It is 15th February and I’m back with the second guestpost for the year by Anagha Yatin. Anagha is warm, supportive and one of the most motivational person/blogger I’ve met online. Because of her indomitable spirit, sharp wit and thoughtful words she has garnered a lot of fans in the blogosphere in a considerably shorter duration. Her sci-fi posts are fast becoming her trademark. In this post she has indulged her foodie side and taken us on a short trip across the lanes of Mumbai for some mouth-watering Mumbaiyaa street-fare.
City Always Eats
Some call it a city of dreams. Many caption it as the city that never sleeps. The world praises its brave spirit and its citizen’s fondly call it “Amachi (our) Mumbai”. One thing that impresses about the city is the fact that the it is big hearted. It is that tree which has a branch to perch for every other bird, of any father!
But is this all about the city, you may ask. I would fail its gargantuan appetite for gastronomical delights, if I say ‘yes’! I wouldn’t be wrong in calling it as “the city that always eats”! A walk around the lanes and by lanes of its suburbs, by day or by night, will endorse this claim.
A busy day dawns. Many are seen walking or jogging on the road. The work force is already walking fast to catch the train or the bus. Its difficult not to spot the a healthy “Juice wala” around the corner. His hands are busy filling the glasses with exotic juices like bottle gourd juice, amla juice, carrot and beetroot juice, bitter gourd juice, lemon mint juice and what not.
Sizzling hot and smoky egg omelette is getting dished, just a little ahead. You can savour scrambled egg and bread or boiled egg and start the day on a healthy note. Simply pack it up or wrap it and enjoy the bite on the go!
As the day progresses, the vada sambar, idli sambar stalls start filling the air with the southern flavours. Whether its rainy season or otherwise, its difficult to resist the sight of the peeping hot “Pakoras” and “Samosas”. The green chillies and the tamarind chutney as their accompaniment make you surrender to its pull.
The “Vada pav” stall is omnipresent all through out the city. Surprisingly the city eats “Vada pav” at any time of the day. If you find a bunch of people around a stall at time of the day, take my words, it will be “Vada pav” stall!
Then there are some stars that rise and shine brightly once the day comes to an end and twinkle till wee hours of morning! The bright pole star belongs to the “Chat” category. All mouth watering varieties ranging from simple “Pani puri” , “Bhel” to some fashionable newbies like “Thundi bhel” are available for discerning foodies!
Southern star, the “Dosa wala” is not far behind. “Zini dosa”, “Spring roll dosa”, “Manchurian dosa”, “Pizza dosa” and many such fancy items will make you want to devour them, at least once! I always marvel how well the Southern star has happily married the cuisines around the world, every time I try a new combination! Watching “anna” make the “dosas” is another delight.
Another brilliant, luminous star is the “Sandwich” corner. These sandwiches stay put gingerly between healthy and junk! One can indulge in verities like “Cheese Chilli toast”, “Veg Cheese toast”, “Chocolate toast” and “Salad sandwich”. Whether it’s the aroma wafting in the air or the sight of the roasting sandwich on the burning charcoal that captivates; is difficult to discern.
“Pav bhaji” with “Tava Pulao” is another attraction. “Kuchi Dabeli” also stands out like a pretty damsel! “Pizza” joint is the newest addition to the long list! And to end it on a sweet note, you can relish “Kulfi”.
Whether the week day or the week end, day or night, you will find people thronging these places. Waiting for a bite is not a bother here. And mind well, it was only about the street food. I leave the story of the fine dine for some other day.
Isn’t it true then that the “City always eats”!
Missed the first guestpost Tales of a Teetotaller by Mayuri Nidigallu? You can read it here.
I’m sure you’re as tempted as me to relish these gastronomical delights, aren’t you? Which one of these is your favourite? Which dish is your biggest craving and/or sin? Do share with me.