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Mumbai- The Land of Polygamy

Mumbai :- Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India 

Polygamy as defined by the dictionary:- the habit or system of mating with more than one individual, either simultaneously or successively.
Loosely we say dating/marrying more than one male/female at a time.
In today’s times with changing Morales and values is it a wonder that there is so much said and done about the polygamy. But is polygamy because of just current changing ethos and pathos? Or is it stemming from time ancient?
Well it’s from time ancient, because polygamy is prevalent in the history of our times. It breaks my heart to think of how FOOD has been polygamous all these times.
The first Mumbai favorite- the Pav/Pao- {Defined as:- a leavened bread, essentially sweet as pao, but adapted to pav over times- a non sweet version.}

The PAV I discovered is the most polygamous of all mumbaikars. It has a list of affairs, all so popular, that the world talks about their love so much. And it’s amazing how their love story has become like that of Hindu God- Krishna, with so many wives, each happy in her space, and equally revered.
The Pav Dates:-
– Pav With Bhaji-
This is such a grand love story. It is everywhere. From Juhu Beach, to Tardeo, from India to the world, this story has crossed so many seas, its a dish which goes on from gourmet, to street. This love has been reinvented so many times.
Bhaji is a specialty dish from the by-lanes of Mumbai made by mashed steamed mixed vegetables (mainly potatoes, peas, tomatoes, onions and green pepper) cooked in spices and loads of butter and served with buttered Pav.
Pav With Vada 
This is the other love story which is quintessentially Mumbaikar- There is love in every bite, but oh the tears flow easily here, because this is too hot and spicy an affair to handle easily.
Vada- It’s the indigenous Burger. Vadas are deep fried potato fritters- dipped in besan and pavs are bread. Vada Pav is served with two kind of chutney, dry red chutney and fried chilies. The red dry chutney is the hardest to replicate.
Pav with Misal– 
Misal, she is a lot like Radha, the most popular and the most devoted to him, she doesn’t date anyone else.
Misal is a rustic dish is made from a mix of curried sprouted lentils, topped with batata (potato) bhaji, poha (rice flakes), chivda, farsan, raw chopped onions and tomato.
-Keema Pav – 
This is a love story of a certain sect or clan, not very famous, but very popular. For those who know it, revere it. This is quirky, this is different. This is almost a story with a tease.
Keema- is basically mince meat, cooked with spices and in different ways, mostly invented by the Parsis of Mumbai.
The other but less impressive and less popular affairs of the pav are- samosa pav- samosa inside a pav, and bhajiya pav– fried onion pakoda in a pav.
The next most polygamous food item is Mister Puri. He has a fan following that can put even George Clooney and Johnny Depp, along with the Mannat star- ShahRukh Khan to shame.
Puri/Poori is also a face changer, he wears a mask. He changes his identities with his girls at times. Will explain with each of his love affair.
Essentially a puri is- flattened bread. But in Mumbai- this guys puffs up and shows his swag becoming crispy- in pani puri. Doesn’t swell up, but goes through a hot oil massage ready for his date with bhel and sev. Retains his essential look only when he brings his wives from across the border- Aamras and Shrikhand.
-Bhel with puri-
This is the dish for the beach bums, this is the essential laidback romance, with a lot of sweetness, tamarind tartness, spice from the chilli looks, and a healthy dressing of noodle strap dresses- sev, but a total health freak he stocks his proteins in Rice and that to with elan, so you see the rice here is always puffed up. He has his health conscious friends like- tomato, onion, potato to keep him company on the beach.
-Sev With Puri- 
sev puri is a spicy, sweet, tangy chaat with so many different textures. It’s essentially a flat oil massaged puri, with toppings of mashed potatoes, onion or tomato, with the tang of tamarind and it’s sweetness enhancing upbringing, along with spice from the green eyed monster. The difference between it and bhel is that this girl here is refines, she knows how to present herself, and she is not healthy, just addictive.
-Pani With Puri- 
This affair is a cheat affair, they date across the country, but with a different name in each place. I think it’s probably because pani is the most honest and pure girl in the world. She’s the one everyone needs and wants. She’s high up on the pedestal and can’t really date anywhere else this openly, apart from this polygamous state.
For the ones in hibernation Pani Puri= Puchka= Gol gappe= Crisp semolina puris filled with sprouts and chilled mint flavoured water make a great snack for a hot summer afternoon. … Fill with a little sprouts or boondi, then top a little khajur imli ki chutney, dunked in HOT, SOUR, TANGY, SPICY paani.
Then there is aamras poori, shrikhand poori, poori alone. Too much happening here.

Hence the blame shouldn’t fall on the current generation for being polygamous. There is a strange reflection of our past in their morales of today 😀

While I go and worship this love story, err stories, and find out more on such affairs, stay hungry, stay gluttony 🙂
Deepshikha Saraf
<p>In a nutshell I am either wildly naive or dangerously intelligent. My pen does my talking, my tongue does the listening. Food is my religion, travel is my bible, I stay in touch with my feminine side, while being a tough nut.</p>

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