(behind the Taj, Nov 2008)
We have all eaten from the Chanawallah in Mumbai. The nicely toasty chana (Bengal gram?) are perfect while walking aimlessly, taking in the sounds of the waves at Gateway of India, or giving a shoulder to a friend. Growing up, it used to cost 5 or 10 paisa for a pudi. A pudi is the paper cone used to dispense the chana – usually from recycled newsprint. You can see pudis stacked on the side of the basket. Now it is 5 or 10 rs for a pudi. I always wondered, how much do these guys earn in a day? Any idea? Can they afford to pay for the chana, the coal embers, take the bus or train to whereever they live and still make enough money to feed their family? Just wondering. Now you know why I always buy at the chana wallah. So should you.
A closer look at the shaenga (peanuts, left) and chana.. O, Meera loves these protein-laden chana, so we buy her a pudi every time we go out.
At the Gateway of india (April 2009)
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