Spice Market at Lalbaug - a photo-walk
|Lalbaug Market, as seen from the flyover|
(click on photo for super-duper large view!)
|Gunny-sacks of coriander, still greenish, being cleaned and dried|
|Kashmiri Mirchi, the non-spicy variety, great for adding red colour to dishes|
|An extra-spicy variety - packs quite a wallop!|
|Edible Copra. India is the world's third largest grower of coconuts, after Indonesia and the Philippines|
|Spices for sale on the main road, near the Lalbaug flyover. |
Above the spices are a set of cans containing lonche (pickles) for sale.
The people who shop in this area are typically Marathi-speaking communities (erstwhile mill-worker families). Although most of the mills are no more, the area continues to remain home to the workers, who have now moved to other occupations. There are also Gujarati-speaking women, but fewer in number.
|Maharashtrian women buying chilllies and copra|
|Gujarati lady entering utensil shop|
|Woman waiting for her turn at the masala shop.|
|The shop offers Malvani Masala, Sunday Masala, Mix Masala, |
Garam Masala, Goda Masala, Banarsi Masala,
and Ghati Masala. They also sell pickles.
|Chiwda Galli, Lalbaug|
|Sai Krupa Sherbet and Cold Drink offers wholesale cans of sherbet in several flavours: orange, lemon, pineapple, kala-khatta, mango, raw mango, rose, kokum, ginger-lemon, gooseberry, pista, butter-scotch, kesar, elaichi, and strawberry|
|New Hanuman Theatre Mangal Karyalay and Dargah of Chand Shah Vali. The tall building behind is Hilla Towers, built in the compound of a Parsi fire temple.|
|Where there are spices, can the pickle jars be far behind?|