… as its being called lately, though i still prefer the good ole “Bombay”. Its a city of life, a melting pot of all the different religions and castes of India, a city of many foods and of course Bollywood. I didn’t get a chance to make anything and take pictures, but i did make it a point to get out n go to the market and take a few pictures to share with all of you, to show you how we do it …. ” Da Bombay e-style” šŸ˜›

The ” bhaji wala ” – vegetable guy .

Irresistibly fresh veggies. I always end up buying more than i need.

Basil and garlic chives sold in little plastic bags.

Was mesmerized by this beggars eyes, in the market.

More fresh veggies.

One bored apple vendor. When will this damn day get over šŸ˜›

These are called “Pani Puris”. Little fried hollow crispy ball kinda things filled with mashed potato , and some sweet chutney followed by some spicy and tangy water. All to be eaten in one bite and it just explodes in your mouth. Yum Yum. Usually when u buy 1 plate, u get served 6 to 8 puris and the vendor makes each one with his own hands and serves it to you. When u finish one u extend your cup forward for another one. Truly a Bombay favourite.

This old lady is using the most preferred hand scale, to weigh the cauliflower

This man is selling some spiced fresh peas. Stands there from morning to evening, trying to make a living out of that. Life aint easy !

1 eunuch and a friend by the post box.

Lovely fragrant garlic , different quality different prices.

Whole wheat for sale.

followed by all kinds of rice,

and whole corriander seeds and 3 kinds of dried chillis.

Hahaha this ones my fav. The typical Bombay traffic cop. Dark middle aged fellow with an enormous belly. And in the background the B.E.S.T. bus.

Transports thousands of Bombay-its all over the city everyday. Gotta love it šŸ™‚

Clay drinking filter water pots – ” Matka ”

This lady is selling “Pokh “, comes from the neighbouring city Surat in Gujarat. It is fresh jowar (sorgum) seeds, harvested early and baked in clay kilns till they fall off the pods and then collected and eaten with spicy sev. Delicious…. i grew up on this stuff.

Hehehe this man with his enormous mustache is selling all deep fried savoury goodies, which every Indian is addicted to .

The famous auto rickshaw. Very very popular and most preferred mode of public transport. When u catch one of these be prepared to hear blaring loud music and, and feel every bump in the road. U’ll be addicted i ‘m warning you.

By the mosque …

Some more deep fried artery clogging savoury snacks.

Fresh potatoes, onions and garlic

Sugarcane juice ! Take one cane pass it through this machine, then fold it over , squeeze a piece of ginger and a lime in between and pass it through the machine again and fold it over and keep goin on till u’ve squeesed the life out of the damn cane, collect the juice in a pail below chuck in some ice and ta da fresh fresh sugarcane juice !

Some aunties who prefer comming in at sunset to shop to catch better deal with the vegetable vendor. In this case for some fresh pea pods. I wish u could hear them bargaining away … haha

this was in Santacruz market in the inside where they sell kitchen utensils. Small n dingy place but u can find every damn thing in there for a gr8 price.

Bangles anyone ?

This hawker here has got on offer some peanuts , spiced peanuts , some kind of chickpeas and flatted and rolled out chickpeas. Will add some chopped onion n tomatoes with a nice tangy spice.

Late night shopping for footwear at Linking road , Bandra

And last but not the least , the “Ghoda Gadi ” literally translated to horse car.

Hope you all have wonderful and joyous holidays , Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year …. šŸ˜€

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noreply@blogger.com (Preya)

Wow, amazing photos! I would love to document the markets of Vietnam as beautifully as you do this one:)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Susan i’m so glad you liked them. I’m equally happy to share them.

blog …u bet i do šŸ™‚

Shella …i agree with on that one, at times like those i just feel like adopting some of those cute kids from the streets , but then the lights go green and the thought passes away .

Zen Chef , i love that pic too , its really something huh šŸ™‚ … if u get a chance u should definately travel to bombay. Put it on your to do list for 2008 !

Gattina … they had those in HK ??? i’ve somehow missed those. I’m in Hk now … maybe will check out the old kowloon city.. Wish you a wonderful year ahead .

Marianna thanks so much honey, wish you have a gr8 year as well , may u have a very successful and happy new year .

Sophie …thanks

Cleona , jamica should be beautiful as well. I’d love to visit ur town. Fortunately for us India has started suppoting itself , but the sad part is that the best produce is exported out. U’d see better indian mangoes in Uk than in the Indian market.Thanks for dropping by .

Linda … thanks , i am fortunate i get to travel so much.I am having a blast.Started the new year with a bang.

