The Anytime – Anywhere Mouthwatering Sweets of Mumbai
Let’s face it – Indian sweets are special! Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, there are bound to be certain Indian ‘mithai’ or traditional sweets that hold a soft corner in your heart. Mumbaikars love sweets too. Some sweet dishes are especially made for specific festivals such as Diwali, Ganpati, Eid, Dusshera, or Christmas. And that is the charm of India – we have so many festivals that bond us and as many sweets to devour! However, in Mumbai, you will notice that there are certain sweets that have become a near staple for the city’s residents. These ‘anytime-anywhere’ Indian sweets can be found at roadside stalls, budget restaurants and even 5 star hotels. The many sweet shops of Mumbai are well known with specific names holding fame for being, let’s say, jalebiwalaas, rasmalai-walaas, Bombay halwa specialists, and mithaiwalaas. And then there are some sweets like the Malpua that are bound to the culture of ‘Old Bombay’.
Vishnuji Ki Rasoi brings you a list of 5 such delectable, mouthwatering treats that Mumbai is crazy for!
Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside – these coils of sweetened flour soaked in and dripping with sheera (thick sugar syrup) are a hot favourite amongst sweet lovers across Mumbai. Served hot from the frying pan or kadhai, the jalebi is traditionally yellow, orange or the natural brown in colour. Add a dash of ‘mawa’ to the flour base, and you get the rich mawa jalebi. People team the hot sweet with ice cream, yoghurt, rabdi or have it just as it is. Jalebis may be ‘teDa’ but they are definitely a sweet love!
2. Gulab Jamun
Soft round balls of flour fried delicately and immersed in sheera, the gulab jamun is a regular feature as desert on thaalis (plate meals). However, Mumbaikars often venture out specifically to have gulab jamun as an anytime snack. While most restaurants serve the simple variety of the sweet, the authentic flavor is replete with saffron, cardamom, and often topped with dry fruits and silver foil. This ‘melt in your mouth’ Indian sweet has definitely won the heart of Mumbai!
Not as commonly available as the jalebi or gulaab jamun, Maplua shares a close bond with the culture and traditions of old Bombay. A sweet Indian pancake which is deep fried, the malpua is often topped off with malai (fresh cream) or rabdi. However, lots of people like having the malpua plain. This not so common treat is a must have for anyone living in the city.
4. Gaajar ka halwa
Gaajar ka halwa is perhaps a sweet that reminds most of us of home. Made from carrots, its recipe varies from household to household. Mothers and grandmothers have been making this lively orange delicacy for decades and children and adults still demand it when they crave something sweet. It is no wonder that this sweet can be found on the menu of most Indian restaurants. For an authentic gaajar halwa experience though, it needs to be prepared with high quality rich ingredients. And a lot of affection of course!
5. Doodhi ka halwa
This sweet, like the malpua, is particularly popular in Mumbai and not as commonly found in other states of India. Made from grated doodhi (bottle gourd), the sweet is semi dry like gaajar ka halwa. It is a very subtle green in colour and boasts of fine ingredients such as mawa, dry fruits, saffron and natural flavourings.
While Vishnuji Ki Rasoi features these famous sweets on its menu, we also know that there are several other sweets such as puran poli, that we make specially to mark the festivals of India. So keep a look out for our special sweet offerings. And if you crave the most popular sweets of Mumbai, head down to Visnuji Ki Rasoi at Ghodbandar Road, Thane, for an authentic taste and experience.