Tempting, appetizing and downright delicious, are the perfect adjectives to describe the food scene at the khau gallis of Pune. Citadel strolls through these bustling lanes that serve exquisite dishes, which are irresistible to our palates.
Take a stroll through the city’s many KHAU GALLIS and whet your appetite
DP ROAD, SADASHIV PETH
One of the oldest khau gallis of the city, DP Road’s khau galli is famous for many reasons. From lip-smacking cold coffee to the best pizzas and a lot more, youngsters ock here for a quick snack after a long tiring day at college. Start with a plate of savoury chaat at Pandurang Bhel. Being a very old shop in the lane, they have a trademark taste that is distinct from the normal taste of SPDP, bhel, dahi-wadas and other bucketful of chaat items. Try their ragda patice if you want a full tummy meal with all the tangy avours lingering in your mouth. The next mentionable place to hangout with your gang here is the Crazy Cheezy. Comparatively a recent spot, this place promises you the best pizzas in town. So the next time you want to give a treat to your friends, ditch the regular outlets or home deliveries and give this one a try. Even their logo, with a graphic cheese dish, makes it impossible not to step inside. They have really given a thought to their interiors, with fancy tables and chairs, in the shape of nothing else but people! Yes, you read that right. But you’ll probably have to wait for some time, for this place is always crowded with college-goers. Wash all this down with a glass of cold coffee or a cold chocolate at Rohit. This humble shop, offering types of drinks like buttermilk, lassi or rose-milk and various shakes, is where you can’t go just once! Established in 1997, this place does not pinch your pocket much and has served two generations. One single glass of any of these beverages will ll up your stomach. Apart from all this, you’ll nd some other shops of samosas and pizzas here, each with its unique way of preparation and serving. DP Road, no doubt, is any foodie’s dream come true!
Z BRIDGE, DECCAN
What’s better than a khau galli? Two khau gallis! Visit Z Bridge and you’ll see a host of stalls, bubbling with customers at any time of the day. There are two khau gallis, one at the junction of Z Bridge and JM Road, and the other, below Z Bridge. Speaking about the first one, the aromas here hypnotise you to order a lot more than you can eat. The soft, uffy sponge dosas, cut dosas, and the good old masala dosas served with a dollop of butter and authentic South Indian chutney and sambhar is nger-licking good. Next in the line are the dabeli and shev pav centres, which serve the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Those burger breads, roasted crisp on butter, with pudina chutney and mithi chutney will surely satiate your taste buds. Add to it the heap of cheese the vendors garnish this with! Nothing’s better! If you are a fan of fresh juices, Z Bridge offers a range of juices and shakes. This i ncludes not only t he regular fruit juices like pineapple or orange, but also healthy vegetable juices like beetroot and carrot. Also, there are the calorie-laden milk shakes, thick, creamy and full of avour. And how can we forget chaat and sandwiches, the all time favourites? They attract a lot of foodies and are a perfect conclusion to a tiring day. We loved the colourful ice- golas, which make you nostalgic, with all the colour and avours like Kaala-Khatta, Rose, Orange, Butterscotch, and many more. For the second khau galli, get down the bridge. You’ll again come across many stalls, prominent of which is the Shri Sadguru Krupa. A pure vegetarian eatery, it serves the best butter-loaded pav bhaji. Loyal customers swear by this place. You’ll also nd yourself indulging in the biryani here, smoked and spicy. We liked the sizzlers too. Amongst all this, what stood its own ground was the humble zunka bhakar, the staple diet. You won’t nd any other khau galli offering this! All in all, this lane will provide you with a spectrum of options and you’ll denitely be spoilt for choice!
In the city’s cantonment, you’ll find tons of eateries. Shop all you want at Nicole’s Mall, opposite the Commissioner’s ofce and then head towards this khau galli to treat your taste buds. You’ll nd a huge variety of chaat and other savouries here. Plus, these are not exactly stalls but kind of mini restaurants. Though these will cost you a little more, be assured of the taste and cleanliness at these places! If you don’t mind keeping hygiene at bay for some indulgence, then head towards eateries opposite Clover Centre, to savour hot peeping plates of bread cutlet, batata vada and kanda bhaji. From spicy pani puris to hand- tossed pizzas and a lot more, this lane has everything to offer. It is here that you’ll nd exotic pasta being served on a roadside handcart. The pasta with white sauce is one to lookout for. Also, apart from everyday juices, we liked the mango shakes here. The whole lane has a string of food stalls, which satisfy your food cravings with a carnival of avours! From here, you can visit the hot favourite shop, Marzorin. On your way, get a packet of Shrewsbury biscuits and Mawa cake at none other than the Kayani Bakery. The softy at Marzorin is the creamiest one in town! The lane at the right side of Marzorin is the main khau galli here. Apart from the regular items, give a try to the dhoklas here - soft, spongy, and authentic in taste. They also serve khamni, or the crushed dhokla, with a big helping of pomegranate seeds. If you’re still hungry, try the dabelis here, which the vendors do not roast, and surprisingly, tastes unique and better than the roasted ones. Camp is one place where you’ll nd the tastiest non-vegetarian street food in the city. Dorabjee’s biryani and chicken is something to try more than once. And even though this is not exactly a khau galli, but Quality restaurant’s non-vegetarian dishes will surely nd an honorary place. Not to forget, the chief jewel in the crown, Garden’s vada pav.
GOEL GANGA, SINHAGAD ROAD
This is the biggest and best khau galli of the city, indeed! This lane, which sprawls till the BSNL ofce, has a lot of dedicated patrons. And why not, when you get everything from Punjabi samosas to South Indian cut dosas, idlis and everything in between, crowds are but expected. This khau galli comes to life at around 6 in the evening, and is also there for you when your midnight hunger pangs hit. Frequented almost daily by the locals, visiting this khau galli is like visiting your grandma’s place. Tasty treats till you can’t eat anymore! We saw the maximum variety of dosas here, not three or four, but seven! There are tender coconut water vendors here, not seen in other gallis. Also, mawa ice-cream, available in avours like almond, cashew, pista, kesar and others, is a must try. We also liked the fruit dish. Then you’ll come across a big pot, boiling with milk, while the vendor serves fatty, creamy and luscious basundi, laden with dryfruits and some golden jalebis to go with it. Strict warning, you just can’t stop at one serving! At the pav bhaji stall, while you wait for your order, the vendor, with utmost craftsmanship, will toss a dollop of butter on the tawa, and then the vegetables and the masala, thus increasing your hunger by bounds. It’s bliss to watch! Though high on calories, the parathas here deserve your full attention! The cheese parathas, vegetable parathas and the paneer one is beyond delicious. Downright huge, you’ll need to be a giant to nish one yourself! We liked the tawa pulav here. Apart from that, uttappas are really good too. Loaded with vegetables, they are kind of healthy too, unlike other fast foods. Next in line comes the bhurji pav. You have to try it just once to fall in love with the taste. Admire the old favourite biryani again as the spices give a burst of avours in your mouth!
In totality, the khau gallis of Pune are nothing less than heaven for all the food-lovers out there!