Preya …u should , i’d lve to see the Vietnamese markets. Infact i ‘d love to see the markets all over the world.

noreply@blogger.com (Annemarie)

I love your tour of the market – my favorite part about traveling is going to markets and food stores. Have never been to India but you make it feel wonderfully vibrant and real (and all that garlic! I can only imagine what those baskets would smell like being fried up…)

noreply@blogger.com (Dhanggit)

happy happy new year!! wishing you all the blessings for your family and more delicious culinary adventures for this year šŸ™‚

as always captivating photos!!!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Annemarie…i love visiting markets too…be it anywhere. …. haha ya can imagine all that garlic being fried up.

Dhanggit …thanks babe …wish you the very best in the new year as well.

noreply@blogger.com (SallyBR)

I don t normally leave comments, because I am just a lurker…. šŸ™‚

but I have to say these series of pictures are breathtakingly beautiful!

I cannot stop looking at the woman’s green eyes – she is so absolutely beautiful, in the middle of such poverty, what a striking contrast

Thank you so much for sharing your travel with your readers….
(and Happy 2008!)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

SallyBR … that is really kind of you to take the trouble to leave a comment. this picture does have a beautiful contrast. When she came begging to me, i couldn’t resist taking her picture.

Wish you a wonderful New Year.

noreply@blogger.com (Oh for the love of food!)

Have an EXCELLENT 2008, Kate!

noreply@blogger.com (Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy)

Beautiful photos – much better than I captured myself. Luckily the images are still vivid in my mind for now! I’ll be sure to visit this post again when I forget the colors and smells and sounds!

noreply@blogger.com (Rachel)

You have been tagged Kate

noreply@blogger.com (Michelle)

Bombay looks amazing. I would love to visit someday.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

oh for the love of food …. hope u have an wonderful and successful new year too. Cheers .

sara …. i’m happy to see these pictures have really shown a lot abt bombay to all my readers. feel to drop by anytime:)

Rachel …i’m gonna try n follow that up. Thanks

Michelle ….Bombay is Amazing !!! šŸ˜€

noreply@blogger.com (Wanda)

I have wanted to visit Mumbai for ages and your photos have just clinched it for me.

The food looks great and your comments bring everything to life.

Thanks so much for sharing this experience.


noreply@blogger.com (shannon)

Hi Kate,

My name is Shannon and I’m the editorial assistant at Foodbuzz.com. I am very impressed with the quality of your posts and to that end, Iā€™d like to invite you to be a part of our newly launched Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program. I would love to send you more details about the program, so if you are interested, please email me at Shannon@foodbuzz.com.


Shannon Eliot
Editorial Assistant, Foodbuzz.com

P.S. I absolutely love your photos, especially the one of the beggar at the market. Such haunting eyes. It actually reminds me of a modern-day twist to that classic ‘Afghan Girl’ National Geographic photo of 1984.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

Wanda, its a pleasure sharing them , if it wasn’t for all my wonderful readers i wouldn’t have gone out n taken all these pictures.

Shannon, i would love to know more about it.
And as for the NG, I’ve definitely missed that issue, i was just 4 yrs old then šŸ˜› , but yes i knew this picture would be a stunner as i looked through the viewfinder to click it.

noreply@blogger.com (mk99)

I miss your wonderful food posts. Don’t stay away too long.

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

Looks like you had a blast!! lovely pics..took me down memory lane:)

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

mk99 … awww that is soo sweet of you …. seems like u have sent it just at the right time. I’m just writing out my new post. Dont miss it !

Mansi …i really had a wonderful time back home. Glad u liked the pics.

noreply@blogger.com (mycookinghut)

Very nice pictures! You have captures all the essentials of Mumbai too!

noreply@blogger.com (maybellesmom)

love the picts and the site. I just posted a potato salad recipe inspired by the street food of Bombay (chaat.) keep up the good work.

noreply@blogger.com (Shubhangi)

Awesome pictures….really captured the Mumbai well !! There is vitality in Mumbai.

noreply@blogger.com (Shubhangi)

Awesome pictures….really captured the Mumbai well !! There is vitality in Mumbai.

noreply@blogger.com (TBC)

Love the pics…captured the essence of Bombay. (I refuse to call it Mumbai!)Brought back so many memories….

noreply@blogger.com (Kate / Kajal)

my cooking hut …yes i think i have šŸ™‚

maybellesmom , chat is really fantastic. a true mumbai food.

Shubhangi … i simply love the energy in this city. its contagious.

TBC … hell yeah …its Bombay !!!

I have really wanted to visit Mumbai for a long time and to be honest the photos that you have taken have really clinched it.

The food really looks amazing and your comments make everything come to life.


Nice post and nice site.. well worth the read thanx!

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