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Mumbai Street food: Shri Krishna Batatavada

Pics from Shri Krishna Snacks, Dadar Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

In the back lanes of Dadar (West), a few doors from the legendary Ideal Bookstore, is this amazing place for batatavada, samosa, juices and anything you can stuff in your mouth. Mouth-watering delicacies and super cheap prices. For $2 you can feed a whole family (Meera only sips juice).

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Ragda Pattis

Ragda Pattis by Arun Shanbhag

The best of street food at home. Pan-roasted Trader Joe’s Masala Burger, topped with basic ussal, yogurt, chopped onions and chaat masala. I used TJs Masala Burger for these Quick Pattis Roll-ups too. Ragda Pattis from Kailash Parbat (Mumbai) is my favorite and I have posted their ragda pattis pics twice before: Ragda Pattis, Lassi […]

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Kailash Parbat: Pav Bhaji & Chole Bhatura

Kailash Parbat in Colaba is certainly one of our favorite restaurants in Mumbai. We end up there at a drop of a hat. It is walking distance and close to the Maruti Mandir that we try and visit every day. Importantly, Meera is very comfortable there and their wait-staff are quick to bring her a […]

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Colaba Vegetable Market

Growing up, most evenings we’d end up around Colaba Market. It was centrally located and many friends lived around there. Even today, when we go for a walk with Meera, we shop our way through the market enroute to Kailash Parbat for some chaat.

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Chanawallah: Quintessential Mumbai

(behind the Taj, Nov 2008)

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Butta, Roasted Maize at Elephanta

During this visit to Mumbai, we took Meera on a day-trip to the Elephanta Caves at Gharapuri, Mumbai (see Google Map). I worried how Meera will take to the hour-long boat ride. Nothing to worry, she was her curious self and a real trooper. Meera pics in another post.

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Limbu Paani: Lemonade and Meera’s Right Foot

Limbu-paani wallah (lemonade seller) at the Gateway of India.

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Best Street Food: Asli Vada Pav, Sandwich and Bajjiyas

You are not a Mumbaikar if you haven’t tasted the street-side Vada Pav. Not the sterile globs you get in a restaurant. You gotta eat from the street stall. If you haven’t, may I ask you to kindly turn in your Mumbaikar card! During college days, the vada pav wallah near Fountain (Hutatma Chowk) was […]

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Video: Making Ganna Ras – Sugarcane Juice

Each evening when we take Meera for a walk, we stop by the Poornima Juice Center on Colaba Causeway, for their freshly squeezed ganna ras (sugarcane juice). At 8 rupees (16 cents, US) a glass, it’s a steal. Meera greedily gulps it too. As a baby, this was the first juice we gave her. This […]

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Ragda Pattis, Lassi and Sevpuri

Every evening we take Meera for a walk. Its just a few blocks to the local Maruti temple on Colaba Causeway. After darshan, we invariably stop by Kailash Parbat for some chaat. The bestest! The Pani puri is best savored at the counter outside, where you stand and the bhaiyya dishes out the puri faster […]

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Street Food: Seafood in Salzburg

Picture of Mozart's Birthplace in Salzburg Austria by Arun Shanbhag

Salzburg is a very artistic city. Everything here is named after its favorite son, Mozart: statues, banners, chocolates, t-shirts, buses and every lamp post! A stone’s throw from his birth place, we did find this eatery with nothing named Mozart. The seafood arrayed here was sufficient to make any fish lover (Konkani) giddy with joy. […]

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Street Food: Alaskan Killer Shrimp

If these get you salivating, blame Sia who is hosting Street food Festivities! After psychedelic uttapams from Murugan Idli in Chennai, I’ll zip you around the globe to Alaska for some spicy Killer Shrimp. Last year this week in Alaska, we marveled in awe at Glaciers, and ooohed and aaahed at antics of humpback whales […]

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Shanbhag Fastfood

During one of our trips through Karnataka, we visited Hampi to see the ancient city of Vijayanagar. What a fascinating city! Under a UNESCO mandate, extensive restorations are ongoing. The temples are awe inspiring! But for M, the best part of the trip was our stay in the nearby town of Hospet. A busy, dusty […]

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Butta – Roasted Maize

As you noticed I've been posting random pics from my collection! Work is crazy busy – and will be till we leave for mumbai in ten days. A short, one week visit for a family wedding, followed by a week touring the austrian and swiss alps. I think I'll go on a mango diet in […]

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Bademiya: Colaba's Culinary Firmament

Its the street food that makes Mumbai special! From the chana-wallahs at Gateway, to ganna-wallahs and paan-wallahs, seemingly at every corner; and the vada-paav baakdas at Fountain. And of course, Bademiya in the seedy gulli behind the Taj Mahal Hotel.

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How to eat Paani Puri

When visiting relatives confessed they had never eaten paani puri at a street stall, I was aghast. They had only eaten pani puri at nice, sterile hygienic restaurants!!! Where the puris, fillings and chutneys are served in a multitude of tiny saucers, you mix it all yourself, spoon the paani and eat. Sacrilege! Is that […]

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Kumta: Main Street

The Vegetable market sits on one end of main street also called “paent” in Kumta. The stores are tiny and carry whatever you would need. Nothing fancy here, just life's essentials. Several temples are on this street, thus flower sellers everywhere. Notice the reddish tinged road. That comes from the red Laterite rock this entire […]

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Get a paan and some fruits

This paan-wallah has been serving customers near our house for as long as I can remember. His day starts at 6:30am, when he bathes at an outdoor water tank and scrubs his pots to a gleaming sheen. Then washes all the paan. As kids we used to reach over and grab some of the 'sweet […]

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Vada Paav in Mumbai

This vada paav vendor was doing brisk business near Flora Fountain in Mumbai. Simply delicious – see how some of the others are gobbling it!

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Ragda Pattis and Lassi in Colaba

Ragda Pattis and Meetha Lassi at Kailash Parbat, Colaba; there is one in Bandra as well Aug 2002; Canon Elan II, ISO 200 Velvia Slide Other Kailash Parbat Posts: Ragda Pattis, Lassi and Sevpuri at Kailash Parbat. (Spring 2009) How to eat Paani Puri

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Fruit Stall in Colaba

Fruit Stall in Colaba, Sept 2002 Another pic of this stall.