Those of you who have been reading my posts,will know how much I love and miss the street food India – not Indian food per se, but snacky stuff like pani puri, bhel puri, dosas, idli, chole bhature, etc. These are actually called ‘chaat‘. You can read more on all these yummylicious ‘desi’ delights in this post.
Every few weeks, I get this insatiable craving for chaat and the urge is so strong that I cannot think of anything else. Obviously it’s not possible to fly back each time I have such a craving. So the next best alternative was to find someplace in Joburg. A lot of people told me to head to Fordsburg. After all, it’s the mecca for everything Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi. However, on several visits to Fordsburg, I could not (and still haven’t) found a place to have anything other than dosas (Dosa Hut makes really good ones). So after much research and asking around, when I stumbled upon a place in Killarney, my happiness knew no bounds!
Mumbai Masala, located on the ground floor of the Killarney Mall, has become a saviour for both K and me. It saves K from my constant ranting ( I can get really obsessive about pani puri) and me from the crabbiness that descends on me if I go to long without a dose of chaat!
I have been here several times but only thought of writing about it after my visit on Saturday. Why should I be the only one to have fun 🙂
The restaurant is actually a fast food corner, and is owned by the same people who run Swad, located right next to Mumbai Masala, if you are looking for some solid Indian food. The service at Mumbai Masala is prompt and efficient. For drinks, besides the usual lemonade, iced teas, etc., you can choose very Indian thing like sweet or salt lassi (yougurt based drinks), or mango lassi!
If chaat is what you are in for, then head straight for their pani puri (crispy shells filled with savoury water and potatoes), dahi papdi chaat (crispy flat wafers served with potatoes, onions, mint chutney, yogurt and spices) or samosa chaat (samosas filled with potatoes and served with chutneys, onions and spices). Their menu explains each of these very well. While I always have the pani puri, notwithstanding the fact that the taste of the water (pani) and the chutneys, almost always is different! Somedays good, somedays ok – but never consistent. However, this has never stopped me from ordering these as they are the best I can get in Joburg.
Their bhel puri (puffed rice served with an assortment of sauces, topped with onions, tomatoes, coriander and sev) and dahi vada (lentil dumplings served with spiced yogurt) are quite nice and the portion size is good to share. The other thing tha I really like eating here are the dosas – crispy crepes made from fermented rice batter and served with coconut chutney and sambhar (lentil soup with vegetables). Dosas can be had plain or stuffed – with potatoes or cottage cheese.
Besides the chaat, they serve other popular street foods from Mumbai such as pav bhaji – toasted bread served with a spicy melange of mashed vegetables, and vada pav – potato dumplings sandwiched between two rolls of bread and topped with spicy sauces.
So the next time you want to try a different kind of Indian food, head to Mumbai Masala. They also have a branch in Parkmore now.
PS: if you are looking to catch the latest Bollywood movies, the Cine Centre at Killarney Mall screens most of the big commercial Hindi as well as Tamil and Telgu flicks.
Killarney Mall, 60 Riviera Road,Killarney.
130, 11th Street, Parkmore.