Jharna Thakkar lists five quintessential foods that could be grabbed during the drizzling days of Mumbai.
Molten hot butter slipping down the unevenly ribbed surface of golden corn on a cob is everyone's first rain-soaked memory of Mumbai. Sprinkles of salty and spicy masala just add to this roadside favourite's appeal. As do the buttawalla's latest additions - Schezwan and cheese.
Available at: Nariman Point, Worli Sea Face and Carter Road
Sheets of green and black beans neatly arranged in distinctive design. Slashes of colour make an entry via the raw mangoes, onions, tomatoes and sharp chillies which are used to make and garnish the Kabuli chana. There isn't much else that is more drool-inducing than seeing the chanawalla cook up your preparation, generally spiked with chaat masala and butter.
Available at: Colaba Bandstand, Marine Drive and Fort
From fine English brews, aromatic Indian blends to overpriced and ghastly bagged creations, tea has always held a soft spot for us Indians. But none of them comes close to our masala cutting chai. Over cooked (not brewed, surely), sickly sweet yet pungent and herbalicious.. need we say more?
Available at: Mantralaya, Marine Drive and Bandra Bandstand
Ever wondered what made cooks take perfectly beautiful vegetables, throw them in a batter, fry them crisp and then serve them with garlic chutney? I know we did, but all that changed after one whiff of this drunk-with-oil snack. No doubt bhajiyas were created by someone who meant for your hips to suffer..
Available at: Railway stations, close to Prabhadevi temple and MM in Malad
It's mostly oversweet with artificial flavouring but it's still the best. All you sceptics who haven't tried a cone-full of this cold burst should give it go while walking on one of our sea faces and if you aren't hooked, let us know. What can be more romantic? The rain on your face and a blast of cold sweet something in your mouth.. slurp!
Available at: Carter Road, Versova, Marine Drive and Girgaum Chowpatty.