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Rainy Day Delights: Mumbai's Must-Try Monsoon Snacks

By Vidhi

Updated - May 14, 20246 min read

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Mumbai's monsoon season is a sight to behold. The city transforms into a vibrant tapestry of glistening streets, lush greenery, and a cool breeze that washes away the summer's scorching heat. But what truly elevates the monsoonal experience is indulging in some delicious, comforting snacks that perfectly complement the pitter-patter on your window pane. This isn't just about satisfying your hunger; it's about embracing a tradition, a connection to the city's vibrant street food culture, and creating warm memories associated with the rhythmic drumming of the rain.


A Symphony of Savory Delights

The first wave of cravings during a Mumbai monsoon often leads you towards hot and savory treats. The aroma of freshly fried delights wafting from street vendors acts as an irresistible siren call. 



These bite-sized fritters are the undisputed champions of the monsoon snack scene. Deep-fried in chickpea flour batter, they come in a dazzling variety – fluffy potato pakoras, crispy onion rings, cauliflower florets cloaked in a golden armor, or even melt-in-your-mouth paneer pakoras. Each bite bursts with flavor and texture, a perfect accompaniment to a steaming cup of cutting chai.


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Vada Pav:

This iconic Mumbai street food is a symphony of textures and flavors. A deep-fried potato patty, spiced to perfection, is nestled inside a soft pav (bread roll). Drizzled with chutneys, both sweet and spicy, and sprinkled with onions, it's a complete meal in itself, perfect for a rainy afternoon spent indoors. 


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These triangular pockets of flaky pastry are another popular choice. Filled with a spiced potato and pea mixture, the samosa offers a satisfying crunch with each bite. They can be enjoyed on their own or with a side of chutney and yogurt for a well-rounded flavor profile. 


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Kheema Pav:

For those seeking a more substantial snack, kheema pav is a warm and comforting option. Minced meat (usually lamb) cooked with a blend of aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and garam masala is served with a soft pav. The rich and flavorful kheema complements the fluffy bread perfectly, creating a delightful explosion in your mouth. 

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Sweet Companions for a Rainy Day:

As the rain continues its rhythmic melody, your taste buds might crave a touch of sweetness. Here, Mumbai offers a delightful array of warm and comforting treats:


Bhutta (Corn on the Cob):

Roasted corn on the cob, a quintessential monsoon snack, is a simple yet satisfying indulgence. The smoky aroma from the roasting process mingles with the sweetness of the corn kernels, enhanced further by a generous coating of butter, salt, and red chili powder. Each bite is a burst of flavor and texture, a perfect comfort food for a rainy day.


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Bun Maska:

Toasted buns slathered with generous amounts of butter and sprinkled with sugar are a classic comfort food in Mumbai. The warm, sweet buns offer a delightful textural contrast, creating a nostalgic indulgence that goes perfectly with a hot cup of chai. 

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Gulab Jamun:

These melt-in-your-mouth deep-fried dough balls, soaked in a sweet, rose-flavored syrup, are a decadent indulgence. Each bite is a burst of sweetness, contrasting beautifully with the warm, aromatic syrup. Gulab Jamun is a perfect way to end a delicious monsoon snacking session.

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Cutting Chai with maska (milk):

No monsoon experience is complete without a steaming cup of cutting chai. This strong, milky tea with a touch of ginger is a warm hug in a cup, perfect for those rainy days. The bold flavors of the tea cut through the richness of the snacks, leaving you feeling refreshed and satisfied.


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A Culinary Adventure Beyond the Familiar

While the aforementioned snacks are the undisputed champions of the Mumbai monsoon, the city also offers a delectable array of local delicacies waiting to be explored:


Misal Pav:

A Maharashtrian specialty, misal pav features a spicy lentil curry topped with chopped onions, tomatoes, farsan (a crunchy mix of fried lentils and peanuts), and a fried potato patty (vada). It's served with a soft pav and is a must-try for those who enjoy a bit of a heat. The rich and spicy curry paired with the contrasting textures of the farsan and the soft pav creates a delightful explosion of taste and texture. A squeeze of lemon juice adds a refreshing touch, making misal pav a perfect monsoon treat.

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Bombay Sandwich:

This vegetarian sandwich is a unique Mumbai creation. Layers of soft bread are filled with a variety of chutneys, vegetables like cucumber and potato, sometimes even cheese or a fried egg. It's a flavorful and filling snack option, perfect for satisfying your hunger pangs on a rainy day.

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Beyond Restaurants: Embrace the Street Food Culture

The true magic of Mumbai's monsoon munchies lies in embracing the city's vibrant street food culture. Venture out with an umbrella (of course!) and explore the delectable offerings from street vendors. Watch as pakoras are sizzled to perfection in large kadhais (woks), inhale the aroma of freshly roasted bhutta, and witness the meticulous assembly of a Bombay sandwich. This immersive experience adds another layer of joy to your monsoon snacking adventure.


Mumbai's monsoon season is more than just rain; it's a celebration of life, a time to reconnect with the city, and to create cherished memories. Food plays a central role in this celebration. The delightful array of snacks, both familiar and new, warms your body and soul, creating a sense of comfort and joy. So, the next time the rain pours down in Mumbai, grab a friend or curl up with a good book, choose your favorite monsoon munchies, and savor the magic of the season. After all, a happy tummy makes for a happy heart, and in Mumbai, a happy heart embraces the monsoon with open arms (and a full stomach)!