A Taste of Mumbai

The Indian city of Mumbai is not only a bustling trade port, but also a center for food lovers. As home to immigrants from across India, and around the world, Mumbai has many food vendors that represent this mixture of influences.

The streets are crowded with food stalls and hungry feasters, and I can’t wait to try all that this city has to offer. I can smell the aroma of cumin, turmeric, chile, and ginger, and I am suddenly aware of my rumbling belly!

As I look at the bite-sized morsels and bowls of fragrant stew, I notice bicycle riders pass by with tall stacks of metal tins strapped to their bikes. These, I learn, are the “dabbawala,” or “ tiffin-wala” – basically, a food delivery service, bringing homemade lunches across the city. It’s amazing to think that nearly 5,000 dabbawala workers will deliver meals to about 200,000 people, every single day. And, even more amazing, these workers continue to deliver in both rain or shine.

With so many different food choices before me, I know I am only going to be able to sample a few of these goodies today, but I’d better get to work!

Jenny