Food & Health: Galli ka khana ya Health ka Bhahana

Khan Galli the Rockstar of Street Food

The current generation kids usually prefer eating in food courts of malls or a restaurant but the previous generations all loved the “Khau Galli”. It has a greater value for money than the over priced ubiquitous mall’s food courts where a mere INR 10 bisleri bottle would be sold for INR 40.

Khau Galli’s are the most well known places of Maharashtra. Every district has one.

Khau Galli in Marathi means Streetfood or a FoodLane.

One such lane is the one located in Churchgate behind the famous Azaad Maidan on the road connecting SNDT university and the fashion street.

There would be a variety of food available all at reasonable and affordable prices.

There is vada pav, pav bhaji, missal, juices, milk shakes, chicken curry and much more.

But here’s a warning, it isn’t for the snoobish hygienic freaks.

“Young children after playing at the azaad maidan come and fill their small little bellies from the khau galli” tells us a local pav bhaji vendor.

So dear reader if you want a value-for-money-lipsmacking food, then do try out the khau gallis around in your region, the Mumbai fort one? Even better. Nothing brings people together like delicious street food.
Variety’s the very spice khau gali that gives it all its flavour.

 

 
Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai

Mohammed Ali Road is the destination in Mumbai for kebabs. Take your pick between the plethora of kebabs on offer and stuff your faces; we particularly love the seekh kebabs and the tangdi kebabs.
Mohammed Ali Road is the destination in Mumbai for kebabs. Take your pick between the plethora of kebabs on offer and stuff your faces; we particularly love the seekh kebabs and the tangdi kebabs.
Each street stall cooks a different batch of unique biryani, using recipes that have been passed down for years. Try sampling a few biryanis at different stalls and you’ll taste the difference!
Each street stall cooks a different batch of unique biryani, using recipes that have been passed down for years. Try sampling a few biryanis at different stalls and you’ll taste the difference!
Nalli Nihari is a delicious dish of slow cooked mutton or lamb that is marinated in a variety of spices and served in a rich curry.
Nalli Nihari is a delicious dish of slow cooked mutton or lamb that is marinated in a variety of spices and served in a rich curry.
If you’re not squeamish, get yourself plate of brain fry; it’s generally deep fried in a mouth-watering mix of spices and served with naan or roti. The texture is unusual but strangely gratifying.
If you’re not squeamish, get yourself plate of brain fry; it’s generally deep fried in a mouth-watering mix of spices and served with naan or roti. The texture is unusual but strangely gratifying.
Tiny, whole quails are marinated and then cooked until crispy on a tandoor, which gives them a wonderfully smoky flavour.
Tiny, whole quails are marinated and then cooked until crispy on a tandoor, which gives them a wonderfully smoky flavour.
No one does authentic shwaramas in Mumbai quite like the street sellers at Mohammed Ali Road. Watch as your server scrapes slices of the slow cooked chicken and assembles the fries, sauces and the tender chicken into a roll. Watching it is almost as beautiful an experience as eating it.
No one does authentic shwaramas in Mumbai quite like the street sellers at Mohammed Ali Road. Watch as your server scrapes slices of the slow cooked chicken and assembles the fries, sauces and the tender chicken into a roll. Watching it is almost as beautiful an experience as eating it.
You’ve probably had jalebis, but have you ever tried mawa jalebis? These jalebis are made using mawa, arrowroot and milk, which give them a distinct, sweet flavour. Mawa jalebis can be had at the immensely popular Burhanpur Mawa Jalebi store.
You’ve probably had jalebis, but have you ever tried mawa jalebis? These jalebis are made using mawa, arrowroot and milk, which give them a distinct, sweet flavour. Mawa jalebis can be had at the immensely popular Burhanpur Mawa Jalebi store.
The deeply indulgent phirni is made using ground rice, milk, cream, sugar and saffron. Most stalls at Mohammad Ali Road serve phirni in a clay pot, which adds to the already authentic taste.
The deeply indulgent phirni is made using ground rice, milk, cream, sugar and saffron. Most stalls at Mohammad Ali Road serve phirni in a clay pot, which adds to the already authentic taste.
Especially popular during Ramadan, malpuas are a rich, pancake like sweet that is deep fried and then dipped into sugar syrup.
Especially popular during Ramadan, malpuas are a rich, pancake like sweet that is deep fried and then dipped into sugar syrup.
one bite will make you fall in love
one bite will make you fall in love
the streets are lined with shops decorated with tandoori chicken handing on the strings.
the streets are lined with shops decorated with tandoori chicken handing on the strings.
sweets are the best. you just can't count calories when you are here.
sweets are the best. you just can’t count calories when you are here.
you will be greeted with the smell of sizzling meat on the tawas.
you will be greeted with the smell of sizzling meat on the tawas.

Shwarama

you have to try these sumptuous cutlets that melt in your mouth
you have to try these sumptuous cutlets that melt in your mouth

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Mom ke haath ka healthy tadka:

You know it when you have a delicious meal on your dinner table that your mom is happy today. Indian moms are known to bless their kids with abundant ghee and butter in the food. We met one such mom who is not guilty of counting spoons of sugar and drops of oil instead of counting calories. She tells us how she manages to cook food that is finger smacking good yet doesn’t increase your belly size. Her family stays fit without having to sacrifice their savouring food. She has made simple changes and combinations in her way of preparing the food.

 

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