The Top 10 Places For Your Dussehra Staples This Year | MF Guide
Bright colours, loud music and an infectious energy, Mumbai comes alive with all of these during the nine-day long festival of Navratri. Be it power-packed dandiya nights or the beautifully lit up bomakollu in South Indian households, Navratri in the city is an elaborate affair.
For me, the highlight of this special festival is the delicious food prepared in homes and in restaurants. From sweets to light savoury bites, Navratri is about age-old traditions and happy times with friends and family. And just like these traditions, the tenth day – Dussehra – comes with its own little tradition. Come Dussehra morning, nearly every home in the city has plates and plates of deliciously crisp fafda, wafer thin papdi and mouth-watering jalebis on its tables.
As Navratri begins, we bring to you a roundup of the best places in the city to go to for your food fix this Dussehra. Read on, but don’t blame us for the sudden cravings!
1). Purshottam Kandoi Haribhai Damodar Mithaiwala, Multiple outlets
This popular shop has its presence in many different places across the city. The store is four generations strong and has made an impactful name for itself. From fresh farsan and namkeen to a variety of sweets, there’s a lot you can find here. With outlets in Chembur, Matunga, Ghatkopar and more, this spot is easily accessible, wherever you are. But for your traditional Dussehra breakfast, hurry over to your closest outlet early to avoid the crowds. Grab your fix of fafda, papdi and more and get ready to munch away.
Visit their outlets in Ghatkopar, Walkeshwar, Santacruz, Borivali and Matunga
2). Jaiswal Sweets, Matunga
A family-run establishment, Jaiswal is easily recognizable owing to the crowd you can always see here on every Dussehra morning. The tantalizing aroma of deep-fried treats will assail your nostrils even as you’re strolling past, making you want to stop and pick up a bagful. This Dussehra, visit this outlet in Matunga and make sure to ask for an extra serving of the fresh papaya chutney to go with your fafda. You won’t regret it.
Vachraj Lane, Matunga (C.R.), Brhmanwada, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400019
3). New India Sweet Mart, Lamington Road
This sweet mart has been around for 50 years and is thronged by dozens of people during Navratri. From soft and spongey khaman dhoklas to a variety of sweets like their bestselling kaju barfi and malai sandwich, this place serves mouthwatering treats for you to choose from. Owing to its popularity, you would do well to grab your stash of fafda, jalebi and papdi here earlier than you usually would, to skip the queues.
Ahmed Chambers, Dr. D.B. Marg, Lamington Rd, Shapur Baug, Grant Rd, Mumbai, Maharashtra
4). Hiralal Kashidas Bhajiawala, Bhuleshwar
Located in the busy area of CP Tank in Bhuleshwar, Girgaum is this spot that is over 80 years old. Times may have changed but the taste of their delicious farsan varieties and special Surti undhiyu sold during winter, hasn’t. Even when it’s not Dussehra morning, you will find people lining up at this stall to indulge in a hearty breakfast of fafda and jalebi. They are also well-known for their samosas, which usually get sold out by lunchtime.
2-4, Vithalbhai Patel Road, C.P Tank, Bhuleshwar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
5). Tip Top Farsan, Ghatkopar
Every foodie worth his salt will know all about Ghatkopar’s Tip Top Farsan. Filled to bursting with all the farsan varieties you could possibly imagine, this place is a hit with the masses. Think perfectly rolled khandvi, different types of khakra, gathiya and more. They are most famous for their delectable fafda and jalebi, both of which sell like hot cakes during the festive season.
Shop No:2, Vora Apartment, Vallabh Baug Ln, Near Achija Restaurant, Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400077
Swati Snacks, Multiple outlets
Who doesn’t know about this popular restaurant? One of Mumbai’s most popular Gujarati eateries, it’s rare to find this place empty, even on weekends. Every Dussehra, their fafda, jalebi and papdi get sold within the blink of an eye! Their delicious kadi, to be eaten with your fafda, is one of the tastiest in town. So, queue up here early on Dussehra morning to binge on your favourite Gujarati snacks.
Visit their outlet in Tardeo – Opp. Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo, Mumbai – 400007
Visit their outlet in Nariman Point – Dalamal Tower, Free Press Journal Marg
Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021
7). Morbiwala Sweet Mart, Multiple outlets in Mulund
For hot, fresh and crispy jalebis and freshly made papaya chutney that will melt in your mouth, Morbiwala Sweet Mart should be your go-to. Their fafda and papdi are both bestsellers and recommended by many. People even travel to Morbiwala outlets from far away on Dussehra just to savour their favourite delicacies prepared to perfection.
Visit one of their three outlets in Mulund West
– Shop 1/2, Vikram Kunj, Tambe Nagar, S N Road, Mulund West, Mumbai
– Shop 4, Bhakti Park, RHB Road and SL Road Junction, Mulund West, Mumbai
– Ambe Sagar Apartment, Vardhaman Nagar, R. P. Road, Mulund West, Mumbai
8). Murlidhar, Borivali
This shop, with its swish, well-lit interiors is a haven for food lovers. Murlidhar is reputed all over suburban Mumbai for its sweets and snacks and is particularly renowned for its rose shrikhand and Rajkot pedas. Needless to say, their Dussehra staples like papdi, jalebi and fafda are all prepared fresh and taste simply delicious. It’s a hit with the locals, so we’re sure you will love it too!
Near, Shop No. 1,2,3 Sai Janak Classic Bldg, Devidas Rd, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400103
9). Kamdar Sweets, Girgaon
What started off as a humble sweet stall offering classic Rajkot pendas has now snowballed into one of the city’s most popular stores selling sweets, farsan and more, of superior quality. The taste of their farsan here is touted to be as close to the authentic Surti flavours as it’s possible to get. Need we say more? Head over early on Dussehra day and return laden down with delicious fafda, jalebi and papdi, best enjoyed with their signature chunks of green chili.
Shop No. 6, Dharamshi Hall Building, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rd, Prathna Samaj, Bhatwadi, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
10). Pancharatna Jalebi House, Opera House
Snaking queues outside this popular spot in Mumbai are only to be expected, especially over the weekends. And on Dussehra mornings, the rush is massive! Make sure to grab yourself a decent spot in the line by showing up early and letting the aroma of their super famous hot jalebis and perfectly crisp papdi and fafda, lull you into a state of bliss.
Opposite Roxy, Tata Road No 1, Opera House, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
Confused? Don’t be! No matter which spot you pick from our curated list this year, the outcome is undoubtedly going to be scrumptious. So, go ahead and get busy. Happy eating, folks!