Are you nostalgic yet? Does this picture remind you of anything? Does it give you the 'feels'?
Amreen and Seema of Bombay Street Food paid homage to their heritage roots by imitating the old Irani cafes of Bombay in their decor for their restaurant on Bay street, here in Toronto. You have heard us rave about Bombay Street Food before and I admit we aren't going to stop anytime soon.
I have also mentioned (at both our recent cooking demonstrations) that I have long been hoping to break into the Indian cuisine world and my dream is that one day Amanda and I can actually share some naan and curry! Yes my dreams often revolve around dining and eating pretty often, it's quite normal. I’m still dreaming of the “OG Duck Chaufa” I had at Baro a few months ago so don’t be surprised about me dreaming of eating chaat either.
All of the blends used at Bombay Street Food are made in house, including gunpowder masala which is a combination of 18 spices & legumes! You'd have to walk into their restaurant and try it because they definitely punch a kick.
They are very cautious of using nuts in their kitchen and are aware of what happens inside their kitchen because they run Bombay Street Food like a home style kitchen. This recipe was made with slightly browned onions, potatoes, coriander, peas and mustard seeds. The masalas are turmeric and chilli powder in this situation.
Anyway coming back, one of the other dishes Amanda got to learn about was the Indian version of the ‘Sabzi’. I say Indian version because other cuisines have also been known to have a sabzi dish made essentially the same way : a stew of mixed vegetables. Amanda has eaten a Persian version of this dish before (thanks to her boyfriend) and of course from the review we did of Sabrina Ghayour’s cookbook. This sabzi recipe is a vegetable curry with a potato base. Unfortunately most 'sabzi' recipes include legumes (likes peas) or masalas that often contain legumes so she hasn't been able to eat an Indian sabzi meal yet.
However because an allergy to legumes is pretty rare, we decided we'd still share the recipe with you as it's not a top 8 allergen and a lot of you guys can still easily make this at home or come by Bombay Street Food and try it out! In fact we recently shared this restaurant by teaching you about chaat, right here.
If you order Bombay Street Food on Ritual or Uber East, you can add in your allergies in the notes section and they will do their best to accommodate you. They have a member of their staff with a severe allergy and totally understand how to accommodate allergies because of this.
So go on, give it a try! The food is delicious and homemade and the decor is incredibly Instagram friendly and they also host a series of events in their space - from morning yoga, to high-chai to a fascinating and empowering bookclub!