Delhi Street Food Vs. Mumbai Street Food: The Ultimate Tug Of War

Battle of the plates that tingle our taste buds

 
Delhi Street Food Vs. Mumbai Street Food: The Ultimate Tug Of War

The two biggest metropolitan cities in the country have always been subject to comparisons over a bunch of different things, initiated by none other than the locals themselves. However, one of the biggest and still unresolved fights is the one over food. Delhi has its Chandni Chowk and Mumbai has it Khau Gali (among other places) which invite foodies from all over the country and the world to try the lip-smacking, signature Indian street food dishes. So, if you had to pick between the street food of either state, which one would it be? Let’s take a look at the overarching differences of the two:

Chaat Vs. Vada Pav

While Delhiites swear by chaats, Mumbaikars can't stay without vada pav
While Delhiites swear by chaats, Mumbaikars can’t stay without vada pav

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Vada Pav in Mumbai is not just any other food item available at every corner of every street in the city. It is the lifeline of the locals and it is a way of life. In Delhi, on the other hand, the locals swear by their chaats. There is an exhaustive list of varieties of chaats that can be found in the streets of Delhi.

Bombay Duck Vs. Chicken Tikka

While Mumbai is proud of its tasty seafood, Delhi boasts of yummy Mughlai cuisine
While Mumbai is proud of its tasty seafood, Delhi boasts of yummy Mughlai cuisine

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It’s quite natural that Mumbai will have a larger and better quality as well as the quantity of seafood than Delhi, any given day. The Bombil is one such dish which is signature to Mumbai and cannot be found elsewhere. For Delhi, they pride in their Mutton Gosh, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Hariyali, etc with Afghani Roti, clearly boasting of the heavy Mughal influence in its cuisine.

Bheja Fry Vs. Rogan Josh

The battle of the meats has delicious dishes from Mumbai as well as Delhi
The battle of the meats has delicious dishes from Mumbai as well as Delhi

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If we must play it fair and compare the meat dishes of both the states, Mumbai’s Bheja Fry would be on the same plane as Delhi’s Rogan Josh. Both mutton dishes, their preparations carry the essence and taste of their birthplace quite loyally. Both the dishes are extremely succulent, spicy, yet largely different in taste from each other.

Mumbai’s Frankie Vs. Delhi’s Kathi Rolls

When thinking of rolls, Frankie and Kathi Rolls are tough competitors
When thinking of rolls, Frankie and Kathi Rolls are tough competitors

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You aren’t a dedicated foodie if you even mistakenly confuse between a Frankie and a Kathi roll. The former, a signature of Mumbai, would definitely go up against the spicy, Mughlai-inspired Kathi roll that the streets of Delhi are replete with. Even though both of them are two varieties of rolls, one has to taste each from their respective originating points in order to comprehend the difference.

It would be every foodie’s own call to come to a decision, a rather difficult one, of choosing one city’s street food over the other. Both have the potential to give the other a run for its money. It depends on the palate, and of course, your love for Delhi/Mumbai.