12:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m
Specials: kheema/kebab pav and tea.

Noor Mohammadi

This modest joint boasts of some of the most amazing dishes including the Sanju baba special and the famous nalli nihari. The sanju baba special is infact named after the  bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt because it is one of his favourite dishes while the nalli nihari is an exotic awadhi preparation made of mutton drumsticks and marrows cooked in spicy curry,topped with juliennes of green chillies and ginger.

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Location: Wazir Building,Near J.J. hospital.
Cost for 2: Rs.250-300/-
Timing: 12:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m
Specials: Nalli Nihari and kheema/kebab pav

Sarvi

This place is indeed a paradise for meat lovers and is always swarmed with Kebab-a-holics at almost every hour of the day. Active since the last 90 years  with the same settings of a few benches with no sign board,Sarvi has developed a niche for itself among the Mumbaikars in a rather symbolic way.

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Location: Dimtimkar road,Nagpada
Cost for 2: Rs.200/-
Timing: 10:00 p.m – 01:00 a.m
Specials: seekh and galauti kebab

Noorani

Although you will find almost everything here be it mughlai,north Indian or Chinese,you will also find some amazing awadhi dishes. The special awadhi white biryani,white steamed biryani rice steamed in the tempting aroma of kesar.  Their butter chicken is also a must order delicacy.

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Location: Haji Ali Circle,Tardeo.
Cost for 2: Rs.500 -750/-
Timing: Rs.8:00 a.m- 12:00 a.m
Specials:Butter chicken and tandoori and white biryani

Farid’s seekh kebab

Delectable,juicy,succulent and cheap- Farid’s kebabs are all of these. One of the famous and most buzzing late night joint in Mumbai.Try their malai kebab and seekh paratha to feel a taste of the lucknowi street life.

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Location: Behraum Baug,Jogeshwari East
Cost for 2: Rs.250/-
Timing: 5:30 p.m – 1:0 p.m
Specials: seekh paratha,kebabs.

Lucknowi Tunde Kebab

Crispy on the outside and soft in the inside,the lucknowi tunde kebabs are one of the famous kebab variant from lucknow (awadh) incorporating 160 spices making it one of the most extravagant kebabs and this place serves you the perfect within a few minutes. Although their tundey kebabs are their speciality,you should definitely not miss their mutton bhuna and firni the next time you visit.

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Location: S.V.Road,Opposite Ghaswala Dairy Fresh,Jogeshwari.
Cost for 2: Rs.250-300/-
Timing: 12:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m- 12:30 a.m
Specials: Tunde kebab

Sheera and firni from Suleman Usman

Lucknowi is not just about kebabs and mutton preparations but also includes an extended list of desserts. Suleman Usman mithailwala,located in town is actually one shop where you will get the special aromatic lucknowi firni and sheera in the typical lucknow style.

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Location:Ibrahim Merchant Road,Minara Masjid
Cost for 2: Rs.250-400/-
Timing: 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
Specials: Malai Khaja,Firni and sheera

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Alternative Street Food Near Infinity Mall,Andheri West

Shankar Paratha Stall

Are you short on money to go to some fancy restaurant to eat Paranthas? Then head to Shankar’s paratha stall where you will get two parathas, chole ki sabzi, pickle and green chutney. There are three varieties of parathas available here- aloo (potato), gobhi (cauliflower), and onion. Each one of them will cost just Rs. 60.

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Recommendation– Aloo paratha
Timings– 10 am to 5 pm
Landmark– Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West

Rahim’s stall

Chicken biryani available at Rahim’s stall reminds many loyal customers of their home. He is popularly known as Biryani wala among the local people. The taste is such that it can beat the chicken biryanis of expensive restaurants. Head to biryani wala and have a half plate of chicken biryani for just Rs. 50 and full plate for Rs. 80.

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Recommendation- Chicken biryani
Timings- 12 pm to 4pm
Landmark- Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West

Sakshi Stall

Rishi at this stall serves people the perfect lunch of roti (chapatti), rice, biryani, daal, sabzi, and pickle. Imagine having this filling lunch for just Rs. 30. He operates only during the peak lunch hours of 1 pm to 4 pm.

