|The gorgeous veranda of the Mangaldas Pol house|
|Julia, Jiten, Johannes, and Trina|
|Strange red haired old woman with 2 parrots|
|The narrow streets at night|
|The opening onto Manek Chowk|
This square in the busy heart of Ahmedabad is full of jewelery shops on the second floor. Once the jewelery shops close by 8pm, the food shops on the ground level open up. They set up their chairs and tables in the main square. Soon by 9:30- 10 pm the whole space is bustling with folks with their families enjoying some of the best street food ever. The variety ranges from Ragda Patties, Pani Puri, Pav Bahji, Pulao, Pizza, Dosa, Chinese. A food court of sorts but one that has existed for several decades. The space is alive till the wee hours of the morning especially during the Navratri (Nine Nights) catering to the crowd that comes hungry and tired after dancing.
There are also some fun stall such as a Soda Pop where they sell Whisky flavoured soda and a cold Cocoa stand at the New Janta that Jiten reminded me was institutional to Ahmedabad. But my heart was with the Pav Bhaji- my favourite snack ever. The Bhaji was spicy, tangy with potatoes and peas and loaded with butter. The Pav were not as fresh but the butter compensated for it all. It was amazing to watch the bhajji wala pound away at huge amounts of potatoes on the tawa. He was fast - I tried capturing his movements on my camera. But what Pav- Bhaji- My mouth is still watering. Too much- too much!
|The Food Court|
|Utterly Butterly dosas|
|Trying out the Cold Cocoa at New Janta|
|The reason its so thick is because of custard powder|
|Pineapple, mausambi, lychee, lemon, strawberry, mint, mocktail, kala-khatta, fruitbeer, kachi kairi, masala, orange and whiskey flavor.|
|You bet we tried the whiskey flavor. It was strange.|
|More Navratri Belles|
|Lucky Jiten with two lovely ladies on either side|
|Lucky me with two handsome men on either side!|