Street Food – Mumbai

A culinary journey to the heart of India’s bustling commercial hub.

Mumbai, the biggest metropolis in India, is also known as Bombay, or to some locals, the city of dreams.

More than 300 migrant families arrive here every day from all over India seeking their fortune.

The city’s overwhelming fusion of religions and cultures, of prosperity and poverty, is reflected in its wide array of street food.

At Victoria Terminus, the British-built central railway station that was renamed Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus by a Hindu nationalist party 12 years ago, commuters munch on vada pao, a traditional local snack.

While down at trendy Juhu beach vendors sell belpuri, an authentic Gujarati snack.

Al Jazeera visited Mumbai at the height of the biggest Hindu festival here, to mark the birth of Ganesh, the city’s favourite god.

We also sampled some Ramadan treats in the city’s main Muslim area, Mohammad Ali Road and visited the burgeoning slum of Dharavi.

Through Mumbai’s food it becomes apparent it is a diverse and a metropolis which thrives on enterprise amidst dichotomy.