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Recommendation- Lunch special plate
Timings- 1 pm to 4 pm
Landmark- Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West

Mahalaxmi Dosa Centre

Even though this stall says dosa centre, one can get a plate of idli and vada also for Rs. 20 and Rs. 30 respectively. The reason that it is a dosa centre is because one can buy different varieties of dosa ranging from Rs. 30 to Rs. 70. If you are very hungry and want to satisfy your taste buds, then eat Chinese Mysore Masala dosa which is the speciality here. This will cost you Rs. 70, while a simple masala dosa will come for Rs. 35.

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Preparation of Masala Dosa

Recommendation- Chinese Mysore Masala Dosa
Timings- 7 am to 8 pm
Landmark- Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West

Maurya Super Frankie

Maurya has been making ‘super’ frankies for the past 6 years and recently with demand, he also started making vada pav, samosa pav and Manchurian pav. Yes, he makes manchurian pav also which is indeed a treat for just Rs. 15. But he is famous for his chicken frankie which comes for Rs. 50.

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Manchurian Pav

Recommendation- Chicken frankie
Timings-9 am to 9 pm
Landmark- Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West

Aman’s Egg Masala Centre

Aman’s special is egg masala which can be bought for Rs. 25. If you are an Egg Bhurji fan, then you must try Aman’s Egg bhurji which will cost you just Rs. 15. Other than that one also has options of egg roll and paneer roll.

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Omelette Pav

Recommendation- Egg masala
Timings- 10 am to 10 pm
Landmark- Opposite Infinity Mall, Andheri West

SK Yadav stall

SK Yadav came from Bihar 11 years ago and since then he has extended his street food business to various food items. Initially he served puri sabzi which is still the most popular and rice plate. The puri sabzi comes for just Rs. 25 in which you get 8 pieces of puri, sabzi and pickle. Later he started to make vada pav, samosa pav and bhajia pav with the help of his wife.

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Puri Bhaji

Recommendation- Puri Sabz
Timings- 10 am to 4 pm
Landmark- Opposite Citi Mall, Near Infinity Mall, Andheri West

Sanjay Sandwich

Is simple sada sandwich your taste? No ‘mirch-masala’ but a sandwich that is tasty and healthy? Then ask Sanjay to make a veg toast sandwich for you which will cost you Rs. 25. You can also get a veg sada sandwich and ask him to add anything if you like.

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Veg Toast Sandwich topped with sev

Recommendation- Veg sandwich toast
Timings- 9 am 10 pm
Landmark- Opposite Citi Mall, Near Infinity Mall, Andheri West

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Street Food Stalls to check out in Versova

Famous Sharda Tea House

Street food isn’t really street food unless it includes the tea that is sold at every nook and corner of the city. Head over to Sharda Tea House if you are anywhere around in Versova. Ask for the special cutting chai which comes for just Rs. 6. You can grab some biscuits also along with the tea.

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Recommendation: Special cutting tea
Timing: 5.30 am to 9 pm
Location: Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Maa Saraswati Fast Food Centre

Who can imagine to get dhokla pav, bhajia pav, jalebi, gulab jamun and vada pav at just one place? Well, Maa Saraswati Centre Fast Food Centre has it all and at the best prices. You might not have eaten a dhokla pav yet, but it is delicious and just for Rs. 20. If you are craving for some sweet dish then you can either have gulab jamun (Rs. 15 for 2 pieces) or some jalebi.

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Bhajia Pav

Recommendation- Dhokla Pav
Timing- 10 am to 8 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Sai Sandwich Centre

Price should be worth the taste. If you do not mind shelling out some Rs. 60, then you can get yummy and customized cheese chilli toast. You can also get masala cheese sandwich which includes mashed potatoes and onion. This mixture is first fried and then put into the sandwich. Masala sandwich will cost you Rs. 50 which is a good price for the great taste. Other than that, you can also buy simple sandwich and simple veg toast sandwich.

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Veg Toast Sandwich

Recommendation- Cheese Chilli Toast
Timing- 12 pm to 10.30 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Ram Pyare Golewala

In the scorching heat during the peak time, head over to Ram Pyare Golewala to get some iced gola in various flavours. There is the usual meetha gola but if you want to try something different, then have masala gola which comes for Rs. 15. This masala gola has both spicy and sweet ingredients. If you like it cool and spicy then there is teekha gola as well.

