It’s called the dream city and no wonder that lakhs of people enter this city on a daily basis mesmerised by its glitz and glamour, seeking opportunities to make it big here. One thing that’s good about the city of Mumbai is nobody goes hungry in this city. Whatever time of the day you can always find something to eat here. Being a cosmopolitan city it offers one variety of cuisines which are found locally around every nook and corner of the city.
One of the main attractions of this city is its street foods. They are cheaper, quicker, delicious and easily accessible. For some individuals, streets foods are preferable choice but for some they are unhealthy and unhygienic. It is considered unhygienic more during the monsoons. But, I would say street foods are not always bad or so called junk if the choice made is smarter.
Here are some smart choices one can opt for in order to satisfy sudden tummy growls.
Vegetable Toast Sandwich: One can surely opt for this (preferably brown bread) because it has enough vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, cucumber etc. Also toasting will reduce the number of microorganisms and make it safer. Even the cheese added on it can be a good source of protein if sodium is not a concern.
Idli/dosa and Sambhar: This fermented dish has goodness of protein and carbohydrates. Sambar includes lentils and vegetable. It’s an ideal choice for breakfast.
Masala Chana chat: This hot Channa (boiled kabuli channa or even chickpea) chat is a meal by itself. It’s loaded with protein and fibre. Adding vegetables added to it makes it more palatable and a healthy choice.
Momos: Rice covered steamed Momos packed with vegetable or meat, can never be unhealthy. The varieties of filling in the Momos available can satisfy the likes of people with different taste. Steamed is better than fried Momos.
Roasted peanuts and groundnuts: These are easily available handy chunks which can be popped in anytime like travelling, walking etc.
Fruit and vegetable juices: They rescue your thirst and are any day better choice than aerated drinks. These juices when consumed in the natural form (i.e. without sugar and unstrained) are good source to hydrate your body.
Fruit platter: It’s a platter loaded with antioxidants and fibre. The platter consists of variety of seasonal fruits and makes you feel full. This can be a choice over chips especially during fast.
Dabeli : It is like a sandwich, spicy potato mixture with different chutneys is spread between buns. And garnished with fine nylon sev, chopped onions, spicy peanuts and pomegranate seeds.
If you feel like indulging in street food make a smart choice and go for it. As I mentioned in my earlier blog (http://goqii.com/blog/eating-right-even-while-partying/) Keep GPRS rule (Grilled. Poached. Roasted. Steam) in mind.