A foodie’s paradise, Mumbai’s Khau Gallis offer some of the most lip-smacking street food in the city. While the experience of fine-dining has its own charm, street food is best enjoyed at roadside eateries. Mumbai’s bubbling khaugalli culture ensures that you get your vada pavs, bhelpuri, shawarmas, dosas, ice-creams and lots more all at one stop. A delight for those who love junk food, these food streets are the building bites of the city’s diverse food culture. For those who are new to this term, the term khaugalli literally means ‘food street’.Khau Gallis are popular not just for their wide variety of dishes, but also because most of these snacks can be consumed on the go and are light on the pocket.
A melting pot of cultures and refreshingly diverse influences, street food in Mumbai offers a unique potpourri of flavors that is incredibly satisfying. And Khau Gullies are where one can feel the pulse of Mumbai’s culinary culture. It is usually located near railway stations, colleges and offices, these narrow by lanes, with their roadside carts and hole-in-the wall eateries, offer visual and gastronomic treats. The most inspiring thing about Khau Gallis is that they offer scores of variations of every dish available. If you’re after the true Mumbai street food experience, there’s no way you can avoid visiting the city’s khau gallis.
Here’s a look at some of the popular Khau Gallis of Mumbai :
1. Carter Road Khau Galli
Near the Bandra promenade, you’ll find Carter Road’s famous food streets with both restaurants and street stalls dishing out momos, shawarmas, bhuuta and chai. The stalls also offer a wide range of other culinary delights, such as momos, falafels, wok-fried Chinese preparations, and spicy, lime sprinkled corn on a cob. Don’t forget to dig into scoops of frozen yogurts, sweet cupcakes or freshly made waffles for dessert. The stalls also offer a wide range of other culinary delights, such as momos, falafels, wok-fried Chinese preparations, and spicy, lime sprinkled corn on a cob. Don’t forget to dig into scoops of frozen yogurts, sweet cupcakes or freshly made waffles for dessert.
Must try places: Carter’s Blue, Kepchaki Momos, Lassi Te Parrontthe.
2. Ghatkopar Khau Galli
Ghatkopar has a big Gujarati population. And with Gujarati culture comes their delicious and distinct cuisine. Ghatkopar has become a hub for foodies who are always ready to try out new food joints and explore various tastes. While Mahim Khau Galli is for non-vegetarians, Ghatkopar Khau Galli is a paradise for vegetarians. Right next to the Ghatkopar Station is the Ghatkopar Khau Galli, which is extremely famous for its variety of dosas. The street food’s vendors take innovation and fusion a notch higher; the Ice-cream Dosa and the Thousand Island Dosa are truly creative and fancy. But if you want to go with a safer bet, try their JiniDosa and Sai SwadDosa, or go for the evergreen favorite, pav bhaji.
Must try places: Jinny Dosa, Sai Swad Dosa, Hot Spot.
3. Mohammed Ali Road Khau Galli
Gastronomic heaven for meat lovers, the Khau Galli at Mohammed Ali Road provides a plethora of options for all kinds of foodies. From sizzling tikkas, fluffy naans, succulent kebabs, and mouth watering malpuas, there is something for everyone on this street that runs alongside Minara Masjid. However, the star of this eat street is the delectable Mughlai food, especially during Ramzan. Legendary restaurants sell Nalli Nihari and Haleem that are a favourite with Bollywood stars, and the famous Suleiman Bakery has the best phirni in the city.
Must try places: Bademiyan, Noor Mohammedi Hotel, Sulemaan Usmaan Mithaiwala
4. Kharghar Khau Galli
The street near Utsav Chowk in Kharghar turns into a fully functional and chaotic Khau Galli in the evenings. A clean road, fresh air and a huge fountain in the middle of the road are just some of the incentives to attract people to this eat street for evening snacks. While you are here, head straight to the momo vendor who makes perfectly steamed momos with generous chicken and vegetarian fillings and serves them with a spicy Schezwan sauce.
Must try places: Darjeeling Sikkim Momos, Kharghar Fry Corner, Little China Fast Food
5. Tardeo Khau Galli
While Tardeo’s Khau Galli is overshadowed by the popularity of the iconic Sardar restaurant’s butter-smeared Pav Bhaji, there is a lot more to discover for the ultimate foodie. For a cheesy and quick, spicy snack, check out Mamaji’s Grilled Sandwiches, while non-vegetarians check out the shawarmas and mutton biryanis at the local joints.