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Recommendation- Masala Gola
Timing- 12 pm to 4 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Bhole Nath Bhelpuri

Evening snacks are incomplete unless you head out and have some chaat like pani puri, bhel puri or sev puri. All three of them can be bought for Rs. 25. The speciality of Bhole Nath Bhelpuri Centre is the Dahi Puri. You can ask Mahesh to add some more dahi (curd), sev or anything else that you like.

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Recommendation- Dahi Puri
Timing- 4 pm to 10 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Karim Biryani and Chinese

Karim chacha, as popularly known among the regular customers makes one of the the best Chicken biryani in Andheri. He offers all three of his food items, namely Chinese Biryani, chicken biryani and Chinese noodles as half plate also because the quantity is more than enough for one person. This half plate would cost you only Rs. 50 for each of the items.

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Chicken Biryani

Recommendation- Chicken Biryani
Timing- 12 pm to 5 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Jagdish Badam Shake

From Jagdish you can buy a handful of badaam (almond) shake which is his most sold drink for Rs. 30. You can also buy cashewnut shake and anjeer (figs) shake. These are made in milk and other flavoured ingredients are added which are totally healthy like Rooh Afza on demand. If the summer is hard on you, have some cool almond shake for your body and mind.

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Recommendation- Badaam Shake (almond shake)
Timing- 10 am to 6 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

Café Momos

You might not get any coffee or tea at this café, but you will definitely get some finger licking momos here. Paneer fans can get paneer momos for Rs. 60, while non vegetarians are here for a treat who can get chicken momos for just Rs. 50. Veg momos here are for Rs. 70, but they are probably the best. More amazing is the mixture of all this which is a plate of Chinese momos for Rs. 70.  

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A plate of veg momos

Recommendation- Chinese Momos
Timing- 4 pm to 9 pm
Location- Seven Bungalows Road, Near Versova Metro

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Street Food Stalls in Chandni Chowk to reminisce Old Delhi

Old Delhi including Chandni Chowk is known for its heritage of monuments and eating joints that have been here for years. It is the place to head to if you want to know and see the Real Delhi. And Chandni Chowk is the place you must visit to have real street food of Delhi.

Rajesh ke Chole Kulche

For the past 33 years, Rajesh has been making Chole Kulche and selling them at various places in Delhi. His spot outside Chandni Chowk Metro is the 4th one. In a plate of chole kulche which will come for Rs. 20, you will get 2 kulche, chole ki sabzi, a chile, onion and tomato served in a leaf plate.

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kulche, chole ki sabzi

Recommendation- Chole Kulche
Timings- 12pm to 5pm
Landmark- Near Hanuman Mandir, Outside Chandni Chowk Metro West

Nathu Ram Kachori Wala

Nathu Ram starts his day right early in the morning at his stall and ends the day at the stall itself. He lives nearby and can make something for you to eat even at 2 am at night if he is awake and at the stall. Buy any of his delicious items like khasta kachori, bread patties or samosa for Rs. 15 each. You can also have something sweet like two pieces of gulab jamun for Rs. 10.

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Khasta Kachori

Recommendation-Khasta Kachori
Timings- 6am to 12pm
Landmark- Near Hanuman Mandir, Outside Chandni Chowk Metro West

Anish’s Cheela

Cheela is a dish made of besan and mixed with various ingredients like onion, tomato and paneer if one wishes to. Anish’s cheela has masala aloo too added to it. You will get two cheela for a price of Rs. 40 which you can eat it either as a roll or put into a bread as a sandwich.

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Cheela Roll and Cheela Sandwich

Recommendation- Cheela Roll
Timings- 12pm to 10pm
Landmark- Near Hanuman Mandir, Outside Chandni Chowk Metro West

Jalebi and Rabdi

This stall has been here for the past 110 years. Mr. Roop Chand, the current owner has been selling jalebi and rabdi for 30 years now. Ask anybody in Chandni Chowk from where to buy some good jalebi, and they will tell you to head to SP’s. You will get some amazing 100 gm of jalebi for Rs. 40 and equally tasty rabdi for the same amount.

