Mumbai is often called the City of Dreams, a city which never stops and keeps shuttling between places. So, what will it take to fulfil one such dream of a foodie?
No more than a Khau galli, of course! ‘Khau’ means ‘treat’, usually a food treat, in Marathi, and ‘Galli’ means ‘lane’, so, the khau gallis, literally mean ‘food lanes’.
One of Mumbai’s famous food street, Md. Ali Road gets crowded and noisy during Ramadan. It is strictly a no-no for vegetarians as chunks of meat are the most seen delight there. One simply cannot resist the temptation to pay a visit at this place and thus I had gone for a food walk to get my fix of iftar food.
The moment you enter Mohammed Ali Road, the aromas wafting from the kebab stalls will pull you. The sights are not to be missed, either, everywhere you look, there’s meat being marinated and pierced into the tandoor sticks, clay pots of firnis that are laid out on display, their tops garnished.
What is humbling is that here there is no rich and poor, celebrity and the common man. Whoever comes to these roadside makeshift eateries is equal.
A list of eateries include:
~ Chicken Tikka
~ Tandoori Chicken
~ Khiri, Kaleji
~ Pahadi Chicken Kebab
~ Quail Tandoori
~ Baida Roti
~ Kala Jamun, Mawa Jalebis
~ Malai Khaja
Some khau gallis in Mumbai are more famous than the rest, but each one has its own delicious quirk. Let me know if you want to know about the other Khau Gallis as well in the comment section below.