Cheese, Ice-Cream & More: Gorge On Unusual Bhajiyas In Mumbai This Monsoon

Bhavika posted on 20 June

Ten-Second Takeaway

What goes best with monsoon? Chai. And what goes best with chai? Bhajiyas. Pakoda, bhajiya, call it what you will, everyone loves a hot fried snack when the rain comes marching in. But did you know that there’s so much more to them beyond what meets the eye – precisely, kandha and batata? Check out this list of unique bhajiyas that you must try this season.

Ice Cream Pakoda

Have you ever in your life heard of ice-cream pakoda? We hadn’t either, until we came across Monika Ice Cream, an obviously experimental ice-cream parlour in Kandivali. Here, they take a dollop of vanilla-cream, dunk it into oil and out comes a fried ice-cream covered in batter. We hear it’s delicious. Try it out, won’t you?

Dessert Parlours

10- B, Majithia Nagar, Near Majithia Haveli, Milap, S.V. Road, Kandivali West, Mumbai

Cheese Pakoda

True-blue lovers of cheese will appreciate its existence in any form, in the Indian pakoda avatar as well. A huge dollop of cheese first rolled into a batter, then deep fried – what could be more comforting than that? You’ll find versions of this snack at Kailash Parbat {at the many outlets near you}, and at Oye Kake, the dhaba-style restaurant in Lower Parel.

Casual Dining

5, Sheela Mahal, 1st Pasta Lane, Near Strand Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai

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Mirchi Bhaji

Green chillies deep fried in oil is a tremendously flavoursome combination, and is one of our favourite snacks with a hot cup of tea in the evening. There are many stalls and addas in Mumbai’s myriad of streets serving up the snack, but we love the ones found in Parel – East opposite Bharat Mata cinema. They are open in the evenings between 6pm–9pm. You also get merapakaya {mirchi} bhajis at Gonguura in Juhu.

Casual Dining

5/6, Juhu Ekta Co-op Housing Society, Juhu Versova Link Road, Juhu, Mumbai

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Paneer Pakoda

As a homesick North Indian, while you may find that the paneer in Mumbai is not as soft as in other parts of the country {with exceptions – yes, we hear you}. But we do like munching on our paneer pakoda at Bandra’s Elco, especially as it’s not a very common street snack. It will cost you INR 130 a plate.

Casual Dining

2/A, Elco Market, 46, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

Chinese Bhajiya

While Parleshwar Vada Pav Samrat is known for its spicy and delicious vada pav, we are here to tell you about their crazy and inventive Chinese bhajiyas. Here they serve assorted bhajiya {made with Chinese spices} along with every Mumbaikar’s obsession – schezwan sauce.

Fast Food Restaurants

Subhash Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai

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Sanna Pakoda

You know what’s better than fried? Double fried. A Sindhi favourite, sanna pakodas are covered with besan batter and then fried twice {first in big chunks, and then small bites}. We love the sanna pakodas that you get at Sindhu Sweets in Khar. They’re crispy, crunchy and extremely flavoursome.

Sweet Shops

3, Satguru Shopping Centre, Ram Krishna Nagar, 3rd Road, Khar West, Mumbai

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