Pav Bhaji is the quint-essential Mumbai street food! It’s a spicy preparation of mashed vegetables, a generous dose of fresh tomatoes, a d ollop of butter and consumed with pav, which is usually buttered on all sides.
Sounds Yummy doesn’t it?
The history of the pav bhaji is as delicious as the dish itself. As per popular folklore, it originated back in the 1850’s when textile mills flourished in Mumbai. Textile workers, who didn’t have a lot of time to eat their lunch, wanted a light meal as they had to return to their physical work.
A person saw this problem and in true mumbaiya sense came with a jugaad. He replaced the roti with a pav and the curry with a spicy concoction of vegetables. And thus Pav Bhaji was born!
We’ve come up with a list of 5 such places in Mumbai. Read on to find out more!
1. Sardar Pav Bhaji, Tardeo
Sardar Pav Bhaji serves arguably the best Pav Bhaji in Mumbai and if you’re a Pav Bhaji fan, then this is a place you just cannot miss. Pav Bhaji here can be described by just one word-BUTTER!! The brownish black colour of the Bhaji is brought out by their secret masala. If you’re in for a cheesy kick, then order a Cheese Pav Bhaji, which is served with a mound of shredded cheese.
2. Maruti Pav Bhaji at Vile Parle
Vile Parle’s best kept secret, this is a place frequented by those in the know and it never fails to amaze me just how much of a fan following this place has. This guy starts from 7PM and does not have closing time, as people just keep coming. Pav Bhaji is spectacular and tastes unlike any you’ll have elsewhere.
3. Bhagwati Pav Bhaji, Kandivali West
A late nighters’ paradise, this place is open till 1AM in the night and is famous for delicious lip smacking food.
4. Sukh Sagar, Chowpatty
Sukh Sagar is an awesome place for vegetarians all food lovers.
5. Cannon Pav Bhaji, Fort
Located bang opposite Mumbai CST, Canon Pav Bhaji is one of the most iconic pav bhaji places in Mumbai. The heavenly aroma of butter & bhaji will help you locate this humble kerbside stall as you cross the road from CST.
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