Bombay via breakfast

Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited | Saturday 15 July 2006 4:47 am

There are lots of fancy Food Malls but the place to stop on your journey to Bombay is Shree Datta. This is just short of a shack with an elaborately covered seating space, and serves the most delightful, piping hot Maharashtrian snacks, each one a classic.

Forget the foreign jaunt, lately I’ve been going up and down between Bombay and Pune so often, some mornings I wake up and am not sure where I am. Of course the weather clarifies things right off. Wake up in Bombay and it’s hot and yukky in your bed, Pune is beautifully cool, even cold, some monsoon mornings.

Which made me wonder why I had never written about our usual food stop half way between the two. There are lots of fancy Food Malls but the place to stop on your journey to Bombay is Shree Datta. This is just short of a shack with an elaborately covered seating space, and serves the most delightful, piping hot Maharashtrian snacks, each one a classic. Their hottest selling item has to be the batata wada served with pav and garlic chutney, to be eaten between sips of hot chai, so that your tongue absolutely sizzles. But among the ones that our my regular favourites are the kande poha, the best I’ve ever tasted, missal pav, and the kothimbir vadi. Obviously their cooks haven’t given me their secret recipes, but I’ve searched, asked and adapted and done a lot of tasting, and I think I’ve gotten pretty close.
Take the trip or try this. Actually do both!

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  1. Pingback by Poha – Breakfast | The Food Blog — September 25, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    […] don’t recall the poha at Shree Datta having potatoes, but all the people I checked with swore by it. So since I don’t have that […]

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