Must try places: Sardar’s Pav Bhaji, Mamaji’s Grill and Pizza, Hotel Sai Gomantak Restaurant
6. Zaveri Bazaar Khau Galli
Zaveri Bazaar is the popular jewellery, gold and diamond hub of Mumbai. The iconic Zaveri Bazaar Khau Galli is an integral part of it and never fails to deliver culinary delights to its customers at extremely pocket-friendly rates. Hungry businessmen and busy shoppers have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to the street food here, which is predominantly a blend of local and Gujarati flavours. Remember to try the unique pudla, kachoris, papdi and moong dhal bhajiyas, along with a cold badam shake or freshly pressed sugarcane juice at Zaveri Bazaar!
Must try places: Bhagat Tarachand, Mohanbhai Pudlawala, Jagannath Chaturbhuj.
7. SNDT to Cross Maidan Khau Galli
This is Near marine lines and it is open during late night too. This Khau Galli is thronged by college students every day after classes primarily because it is located in the vicinity of some of city’s premier institutions. But that’s not about it, its food has people from all over the city raving about it. Try their aloo baby corn chaat for something light, or the popular Bombay sandwich for something more filling. Their cheese paneer frankie and chicken curry too are a hit with foodies, so give that a go for sure.
Must try places: Hans Ras Mandir, Lenin Pav Bhaji Centre, Raju’s Chinese
8. Mahim Khau Galli
Mahim Khau Galli is a legendary street food destination among Mumbaikars and tourists alike, especially for its mouth watering non-vegetarian fare. Once known as Balamia Road, Mahim Khau Galli is lined with stalls selling yummy eats like baida roti, khiri, sheekh, khichda ( a heavenly concoction of meat, lentils, rice and spice) and melt-in-the-mouth chicken tandoori. Don’t miss the mix ice-cream falooda and the dry kulfi falooda at Baba Falooda, the most famous falooda place of Mahim.
Must try places: Hussain Khichdawala, Makhdoom Masahab, Garib Nawaz
9. Princess Street Khau Galli
If you are headed for a shopping day at the bustling Mangaldas Market, you cannot miss out on Princess Street’s amazing street food.Their badam barfis, samosas and dal pakwans are highly recommended for a quick bite, while for a summer cooler; do give their ice halwa a try. For those who are loyal to chaat, there are numerous stalls serving bhelpuri, sevpuri, dahi papdi and panipuri.
Must try places: Parsi Dairy Farm, Kitchen Garden’, Chandu Halwai.
10. Bhuleshwar Khau Galli
Bhuleshwar is best known for the wholesale jewelry market and thrilling prices. But a true Mumbaikar knows about this secret food heaven that offers splendid varieties of Chaat, snacks, south Indian dishes and Ice Gola. Even a 5 hours street food tour won’t be enough to explore and experience the irresistible dishes that are offered here. The specialty of this Khau Galli is ‘Kheencha papad’ also known as ‘Masala papad’. This papad is topped up with salad, butter and spices which makes it a healthy snack.
11. Chembur Khau Galli
While Chembur Khau Galli isn’t always the easiest place to reach from other parts of Mumbai, it’s worth visiting over the weekend for a little slice of foodie heaven; it has speciality Sindhi and Punjabi eateries. Unlike most Khau Gallis in Mumbai that offer staples like Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav and various kinds of dosas; the unpretentious, hole-in-the-wall eateries here concentrate purely on regional specialities such as koki, kulchas, dal pakwas, and ragda pattice, along with an array of sweets.
Must try places: Bhat Vishranti Gruha, Vig refreshments, Sainath Dhaba
12. Girgaum Chaupati
If you’re looking for a perfect candlelight dinner in Mumbai, you can find plenty of options here in Girgaon or you can also walk by the marine drive and explore the downtown of Mumbai. On Girgaum Chaupati (Girgaon beach), along with the famous Mumbai Chaat, you will be able to treat your taste buds with sea-food, pav-bhaji vada-pav and Ice Gola. There are plenty of stalls and small hotels that are open till midnight. But you need a professional guide who knows which stalls to visit to get the authentic chat and seafood.
Cleanse your palette with a sweet treat
Once you have tried all the above, conclude your Mumbai street food trail with a plate of watermelon, pineapple, oranges and Mahabaleshwar strawberries at an outdoor kiosk, surrounded by vendors clinking cold drink bottles. If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, order a falooda, a tall glass of vermicelli noodles, dried fruits and nuts, doused with rose syrup and topped with sabza (sweet basil seeds), at the Haji Ali Juice Centre at Breach Candy or Swati Snacks at Tardeo.
Have you visited any of this street food in Mumbai before? If you haven’t, don’t forget to inform us in the comments section about how you liked this ride through these amazing culinary heavens.