Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mumbai's Roadside Snacks

I hope ypu enjoy my latest release. We worked for months on end going to every street corner of Mumbai.

India finds expression in its streets – be it culture or be it cuisine! This is truer than ever when said in the context of Mumbai, where street food is relished even by the millionaire who travels in a Mercedes Benz. For just a few rupees one can purchase hot, fresh and delectable snacks sold by vendors from makeshift or portable stalls. Add to this a range of thoughtful accompaniments, and you can have a wholesome and delectable meal at less than half the price of any restaurant.

Indian street food varies from region to region. However, wherever you are, you will surely find a large selection of scrumptious snacks, each prepared more temptingly than the other. The snacks are prepared right in front of your eyes, enticing you with the wonderful spicy aromas. The vendor remains unfazed however high the order-load, and continues to serve each customer with a smile – remembering to cater to their individual preferences, whether they want the dish without onions or extra spicy, or by-two!

Walk alongside me as we explore the streets of Mumbai like PAV SNAKCS, FAMOUS CHAATS, IDLIS & DOSAS, ALL TIME FAVOURITE PAY BHAJI, SANDWICHES, CHINESE FOOD and a lot more! The snacks are prepared right in front of your eyes, enticing you with the wonderful spicy aromas. In fact, some of the vendors gain such a reputation for their snacks that people will journey far to experience the food from a specific vendor. Orders come pouring in as the vendor prepares freshly-fried or mixed snacks right in front of your eyes. He never seems overwhelmed however high the order-load is! What is more, he also caters to everybody’s preferences.... ”Bhaiyyaaa…zara theeka kam banana”, “Aur ek papdi do na”, “Ek Jain sandwich banana”… everybody is heard and served with equal attention!

However, for those who wish to make these in the safety of their own kitchen, this book serves as a guiding light, presenting the basic technique of making each dish, apart from capturing the intricacies of each street food and taking you for a walk along the Mumbai roads, showing you the foodie’s favourite spots and even the price range of each food! Recreate the magic on your kitchen table… but don’t forget to put aside your expensive Chinaware and bring out the paper plates, to bring alive the true spirit of street food! Dig in!

Mumbai Roadside Snacks Price Rs 250/. All color. 96pages.


ketan said...

it would have been good if could put the TOC(Table of Contents) of the book along with sample excerpts, it could be useful for those who are interested in buying.

Sanjay Dalal said...

Ketan : We have posted the table onf contents today. Click on the link of the book.


ketan said...

Thanks Sanjay for posting it, looks yummy after reading TOC of it. I want to gift it to my mummy. Is it available in Gujarati?

Richa Kulkarni said...

Hi Tarlaji. are you planning to host a cookery show in Bangalore?
Please do :) :)


Bhavna said...

Hi Tarlaji. This is Bhavna.
Thank you for sending me all the lovely dishes recipies. Are you planning to host a cookery show in Dubai????

Thank you.
Bhavna (bhavnavk@hotmail.com)

Tarla Dalal said...

Dear Ketan,

Thank you for your good comments, we are planning to translate this book in some time, you will have to wait a couple of months for it.

Tarla Dalal said...

Dear Bhavana,

Thank you for your comments on the recipes, as such now I do not have any plans for demonstration in Dubai.

mohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read Mumbai's Roadside Snacks by Tarla Dalal. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.