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Jalebi

Recommendation- Jalebi
Timings- 9am to 9pm
Landmark- Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Shri Shyam Kanji Corner

Dahi Bhalle is a popular dish in Delhi which is many times prepared at home as well. But people coming to Dinesh Kumar’s stall swear that they can never make dahi bhalle like him at home. Buy a plate of dahi bhalle for Rs. 40 and you will know that his taste is unbeatable.

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Dahi Bhalle

Recommendation- Dahi Bhalle
Timings- 1pm to 8pm
Landmark- Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Hathras ki mashoor thandi Rabdi

What’s better than a ‘thandi rabdi’ to beat the heat? Slurp some sweet rabdi or rabdi falooda here. This thandi rabdi would cost you just Rs. 30 and if you want some extra rabdi with some extra rooh afza flavour and dry fruits, then try rabdi falooda which cost you Rs. 50 which is totally worth the price.

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Rabdi topped with dry fruits

Recommendation- Falooda Rabdi
Timings- 11am to 10pm
Landmark- Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Bhishan Swaroop Chat Bhandar

Just a look at the preparation of aloo chaat at this stall and you will feel like having it right away. A plate of aloo chaat here will come for Rs. 30 and it has all the ingredients and masala that will probably make you want to buy another plate of aloo chaat just like a few customers here often do.

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Preparation of Aloo Chaat

Recommendation-Aloo Chaat
Timings- 11am to 9pm
Landmark- Near Bank of India, Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

Babu Ram Parathe Wale

Though there are many shops in ‘Parathe wali gali’ in Chandni Chowk but there is something about Babu Ram Parathe wale’s parathas that tell you why it is so difficult to get a seat here. Parathas are favourite street food of Delhiites and they don’t mind eating a plate of paratha even at 11 at night. For probably more than a 100 years, this shop has been here. You can order a plate of mix paratha which is quite delicious for Rs. 80.

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A plate of aloo paratha with sabzi, chutney and onion

Recommendation- Mix Vegetable Paratha
Timings- 8am to 11pm
Landmark- Parathe Wale Gali, Near Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk

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Late Night Eats in Mumbai

Mumbai, a city filled with dreams, a city of delights and desires and a city that never sleeps. And living true to the essence of Mumbai are these late night eateries satiating almost every Mumbaikar’s late night hunger pangs.

Mogul sarai

This restaurant cum stall outside bandra station is a famous stop for not only the bandra crowd but almost the entire suburban crowd. Their famous north indian and tandoori dishes along with their flavoured hookahs is a personal favourite among the young. They also serve a variety of milkshakes one of their famous ones being the “lage raho” shake made of nuts and cream.

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Timings: 7:00 p.m- 5:00 a.m
Specials: Nizami Murg Musallam and lage raho milkshake
Landmark: Outside Bandra Railway Station(West)

Ayub’s

Ayub’s is like a genie den for all the meat lovers serving some of the best tikkas,rolls and kebabs.Their special,the chicken kathi roll is indeed a delight made with succulent juicy chicken soaked in the kathi flavours until the last bite.

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Timing: 6:00 p.m-2:00 a.m
Specials: Murg tikka roll,Mutton Bhuna|
Location: Dr.V.B.Gandhi Marg,Fort 

Bachelorr’s

Late night sweet cravings? Well, this is the place for you.One of the oldest ice cream parlours of Mumbai,Bachelorr’s has a huge variety of sandwiches,shakes,juices and ice creams. Take a ride along the marine drive stretch until chowpatty and stop at this joint for their famous green chillies ice cream to give the perfect finish to your thrills.

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Specials: mango milkshake and red chilli ice cream
Timing: open till 4:00 a.m
Landmark: Chowpatty sea face,Charni Road

Bademiya

This place has become synonymous for late night munchies for almost every Mumbaikar. Serving authentic Lucknowi and nawabi chicken and mutton dishes like chicken tikka,bhuna chicken,mutton seekh,anda roti and many more, bademiya has never disappointed its patrons.

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Specials: Chicken baida roti,Rolls,Tikkas
Timing: 7:30 p.m – 3:30 a.m
Landmark: Apollo Bandar street,Colaba

Ice and Rolls

Over the years,Ice and rolls has turned into a staple food for almost all the mba aspirants of the NMIMS institute who come here almost everyday to satiate their late night studies hunger breaks. Their white sauce pasta and cheesy corn nachos made served with cheesy dips and salsa are a must try.

