Beyond city lights, beyond the dazzle and much beyond the Vada Pao, AMCHI MUMBAI boasts of a lot more than the razzmatazz.
The fast city that doesn't sleep, needs to fill its tummy too.. and The pipeline of that goes majorly through the inimitable KHAU GALLIS OF THE CAPITAL CITY.
Khau Galli- What it means?
Well, in Marathi, Khau means Treat, a Food Treat and Galli means lane, or street.
So Khau Galli means Treat Street, or Food Lane, or Foodie Lane,its a haven for food lovers.
They say- "Lovers go to the Lovers Lane but Foodies go to the Foodie Lane aka Khau Galli"! So true right?
Every city, town, neighborhood, locality, and person, has a favourite Khau Galli. Mumbai has four major ones that make it to the hit list.
Let's take you through a gastronomical joyride as we explore the most popular KHAU gallis of the city of Mumbai.
A word of caution for the over conscious hygiene lovers- "Enter at your own risk!", for Khau Gallis are meant for the Trencherman with a cast iron stomach!
THE SNDT TO CROSS MAIDAN LANE
This street is thronged by college kids and office goers who flock in large numbers to relish the delectable butter pao bhaji, chaats and milkshakes that are popular here. There's also some yummy non vegetarian fare at the end of the street for those who love their meat.
GHATKOPAR KHAU GALLI
In any good Khau Galli, the variety of street food is awesome - you name it and it will be there – all types of cuisine, snacks and fast food.This lane is precisely a gastronomical paradise. Waiting for the mouth watering REMIX DOSAS, TIKKAS, MASALA COLD DRINKS AND THE VERY DELUXE GOLA is very well worth it. The sights and sounds of this street allure to your senses..especially those which are connected to hunger like doldrums ringing in one's ears!
This one is exquisite and special not just for the food, but also for its amazing location. Located right next to the sea, this Khau Galli has a huge variety of street food delights raging from MISAL PAV to Kathi Rolls. Gorge on the relish able ice creams and kulfis there after and stroll around the promenade when you are fully stuffed and satiated!
MOHAMMAD ALI ROAD DURING RAMZAN
In Mumbai, during Ramzan, every evening, the entire lane near Minara Masjid off Mohammed Ali Road, transforms itself into a spectacular Khau Galli with mouthwatering aromas wafting through the air and exotic foods, ranging from lip smacking kababs, meats and chicken, nourishing malpuas, refreshing phirnis and cool soothing faloodas its a magnificent gastronomic experience.
Mumbaikers love to gorge on their street food. From gobbling down kheema ghotala to savouring hot fafda jalebi to enjoying the usual bun maska with chai - they are addicted to every cuisine available in the nooks and corners of the bustling city. The next time you visit the MAXIMUM CITY, skip the hotel food and relish the ultimate street food here for an experience that will leave an everlasting impression, forever!