Holi is here and we just can't wait for the celebrations to begin. If you are an Indian or have lived in India for a considerable time of your life, you would know that Holi is one of India's most widely celebrated and fun-filled festivals. From north to south, east to west, Holi is celebrated with much fervour and enthusiasm and Mumbai is no different. Playing with colours, water guns and engaging in endless song and dance routine, Mumbai does it all and in style. If there is anything that Mumbai loves more than its festivals is its food. While puran polis, bhakarwadis, and gujiyas rule the Holi celebrations, let's admit that most of us like to head out in in the Holi evenings. Call it the exhaustion to cook at home or making the most festive hangover with the last round of greasy and decadent bits, Holi evenings are a highlight of their own in terms of food. Here are 6 places you can feast all your cravings post the Holi celebrations, that too without going too harsh on your pocket.
1. Elco Pani Puri CentreChaat to Holi is perhaps what sweets are to Diwali. And Holi evenings are the best to try out one of Mumbai's best all vegetarian snack corner- Elco. Mumbai's love affair with pani puri is known to all. If you want to understand what the obsession is all about, you must visit Elco. Elco's crunchy puris are filled with a lip-smacking potato filling and makes for an ideal combination of khatta, teekha and meetha. Apart from pani puri, Elco's dahi puri, ragda pattice and veg grilled cheese sandwich are also worth trying.Where: 2/A, Elco Market, 46, Hill Road, Bandra West
Cost For Two: INR 450
2. Amar Juice Centre Not just regular Mumbaikars, Amar juice centre is quite a huge celebrity following too. Actress Sonam Kapoor revealed in one of her interviews that she loves the fiery pav bhaji of the popular eatery. Amar juice centre is the one-stop shop for all your chaat cravings and quick bites. From lip-smacking dahi puri to greasy noodles to decadent paneer chilli roll, they have it all. Don't miss out on their extensive range of dosas. Our favourites are manchurian dosa, crispy schezwan dosa and noodle dosa. Amar juice centre has 7 branches across the city for the foodies to indulge and explore its vast menu. We are sure that Amar juice centre has everything for all kinds of Holi cravings.Where:3, RN Cooper Hospital Compound, Gulmohar Road, Vile Parle West, Mumbai + 6 more locations
Cost For Two: INR 550(Also Read: Holi 2018: A Fully Prepared Holi Lunch Menu For A Memorable Holi Party)
3. BademiyaFor the meaty cravings of biryanis, rolls, baida rotis and kebabs, Mumbai has many places but there must be something special about Bademiya in Colaba that keeps pulling the crowd at any odd hour of the day. Established in 1946, Bademiya's initial days were not the smoothest of them all. They had to shift their base multiple times before finally settling down in Colaba. Bademiya's authentic Mughlai and North Indian fare has found many loyal fans over the years. And if you haven't been to the legendary eatery yet, let this festive season be the perfect excuse to do so.Where: Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
Cost For Two: INR 900
4. Haji Ali Juice CentreMumbai is often dubbed as the city that never sleeps. With outlets like Haji Ali Juice Centre open till wee hours of the morning, we are not surprised as such. Offering an extensive range of desserts and light bites like kesar pista ice cream, casatta, kaju milkshake, pineapple and grape juice, Haji Ali Centre's delicious flavours are every foodie's dream come true. Haji Ali Juice Centre's, greasy rolls, clubbed sandwich, and burgers are no less an attraction either.Where: Lala Lajpat Rai Road, Haji Ali Circle, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai
Cost For Two: INR 700
5. BaghdadiFor an authentic Mughlai, North Indian and Afghani fare, Baghdadi could prove to be your best bet. Some of the favourites are: caramel custard, butter chicken, mutton korma and boti chicken. It is a perfect place to appease your post-Holi cravings.Where: 11, Tulloch Road, Behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai
Cost For Two: INR 450
6. Kyani and Co.'Tis the season to indulge and binge, and Kyanis is just the right place if you are craving flavours but don't want to go too heavy on your tummy. Kyani's khari biscuit, lovely Irani chai and special caramel custard is just the perfect way to end your crazy Holi evening. While you are at Kyani's, don't forget to try out their special chicken burger and keema pav. Kyani's old-world charm and delectable food makes it a must try.Where: JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Cost For Two:INR 350
Here's wishing you all a happy and yummy Holi 2018!
About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.