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Specials: Cheesy corn nachos.
Timing: 6:00 p.m-3:30 p.m
Location: Opposite Bhaidas hall,Outside Mithibai College

Haji Ali juice centre

Located in one of the beautiful places of Mumbai,the juice centre is almost a cramped up joint offering no seating arrangements or settling place but is still one of the most popular spot for the Mumbaikars for its excellent snacks and juices. Their sev pizza,a pizza made up of sev puri masala along with other pizza ingredients and their nutty delight shake loaded with cream and dry fruits are the most popular orders for the visitors.6

Specials:Nutty delight,Mango cream.
Timing: open 24 hours
Landmark: Haji Ali Dargah circle,Mahalaxmi

Stalls outside Churchgate station

As the city sleeps,these stalls outside churchgate station rises serving us our very old staple food bhurji pav and tava pulao and pav bhaji during the after hours. Visit these stalls to satiate your hungry stomach and I’m sure you will return home bloated in just a couple of bucks.

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Specials: Spicy Anda bhurji and tawa pulao.
Timing: 10 p.m-5:30 a.m
Landmark: Outside Churchgate station

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Post midnight snacks in Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai, one of the most organised cities is not just a visual treat during the day, it turns into one of the best hangout places post midnight. There are some really cool places open till the middle of the night to satiate those weird hour hunger pangs.

Khayabusa

Khayabusa serves American-Italian-Indian fusion menu. Where you want a quick bite, or something more fulfilling, there is something for everyone.

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Specials: Crispy mushrooms, biryani, burgers, and hot dogs
Landmark: Shah Complex 2, Sector 13, Sanpada

Bhurji Pav at Sector 17

The anda bhurji stalls here are some of the cheapest street food options at just Rs 25, and provide you the comfort of a full night meal.

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Specials: Anda Bhurji Pav
Landmark: Sector 17, opposite Dominos, Vashi

Utsav Chowk stalls

This place is the hub for all nocturnal people. Be it momos, shawarmas, rolls, dosas, pav bhaji, and tawa pulav – nothing is disappointing.

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Specials: Momos and rolls
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

The Ahmed Bhai Lane

This place is like the Bademiya (famous late night joint in Mumbai) for Navi Mumbai. Kebabs, rolls, seekhs, tikkas, tandooris, anda rotis, khichdas, tilli, bheja — there are lots of options available. One of the best lighted areas of Navi Mumbai, the lane springs into life in the late evenings.

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Specials: Tikkas, seekh kebabs, anda roti
Landmark: Lane outside Ahmed Bhai’s bry and dry, Nerul

Kachchi dabeli at Vashi Station

If you are looking for something satisfying and fulfilling after a long day at work, get off at Vashi station and look for this spicy anardaana bhaaji served in buttery pav. You can also try dabeli, which is just as good.

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Specials: Kacchi dabeli and Chinese bhel
Landmark: Outside Vashi station, right opposite KTM Showroom

Gupta Ice-Creams

In business for the past 10 years, Gupta Ji’s ice cream is a favourite among Navi Mumbaikar. It offers signature faloodas and dry fruit milkshakes for late night sugar cravings.

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Specials: Falooda ice creams, cassata, matka kulfi, and frankies
Landmark: Mahavir Niwas, Sector 21, Nerul and Sector-29, Vashi

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Top Dosa places in Navi Mumbai

Dosa has been so popular in Mumbai that it has become an essential part of street food culture of the city. With the rise of Navi Mumbai, it has found itself a place even here. These are some of the best places to go for a good dosa.

Yummy foods

True to its name, the place serves you the yummiest dosas in Navi Mumbai. It is a favourite among college goers and is one of the go-to places for families and lazy strollers to grab a bite.

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Specials: Jini Dosa
Timing: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Landmark: ½, Indraprastha, Sector-29, Vashi

Prem Sagar Dosa Plaza

108 varieties of dosas! Yes, you read it right. A massive to choose from – butter cheese, paneer mushroom schezwan, makhani dosa, and even chocolate cheese dosas. You are not going to run out of choices here.

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Specials: Flavoured dosas, spring dosa
Timings: 9:00 am to 12:00 am
Landmark: Kiosk 3D &3A, Vashi Railway Station, Vashi

Dosa Plaza (Sies College)

This joint has a rags to riches story. It started as a small place but quickly gained popularity because of the amazing taste, innovation, and quality of dosas. The place can get a bit cramped with a maximum of 10 tables. While you’re at it, also try their idli manchurian.

