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Regardless of the forms of celebrations in different parts of India, Diwali festivities everywhere are expressed through the medium of food. From ladoos to shankarpalis and puran polis to chaklis, Diwali is enjoyed with an array of eatables from the morning. Breakfast is generally a family affair and vegetarian delicacies are generally eaten that day. While some eat at home, others step out for a celebratory breakfast. Mumbai offers some interesting options which one can check out this Diwali. Relish your breakfast, but eat light so that you can tuck in other Diwali treats the rest of the day.
Misal in a Pav at D:OH!, Andheri West
The misal in a pav here is the perfect way to perk up your taste buds on Diwali and get ready for the onslaught of sweets later. This spicy misal stuffed inside a crusty bun is an interesting take on the actual Maharashtrian delicacy. With the gravy and lentils, topped with crispy farsan, chopped onions, placed inside the crusty bun, this dish is appealing to the eyes as well as taste buds.
Ragi Masala Dosa at Dakshniyan, Juhu
Be it Diwali or any day of the year, a South Indian breakfast always wows the palate. This ragi masala dosa with the aroma of ghee is an absolute treat. Made with finger-millet or ragi flour, this healthy, rustic dosa filled with spicy potatoes, satiates your appetite and is easy-on-the wallet.
Akuri of Cottage Cheese, Fresh Basil and Potato Salli at The Pantry, Kala Ghoda
If you thought that only an akuri made with eggs is delicious, think again. This akuri is a delightful medley of cottage cheese, crispy potatoes in the form of Salli and the aromatic basil. The texture is just right and trust me, you will never miss the egg version anymore.
The Zohan at The Bagel Shop, Bandra
If a sandwich is what you fancy, it does not have to be your regular daily simple one. Try the Zohan – a bagel sandwich at The Bagel Shop. The falafel patty with lettuce, tomato and in-house mayo is filling as well as delicious. The well-spiced falafel teases the palate and the crunch offered by the veggies is just perfect.
So treat yourself to a special breakfast in Mumbai this Diwali and it need not be Indian fare only. Some dishes with a global
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.