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Mumbai Food @ Shudh, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

[singlepic id=1727 w=80 h=92 float=left]Whenever one hears of ‘Mumbai’ food in Delhi, one expects to see Pav Bhaji and Vada Pao among other aged and tottering stalwarts, which have been representative of Mumbai snack foods for as long as I can remember. Shudh, a food court in Karol Bagh however, takes it a few steps further by adding items to their Mumbai Food Festival menu that will be novel for many Delhiites.

Shudh is a bright, clean, well maintained and slightly cramped food court that’s vaguely amphitheatre-ish in appearance, Shudh offers a variety of cuisines to customers who, I was surprised to see, visited Shudh in hordes on a Tuesday evening; come 8pm and there wasn’t a single seat available!

I must have sampled every dish on their Mumbai Food Festival menu – Bhel Puri (69), Sev Puri (69), Sev Batata Puri (69), Dahi Batata Puri (69), Mumbaiya Ragda Patties (80), Sabudana Khichdi (80), Sabudana Patties (80), Mumbaiya Sandwich Plain (107), Mumbaiya Sandwich Grill (120), Mumbaiya Poori Chole (120), Vada Pav (67), Usal Pav (80), Misal Pav (80), Dahi Misal (80), Pav Bhaji (80), Jain Pav Bhaji (80), Cheese Pav Bhaji (89) and Dabeli (67) with the exception of the grilled Mumbaiya Sandwich.

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Surprisingly, every dish on the menu was very well made and quite representative of what it was said to be. I didn’t think the sandwich was anywhere close though perhaps Mumbaikars will be in a better position to comment in an authoritative manner. The Poori Chole was a little too bland for my taste; you may like it. I was especially interested in seeing the Pav, which I was told was initially brought in from Mumbai for a period of 15 days and then replicated at a bakery here. There’s another story somewhere in there; a story I’ll probably never know. I was quite surprised to see the pav they sourced locally was pretty damn good! Again, I’d love to hear what a Mumbaikar has to say on the subject. For some reason, they’re even sourcing ┬átriangular bread. A waste of effort I think, considering Jumbo bread, when cut diagonally would result in triangular slices of similar size. Their call any way.

What matters is that nearly all their food passed muster and you should trot over to Karol Bagh, perhaps on the Metro and try all the goodies they have on offer. I recommend the Sabudana Khichdi, Pav Bhaji and the Dahi Batata Puri.

By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.