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Highway On Your Plate: These Dhabas On The Mumbai-Pune Expressway Do Food Right

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Travel and food co-exist. Because what's a journey without a halt at a place to fill up the tummy? Makes everything so worthwhile, really. And like us, if you're crossing the Mumbai-Pune Highway way too often, this list of some amazing dhabas whipping up the best of dal makhnis, butter chickens and naans, is for you. 

Sunny Da Dhaba

This one tops our list for its lively ambience, quick service, and the gobsmacking food, obviously. So if you're a fan of heavenly Punjabi food, you've got to make a stop here. 

What Not To Miss: While their paneer butter masala is a well-known favourite and a Dhaba Special too, we’d recommend you also try their chicken tikka masala. To end your already wonderful experience on a high, have their flavourful mango lassi. It’s just what you need before you get back on the road.

Shell Out: INR 1,500 (approx) for two

The Kinara Village Dhaba

Close to the Karla Caves, this authentic and traditional venue serves Indian favourites and also has a rustic vibe to it, with shamiana tents with fairy lights, palmistry (on certain occasions), bullock carts, swings and diwans and even live music nights.

What Not To Miss: Don’t miss out on their traditional butter chicken, dal makhani, kebabs and tikkas, biryani, chicken banjara masala and their version of Indian Chinese. For desserts, try their kesar jalebi, matka kulfi or even their rabdi.

Shell Out: INR 1,200 (approx) for two

Babbi Da Punjabi Dhaba

This one has really low-key interiors but if you're looking for the perfect starters to go with your booze then trust their non-vegetarian fare. 

What Not To Miss: The tandoori chicken here is so soft and juicy with the right amount of masalas. You could also try a chicken masala with a jeera rice for mains. Oh and the chicken tikkas musn't be missed out. 

Shell Out: INR 1,000 (approx) for two

Sheetal Da Dhaba

Known for their friendly staff, Sheetal Da Dhaba believes in giving you overall great experience. We know how tired we can get while travelling, that’s exactly why we recommend Sheetal Da Dhaba’s chicken biryani.

What Not To Miss: With a mix of rich flavours, the biryani is a heavy dish and makes for an entire meal, even by itself. However, if you still do have some space for dessert, have some of their gajar ka halwa, which will be the perfect, sweet end to your meal.

Shell Out: INR 1,200 (approx) for two

Bhajan Singh Da Dhaba

Located near the Somatane Toll Plaza, Bhajan Singh Da Dabba is a must-go for hardcore non-vegetarians. Offering an extraordinary variety of chicken and mutton dishes, this dhaba is an extremely promising place. 

What Not To Miss: While their starters such as the chicken achari kebab and the chicken chilly impressed us significantly, it is their main course that steals the show. Make sure you try their butter chicken and mutton rogan josh.

Shell Out: INR 1,500 (approx) for two

Toni Daa Dhaba

Not too popular like the others on the list, but this place serves a special menu that comprises very unique delicacies like the Quail Masala, Emu Tikka Masala, Zaafrani Turkey and Duck Masala Handi. Oh and this place also happens to be one of the first dhabas on the highway. 

What Not To Miss: The special menu may not always be available but we otherwise also love the Chicken cheese kasturi kebabs, chicken banjara masala, and the spicy chhole masala. 

Shell Out: INR 1,700 (aprox) for two

Thanda Mamla

Don't go by how weird or dramatic the name is. Thanda Mamla serves garma garam Punjabi khaana to you at all times, and serves lipsmacking vegetarian food. You'll get north Indian, desi chinese, and Maharashtrian wonders here. 

What Not To Miss: You've got to try the Punjabi Thali. It comes with two sabzis, three rotis, two chapatis, or two bhakaris, dal fry, rice, soup, papad, salad and ice Cream. The taste is flavorful and the quantity is satisfying. They also have 16 types of rice preps and 22 varieties of rotis. 

Shell Out: INR 450 (approx) for two