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Specials: Combination dosa, Russian Salad dosa, Mexican dosa
Timings: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Landmark: 13, Paradise Apartment, Sector 3, Near Sies College, Nerul

Amar Fast Food

Although better known for chaat and paav bhaji, Amar Fast Food has equally delicious dosas and other South Indian offerings. Their chutneys will keep you licking your fingers.

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Specials: The house special chutney
Timings: 9:30 am to 12:30 am
Landmark: Satra Plaza, Sector 19D, Vashi

Navaratna restaurant

A typical Udupi (from South Indian state of Karnataka) restaurant, it is not only the most famous street food joint for Navi Mumbaikars, but is also popular for quick service and affordable prices. Must try: filter coffee with ragi dosas.

 

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Specials: Ragi dosa, Masala dosa, Filter coffee
Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Landmark: Nirman Vyapar Kendra, Sector-17, Vashi

Chhaya Sagar Juice & Snacks

The place is clean, hygienic, and serves excellent food. Finish off a dosa meal with sambhar and vada.

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Specials: Mysore masala dosa and medu vada
Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Landmark: 40/41, Sector 16, Moraj Residency, Palm Beach, Sanpada

Tirupati Dosa

This is a little tricky place to find in the wholesale market, but is worth the effort. Although there is no seating arrangement, the customers still keep coming for the taste.

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Specials: Mushroom cheese chilli dosa, cheese mysore masala dosa, dilkhush dosa, golmaal dosa
Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Landmark: Jalaram Wholesale market, Sector 19C, Vashi

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TOP STREET FOOD STALLS IN KHARGHAR

Kharghar is one of the best things about Navi Mumbai – the place is a combination of
picturesque beauty and great food options. There is enough of everything to compete with Mumbai.

70 type dosa

They serve a huge variety of dosas – so many that that they probably have one you can think of. The base used is the same for all dosas, but they experiment with different masalas and sauce. To name a few, they have  noodle dosa, schezwan dosa, paneer dosa, masala dosa, cheese dosa, manchurian dosa, etc.

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Specials: Chinese Cheese Dosa, Paneer Mysore Uttappam
Landmark: Kharghar Sector 02

PARATHA HOUSE

Paratha House has a great range of parathas, and has the quality of ones you have at home. Each plate comes with complimentary boondi raita.

The parathas are fresh and prepared in front of you. The varieties of stuffings on menu are methi (fenugreek), aloo (potatoes), onion, gobhi (cauliflower), and muli (radish). The chutneys that come with the parathas are just as good – definitely good for a try.

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Specials: Mix Paratha with Boondi Raita
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

TANDOORI AND KEBABS

True to its name, the place offers a great variety in tandoori items and kebabs. A great place for people who enjoy non-vegetarian food, they have kebabs available in mutton and chicken. Some of the kebabs they offer are tikka kebab, lasooni kebab, chicken malai kebab, mutton kebab, tangdi kebab, etc. Their speciality, tangdi kebab is a lip smacking appetizer, marinated in spices like garlic, chilli powder, and amchoor (dry mango powder).

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Specials: Tangdi Kebab
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

TIBE TEN MOMOS

Steamed and fried momos are available with vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings. Vegetarian includes paneer and vegetables and non-vegetarian includes chicken. The stall offers schezwan sauce, tomato ketchup and green chutney (coriander chutney) which enhances the taste of momos. The place is well maintained with efficient service.

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Specials: Paneer Momos and Chicken Fried Momos
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

LITTLE CHINA FAST FOOD

The stall offers really nice Chinese food at affordable rates. You can choose from  Schezwan, hakka, plain noodles and rice, and also, chop suey. Best thing about the stall is that they keep it clean and hygienic.

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Specials: Lychee shikanji
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

SHIKANJI DELHI HOUSE

The insufferable summers may be one of the few common things for Mumbai and Delhi people. No wonder then, this Delhi speciality is such a hit in Mumbai during sweltering heat – shikanji is basically lemon soda/water with masala. This place takes it to another level and has introduced different flavours like, rose, orange, pineapple, etc. Do try the lychee flavour – one of the best on offer.

