Street food defines Mumbai, which is proud of offering the world numerous varieties of snacks. Reminiscent of the culture, rich heritage and history of the city, people celebrate every aspect of their life with food, and constantly attract others for the same. Work, weather and city life also impact the way people consume food, while newcomers to the city quickly adapt to the food culture. Despite the famous eateries Mumbai has, people still prefer fresh and packaged food for cooking at home.
Snacks are consumed as replacements for meals as Mumbaikars have most of their meals while commuting to or from offices. There are plenty of snack varieties to choose from, and they are mostly inexpensive, thus appealing to the population in Mumbai who are in need of a quick meal solution. Packaged forms of famous street snacks such as vada pav, spring rolls and samosas offer convenience and enable consumption on the go.
Mumbai is known for large processions, celebrations and social gatherings during festivals, with food consumption rising during festive seasons. Whether as gifts,distribution to the crowd or providing to the poor, Mumbai’s packaged food sales grow as a part of cultural celebrations. In addition, food festivals are big events that are organised in the city, during which people get the opportunity to experience new products.
A moderately hot and humid climate all year, and prolonged monsoon seasons,support many food preferences in the city. Traditional dairy products such as chaach, lassi, yoghurt and similar are consumed on hot days, while Western products such as ice cream, flavoured milk, tender coconut water and soft drinks are also quite popular, while during monsoon spicy chats are consumed.
Mumbai has a large settlement of migrants from neighbouring states including Gujarat and Rajasthan, and thus certain parts of the city have large Marwari and Jain populations, who are strict vegetarians. Similarly, vast settlements of Marathi,Parsi, Zorastrian, and other meat-eating populations are present across the city,which see high demand for meat dishes.
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