Mumbai has always been dream destination for people who wanted to kick start their career in any field you name. An innovative initiative – Mumbai Masala Food Festival started by airport authorities to showcase food culture in Mumbai through medium of festival. Amazing stuff, great efforts and classy showcase – just in right sense at right place.
Area was huge still they tried their best to make it look like a street in mumbai displaying few things which represent Mumbai.
Food was dominated by maharashtrian cuisine but was accompanied with some mouth watering street food as well. We started our meal with vegetarian & non vegetarian thali.
Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian Thali
It was a complete meal merely priced at Rs299 for veg & Rs399 for non-veg. It included Bharleli Vangi(stuffed aubergine), Chicken sukha, stuffed Bhavnagri chilli, masala bhat, kachumbar, rice bhakri , amrakhand and sol kadhi.
This dish included small baby bringals stuffed with sweet & spicy mixture with the flavour of peanut. It was a little on sweeter side, but the blend of flavours was bang on. It was served in a cup made up of dry leaves. A trafitional way of serving food. This is the authentic maharashtrian dish.
Star dish of the day. A dry preparation made up of tender chicken pieces coated with thick masala gravy. Simple dish yet delicious. Though it is a dry dish with very little gravy in it, it was perfectly accompanied by rice bhakri which made the combination very well. This dish is must try.
Bharleli mirchi(Stuffed Bhavnagri Chilli)
Another traditional Maharashtrian dish which includes stuffed bhavnagri chillies. In Marathi they are known as bharleli mirchi, in Gujarati they are called as bharela marcha and in Hindi it is called as bharwa mirch. The stuffing was made up of roasted Besan, Peanuts, coconut,spices & sugar with a hint of lemon. This stuffed mirchi was nice treat for my taste buds, you can eat it with plain dal chawal or kadhi chawal or kadhi khichadi or as a side dish with dal, chawal, sabzi & roti meal .
A delicious tur dal preparation with a hint of coconut, tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Classically served along with steamed rice. Was very light in flavour but decent enough to have it.
Bhakri made up of rice which was fluffy and soft. These bhakris are packed with carbohydrates, protein and iron. You will relish these with even the most simplest of vegetables or a dal.
It was thick, creamy, soft, supple, delicious and once you taste it you can go on and on such was the magic of Mango Shrikhand. Amra means Mangoes hence the dish is also known by the name Mango Shrikhand.
Coconut based drink made up of coconut milk, sourness of kokam, spiciness of chillies with a dash of garlic. A perfect drink which helps to digest such a heavy meal. They use freshly squeezed coconut milk for making this drink. Proprietary coconut milk is available in the market, but the fresh one has a better flavour which makes this drink quite refreshing.
Dahi Batata Puri
Who can say no to this dish? Puffed puri stuffed with lentils, potato, green chutney, sweet date chutney and curd. Topped up with sev, freshly chopped coriander & pomegranate seeds. A perfect blend of textures and flavours. The crunch of puri and sev along with the smoothness of curd & stuffing was quite delightful . Street food dish which every one carves for.
Its a famous recipe from street of Mumbai. It seemed to be like an Indian canape with a crisp disc shaped base topped up with a mixture of onion, potato, sweet date chutney & green coriander chutney. Which was later garnish with sev and mixture of grated carrot, beetroot,tomato & freshly chopped coriander. An appetizer that can steal your heart out of any meal.
It tasted like a crisp fritter made up of chickepa flour with dominating flavour of coriander. Another maharashtrian delicacy which is normally served as a tea snack. It is first steamed and den tempered with spices or fried.
A dish which is available in mostly every corner, every street, every region of Mumbai. Thin slices of potato dipped in a batter made up of besan seasoned with spices & deep fried in oil. It was served exactly how it is suppose to be served with some dry garlic chutney, fried green chilies and green chutney. A complete delight which will remind you of Mumbai streets.
Exactly same like Batata Bhaji but with a little different texture. Because onion seem to be randomly sliced and mixed in thick batter, later a dollop is dropped in hot oil & fried. Another dish that will remind you about the streets of Mumbai. A perfect snack to have on a rainy day along with masala chai.
If you serve this dish to any Mumbaikar, he will get mad and will treat you like a friend forever. A delicacy which is largely served in streets of mumbai. Chana is tossed in lemon juice and chat masala , and served as it is. A complete refresher which will keep your taste buds lingering around. Airport chefs have played smart while planning the menu for this festival.
Another recipe from streets of mumbai. Puffed rice tossed with onion tomatoes,some chutneys, chat masala and sev.
Ambiance – 9/10
Food – 9/10
Value for Money – 10/10