Love street food? 10 Best Khau Gallis in India for Foodies

Meeting of all kitchens, food streets or French khaw in different cities provide an intensive course on traditional local food and delicacies. While some of them have an interesting history, others simply emerge over time.

Here is a list of the best gastronomic destinations in the country:

1. Tindi Bidi, Bengaluru

This star place located in VV Puram is a food lover’s paradise. It comes alive and becomes lively after sunset, when the big shops open and the trolleys arrive at their respective places. The crowd continues until midnight enjoying their favorite items.

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But only a few know that about 55 years ago, Thindi Beedi started emerging as a food street.

It started with two or three shops and now has more than 30 stalls, excluding the carts. Today, you can find everything from authentic here podi dosa to strange chocolate pani puri.

Get off at the National College subway station and take a 10-minute walk to the street, perfect for whetting your appetite. Start with freshly baked sweet bread from VB Bakery, enjoy Chinese delicacies or perhaps South Indian dose with a delicious twist from a live counter and top off the party with nitrogen ice cream or mother kulfi from a cart.

2. Carter Road Khau Galli, Mumbai

Packed with multiple food joints from shawarma to dosas, desserts and much more, it is one of the popular foodie destinations in Mumbai. The cool breeze from the sea and the aromas wafting from the shops are more than enticing for its visitors.

How about a spicy vada pav?

This sought-after destination is known for an assortment of fries and chess desserts too. While you’re here, give it a try The steam and lassi from Lassi Te Parrontthe and whole meat shawarma from Carter’s Blue.

3. Piplod Night Bazaar, Surat

This evening food street in Surat, Gujarat is teeming with a variety of restaurants and is a common spot for bikers. Fill your tummies with delicious pastries, burgers, parathas, pancakes and more from around 50 restaurants in the area.

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Triple Rice from The Tadka Corner.

While one side of Piplod is covered with expensive malls and multiplexes, the night bazaar welcomes you with ample food options for a lower budget.

If you’re an adventurous foodie, try the SMC Night Bazaar Food Court serving ‘The Godfather’ pizza or Mann-Harr offering specials pav bhaji and Singh Saab Di Rasoi’s lassi, which are among the top picks.

4. Sowcarpet, Chennai

Sowcarpet is one of the oldest and lively areas in Chennai, mostly known for food and shopping.

Marwari traders from Rajasthan were the first to arrive on the business front. Today it is a mix of locals and migrants from all parts of the country.

Sowcarpet serves everything from authentic kachori for perfect sandwiches. It seems that there is no missing kitchen on this street. Do not miss muruku coin-sized sandwich at S Chinnappa Sandwich Centre idlis and crispy onions uthapams from Seena Bhai Tiffin Center. The mint lutenica served by the former is exceptional and an absolute favorite of spice lovers.

5. Sarafa Bazar, Indore

Sarafa Bazar’s bustling night market is a well-designed seven-course meal of mouth-watering vegetarian fare. A haven for North Indian and South Indian food, once you visit Sarafa, you realize that vegetarian food has never tasted better.

For the uninitiated, you have to walk to the end of the bazaar serving poha jalebi, sabudana khichdi, bhutte ki kees, egg benjo and do i want and work your way forward to the sweeter matka santra and a wide variety of pan flavors.

By day, this jewelery street located behind the Rajwada Palace closes shops to make way for food stalls by 8pm daily.

What started 100 years ago, the idea of ​​a food street was initiated by the jewelry owners themselves, so that the noise and crowd would preserve their values.

6. DLG Night Food Street, Hyderabad

The food map of Hyderabad has been influenced by several dynasties like Qutb Shahis, Mughals and Nizams. It is not surprising then that its food reflects several cultural identities of different communities across the country. This is why the city has been chosen as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2021.

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Sheikh kebabs are ready.

On the street for night food DLG you will find shish kebab, kima hata, tandoori chicken, pie, rumali roti, varki paratha, firni and more. Open until 5am, it’s also a popular spot for techies and Hitech City residents. Enjoy authentic Hyderabadi Biryani and BBQ Chicken – a crowd favorite at this market.

7. Chandni Chowk, Delhi

The one stop destination in Dilli absent for clothes, jewellery, antiques, spices and food – Chandni Chowk. The street is crowded with hundreds of small shops and stalls selling various things.

Designed by Princess Jahanara Begum, daughter of Shah Jahan in 1650, Chandni Chowk has around 1,560 shops. This shopping destination located in the heart of Delhi offers delicious dishes and street food from all over the country.

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Desi burgers from Chandni Chowk.

As you walk through the narrow streets of the street lined with eateries on both sides, you can smell multiple flavors at once. Kella the steam of Babu Ram Devi Dayal Paranthe Wale, chole bhature of Lotan Chole Walla and snoring of Hazari Lal Khurchan Wale are some of the many things you must try.

8. SM Street, Kozhikode

Expanded to Sweet Meat Street or Mitai Teruvu, it is located in the heart of Kozhikode in Kerala. A beach day in the city is incomplete without taking home a kilo of black halvah.

The history of the place dates back to the period of Zamorin rule. It is said that the ruler invited the halwa makers from Gujarat to the place and gave them land to set up stalls outside the palace walls. The star item halva was made in various flavors and the English called it sweetmeat due to its similarity to the texture of meat. Today there are 50 or more stalls selling different flavors and colors of ghee clean on the street.

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A sneak peek at SM Street’s halva collection.

Apart from halwa, the street is famous for authentic Kerala snacks like banana chips, jackfruit chips, achappam, kuzhalappam, murukku, madakku and more. SM Street is also a shopping destination in Kozhikode.

9. Mahim Khaw Galli, Mumbai

This ‘goodie lane’, earlier known as Balamia Road, comes alive every Ramzan and Eid with its spicy and aromatic food items at a fair price. Open to all visitors, Mahim Khau galli is especially famous for its meat dishes such as look for skewers chicken go pav shawarma, falafel and many others.

Located near Mahim railway station, one must try the delectable and rich delicacies at Baba Falooda. Serving a mix of flavored ice creams and faloodasdry kulfi and more, Baba Falooda is the place to be after gorging on the savory delicacies of this street.

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Shawarma ready? Anytime.

Other eateries like Hussain Khichdawala, Makhdoom Masahab and Garib Nawaz are just some of the top rated places in this street.

10. Tiretta Bazaar, Kolkata

Connection on a glass of cha and later is part of Kolkata’s culture. Here, every Bengali will agree that food is the common denominator that unites us.

Apart from Bengali cuisine, which also includes some savory desserts, the city has several interesting food stories.

Tiretta Bazaar, also known as “Old Chinatown”, is said to be where Chinese cuisine was introduced to the country.

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Food knows no boundaries.

In this restaurant street, you will find Fung Mei Mian or Sweet Soy Noodles, Prawn Tausi which is cooked in black and fermented beans, Lohan Cai or Vegetable Casserole, among other delicious dishes. Explore the street to try some unfiltered Chinese dishes not widely available in other food streets in the country.

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Food Secrets: These 10 Khau Gallis Are The Best Street Food Destinations In Mumbai Posted by The Better India on Sep 17, 2016.
Piplod Night Food Market in Surat is a food lover’s paradise and here’s why! Posted by Curlytales on Jun 28, 2022
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Aromas from the streets of Hyderabad | INDIAN CULTURE
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Memories of a sweet street: Kozhikode ‘Mittai Theruvu’ has been around for centuries Posted by The News MInute on 13 Feb 2021
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Edited by Yoshita Rao