This started off frankly as a normal tweeting experience...Early morning tweet while travelling in rush traffic to work...And sleepy as usual..saw a tweet..
About #LondonInIndia & Leyla (Principle Character of this experience) And me as a food lover woke up with a start and Jumped on this opportunity to show Leyla the foodie side of Aamchi Mumbai. And there was the journey starting. It was very courteous of @Foodbloggerai to include me in this Foodie Endeavour without much of experience in it.
So here is me a total newbie at Food touring (But a lover and liker of all things food..And constant searcher for good places to eat) talking with pros at this. Jahan & Jagruti the other two foodies who were the co-conspirators with me. We decided once Leyla lands in Mumbai we take her to places in evening time through whatsapp.
|Foodies on a Tour @ Prakash Dadar image: imbevda|
Day 1: I never realized that i would be first person to take Leyla & Matt on a food tour..That too on first day itself. Jetlagged but still in upmost high spirits these guys were ready for first city of their world tour. For more scoops on her world tour refer Leyla's blog:
So we start the tour with me getting Leyla at her hotel at Palladium Mall, Lower Parel. Awesome music & decoration owing to Christmas coming soon.
|Palladium Decorations - Its Christmas time!! Image: imbevda|
We meet in Hotel Lobby & this guys are totally ready to roll out in Aamchi Mumbai. Towards the way to Dadar me a chatterbox kept on talking and Leyla & Matt bear me ;) I tell them about humble beginnings of the area & how the food is inspired by it.
We reach Shivaji Park, Dadar (And its Monday..I forgot many shops will be closed) heart of Mumbai's Marathi community.
|The legendary Prakash Dadar pic: imbevda|
Prakash it is first. This is an institution for Marathi food since ages and even published in New york times for its food. So we enter this Humble place but a very foodie paradise in itself. Indicator that good food doesnt need swanky place food talks for years.
|Small & Simple menu hasnt changed for years. Quality of food matters image:imbevda|
We enter this Marathmola place with service people shuttering in & smiling to tell us about food. Leyla Matt & Me take a seat and scan through their Menu a perfect Marathi items in it.
We order the most famous dishes Misal (No pav here) & Sabudana Wada, ThaliPeeth..
|Misal image courtsey: Leyla|
|Sabudana Vada image courtsey: Leyla|
While we are waiting for the food at a table the anticipation grows in me what will happen now & how will the Food Writer Leyla will find the food. But when the food came here she was all super excited & taking pics of Misal & Sabudana Vada.
|Image courtsey: Jahan Bloch|
Misal - Made from Moth beans Sev Farsan Potato sabji (uniqueness of this place) & Onions. No Pav is served here.
|Misal image: imbevda|
|Sabudana vada image imbevda|
Sabudana Vada - Sago (Made from Pearl Tapioca) soaked & cooked with coriander & green chillies then potato is added & deep fried.
Thalipeeth came in late but hot & tasty it was. A savoury pancake made of multiple grains with coriander chillies & spices & served with Yoghurt having coriander in it.
|Thalipeeth - A Pancake made up of goodness. Image Courtesy: Leyla|
The servers also brought in Sabudana Puri a unique item with potato content more than Sago in it & Sweet Piyush (My favourite made from Yoghurt).
|Sabudana Puri image: imbevda|
All the ordered food was devoured by us in few minutes. We then march towards the famous Dadar Market for other food experience..Unfortunately its Monday and we are late so most of them were shut.
|Kharvas made from Colostrums A dessert #Streefood image: imbevda|
But we did Manage to get hands on another Marathi item called Kharvas (Made from first milk of cow after calf birth aka Colostrums a super rich milk with cardamom, nutmeg & sugar with normal cow milk added) with jelly like consistency from street vendor. Sadly the tour had to be halted as eateries were closed..Well something big was planned for next meet..
Ended the tour for the day with quintessential Tour through Mumbai Local from Dadar. For more on that read Leyla's Blog or Her twitter: @Leylalaa.
We continue the food tour after a couple of weeks after Leyla & Matt come back to Mumbai.. For Part 2 & more...Stay tuned..
P.S.: Late posting of this post is to me being wanting to experience part 2 to write about it...