Originally from Peshawar in Pakistan, Paratha – all-in-one meal was a popular culinary option during the Vedic Age. South Indians have their own versions. Delhi goes as far as flaunting a Parathewali Gali! Looking for steamy hot parathas with a twist in Mumbai? Here are some hotspots for your paratha crawl:
Khasiyat – The Paratha House, Vile Parle West
I do not discriminate and have equal love for aloo parathas with their hearty potato filling, Mughlai parathas with yummy egg stuffing, vegetable parathas, dal parathas, mutton parathas. I could go on and on. The best part about The Paratha House is that you can choose from one of the three paratha baskets, which include a customisable one. Each basket comes with a host of accompaniments like raita, chhole, pickle, and kaali dal. I’m salivating already.
Curry Me Up, Andheri West
Barring a few specials like the Saffron-flavoured Mughlai Paratha, parathas are not always the main dish served here. The North Indian joint boasts some yummy curries like Murg Handi-Dum-Korma and Lucknowi Degi Gosht, all of which are best enjoyed with parathas. One taste of the dish, and you will realise that the paratha is what pulls it together to make it exceptional. Within the paratha family, you have options like Tandoori Aloo Paratha, Pudina Paratha, and even Mirchi Paratha. The Mutton Boti Roll (Rs. 150) is also highly recommended.
The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Yes, filling. the Paratha Roll at The Bombay Canteen are beautifully made with vegetable, chicken or mutton fillings. Fellow carnivores, here is a chance to titillate your taste buds with the best of both worlds. The rolls are served with accompaniments like salad and potato wafers. Bear in mind that this quaint joint only serves till 7pm, so get there fast or you will go hungry.
Papa Pancho da Dhaba, Pali Hill, Bandra
Looking for Punjabi aloo parathas that are simple, delicious, and just like the ones your mama used to make? Head to Papa Pancho da Dhaba. The lachcha parathas served here are definitely worth a try. The eatery gives you an authentic dhaba feel with brass plates, cutlery and cutting-chai glasses. This place is over-the-top exuberant and will have you saying, “By God, it’s Punjabi!” as soon as the aloo paratha touches your tongue.
Paratha Mantra, Kala Ghoda
This joint calls to the paratha lover in me like no other. Like me, Paratha Mantra also believes parathas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert! The quirky quotient of this joint is very high, and you can taste Pizza Parathas, Vada Pav Parathas, Bhavnagari Parathas and more. You can even fashion your own options by opting for Make Your Own Parathas. I mentioned dessert, right? Get the Chocolate Parathas stuffed and smothered with decadent chocolate. Swoon.
How to Get There:
Khasiyat – The Paratha House
Where: 21, Dashrathlal Joshi Road, Vile Parle West, Mumbai
Contact: 022 26134292
Timing: All Days 9 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹800 for two people (VAT extra)
Curry Me Up
Where: K 77, JP Road, Behind Seven Bungalows Garden, Near Nana Nani Garden, 7 Bungalows, Andheri West
Contact: +91 9167616999 (Delivery Only)
Timing: 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Cost: ₹700 for two people
The Bombay Canteen
Where: Ground Floor, Process House, Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, S.B. Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Contact: 022 49666666
Timing: Mo – Thu – Sun 12 Noon to 1 AM | Fri – Sat 12 Noon to 1:30 AM
Cost: ₹1,600 for two people
Papa Pancho Da Dhaba
Where: Gasper Enclave, St John’s Road, Near Rupee Bank, Pali Hill, Bandra West
Contact: 022 26518732
Timing: All Days 12 Noon to 12:30 AM
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people
Where: Navbharat House, 6/8 Burjorji Bharucha Marg, Military Square Lane, Opposite Kalaghoda Cafe, Fort, Mumbai
Contact: +91 9821626387 | 022 22702265
Timing: All Days 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost: ₹600 for two people