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Lalbaug's 'Hot and Spicy' Galli

Photographs By: Trupti Arekar
Lalbaug's 'Hot and Spicy' Galli
As you enter the narrow lane of Masala Galli at Lalbaug in South Mumbai, hundreds of sacks filled with variety of red chillies can be seen on display at the 50-odd wholesale shops. The shops here are known for their best quality of red chillies, chilli powder and other spices required to create a range of masalas. Masala being a major ingredient in a whole variety of Indian food, customers from across the city as well as from all over Maharashtra frequent this lane during summer. The red chillies are brought from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in bulk and over 1,000 kg of flaming red chilli powder is sold by the shopkeepers every year. They are famous for making customised masala for their customers. To make the masala, these chillies have to be dried in the sun for more than a day. This is the reason why during the monsoon season, there are less number of orders. Apart from wholesale masala shops in this Galli, there are the masala grinder shops which process the red chillies into powder in the adjacent lane near Kalachowki.
The Afternoon D&C Photographer Trupti Arekar does a photo-walk of this spice market which as usual is buzzing with activity this season.
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