After living in Bombay for over 3 years, I finally tried one of its most popular restaurants Swati Snacks earlier this week. For those of you not aware of it, Swati serves traditional recipes from Indian homes with mouthwatering flavors of street foods (taken from its site). Although the place is far from fancy, its food seems to more than make up for that.
I have never had much of a taste for Indian food and still don’t. However considering I seem to be the only person in Bombay who doesn’t crave Swati or yearn to eat there, I figured I should at least try it. Taste buds evolve, right? After constant nudging from some friends who are Swati ‘connoisseurs’, I gave it a shot. I agreed to try everything so long as there wasn’t any ‘kothmir’ (=coriander) involved. Although the pictures aren’t the greatest, here’s a glimpse of some of the dishes we ordered
- Idlis (savory cakes made from fermented black lentils & rice) with sambar (broth/stew made from dal & mixed vegetables) & Coconut Chutney
- Panki (savory rice pancakes steamed in a banana leaf)
- Moong Dal Chilla (split green gram pancakes) with Green Chutney
- Sada Dosa (fermented crepe made fom rice batter & black lentils)
I wouldn’t say I loved the food BUT I did like it enough to go back. On a separate note, I couldn’t help but laugh while browsing the menu. Several of the dishes served are naturally “vegan“, “wheat-free” and “gluten-free”, and I’m pretty sure those buzzwords would have been plastered all over the menu if we were in the West. Although Swati is already always packed, perhaps they need a menu revamp to attract a different niche market. Anyone know how to get in touch with their marketing department ;)?
What’s your favorite Indian dish? Tandoori anything or chaana masala
What’s your favorite cuisine? It’s a toss-up between Japanese & Italian