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Specials: Lychee shikanji
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

K.G.N FRANKIE AND CHINESE

KGN is the only frankie stall in the market, and it’s fantastic. They also sell Chinese, but frankies outsell other items. They have treats for vegetarians and nonvegetarians with different varieties like, paneer, chicken, egg frankies on offer. You can opt for extra cheese or no cheese at all.

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Specials: Double Cheese Chicken Frankie
Landmark: Utsav Chowk, Kharghar

THE PURPLE TRUCK

The Purple truck comes with classic indulgent junk food like, burgers, wraps, and fries. The creative presentation of food can give competition to the best exotic restaurants. The buns are purple, made with  extracts of jamun and blueberries – an undeniably unique idea. The truck initially went through different places of Navi Mumbai, but is currently parked in Kharghar. The place is hygienic, with efficient and quick service.

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Specials: Soup with the piece of a goat’s leg
Landmark: Sector 3, Kharghar

PAYA SOUP

Paya soup is an old delicacy of India, typically sold as street food. Paya is a goat’s leg, and the soup is usually a hit during winters. The rich soup is quite filling and good in any season if you are hungry. A plate is served with two leg pieces and soup, garnished with coriander leaves.

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Specials: Soup with the piece of a goat’s leg
Landmark: Sector 3, Kharghar

SHANKAR DOSA AND UTTAPPA

South Indian food is the champion of street food. This unassuming stall serves you one of the best doasas and uttapas at reasonable prices. A plate includes bhaji, coconut chutney and dosa. The dosas have crispy exterior, yet soft to eat.

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Specials: Spring Dosa
Landmark: Sector 3, Kharghar

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Top Golawalas to try in Mumbai

Mumbai may seem insufferable during summers, but it also offers a perfectsolution to beat the heat – colorful golas balls of ice on a stick, dipped in sweet and sour flavours. Here is a list of some of the best in the city.

Dhanlakshmi Kala Khatta

One of the Mumbai’s bestgola outlet is at Juhu beach, selling most the most innovative flavours. Butterscotch falooda gola is a must try.
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Specials: Butterscotch Falooda
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Brijwasi Gola Point

Located in Mumbai’s most visited places, Brijwasi has an extensive variety of flavours including kalakhatta, blueberry, butterscotch, orange, green mango, and malai golas. Do try their rose flavour for sure.

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Special: Rose Flavoured Gola
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Special: Rose Flavoured Gola

Raju Golewala

Raju keeps moving around Vashi and you may catch him near your street on a lucky day. His tricolour gola is to die for. The gola he serves is quintessentially a summer delight. Serving flavours like rose, orange squash, his stall is most sought after.

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Special: Tricolor Gola
Price: Rs 25 to Rs 50
Landmark: Gaodevi Mandir, Sector 14, Vashi

Eshan Kala Khatta and Ice Cream Centre

Mostly everything at Eshan is good – so try their mix gola to save money. The malai golas are another great option, if in doubt. He might serves you ice cream, but to have colored lips and khatta meetha taste, one must try its green mango and orange squash.

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Special: Mix Flavored Gola
Timings: 11am to 12am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Jai Jawan Stall

Jai Jawan Stall serves fantastic kachchi kaeri (raw mango) flavoured golas. Also provides the most hygienic golas.The stall is open till 12 at night.

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Specials: Kachchi Kaeri (raw mango)
Timing: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Girgaon Chowpatty

Gola Mount

If you’ve had some spicy food from a nearby stall, come to Gola Mount for their kala khatta gola for dessert. Perfect summer evening.

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Special: Kala Khatta

Timing: 11:30 pm to 1 am
Landmark: Charni Road

Sai Kripa Kalakhatta

For a foody evening at Juhu Beach, come and try the butterscotch malai gola – Sai Kripa’s speciality, the shop is open till midnight.

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Special: Butterscotch Malai Gola
Timing: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Bismillah Gola

Every student in Vile Parle must have tried the special golas while visiting Juhu. Bismillah’s special blackcurrant gola is a must try.

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Specials: Bismillah Special Blackcurrant Malai Gola
Timings: 11 am to 12 am
Landmark: Juhu Beach

Content and Image Courtesy: Preksha Jain