STREET FOOD

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.

Citadel - - CONTENTS - BY AAKANKSHA CHOPDE aakanksha.citadel@gmail.com

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 denitely be spoilt for choice!

CAMP

In the city’s can­ton­ment, you’ll find tons of eater­ies. Shop all you want at Ni­cole’s Mall, opposite the Com­mis­sioner’s ofce 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 ofce, 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!

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