- By Deepa Krishnan
The fish market was nearby, with a busy looking kolin inviting me to check out the day's catch. There were a couple of men selling dried fish as well.
The meat market was gross as usual, dirty and bloody. I walked quickly past it. I think Mumbai customers should make more of a fuss about how the meat is displayed and sold. No wonder people are buying super-market meats! It was a relief to come out to the open street.
A couple of days ago, I walked through Santacruz Market. It's great for photography, with lots of colour! There's a meat and fish market, a vegetable market, lots of spices and snacks, as well as fabrics and jewellery. I had only a camera-phone and I didn't really photograph everything in the market. But here are some photos of the food section.
|Indoor market for vegetables|
|Neatly slicing with her curved fish-knife|
|General street view: The awnings of the shops offer protection from sun and rain|
|Jalaram Stores, selling tea-time snacks|
|Pickle and spice shop|
|Leafy vegetables being arranged. The daily stock arrives in jute bags and is cleaned and presented on bamboo baskets.|
|Several spice shops sell fried stuff. This shop had a board advertising various types of fresh-ground flours. Looks like pasta is very popular in Santacruz!|
|As usual, the most fragrant thing was coriander.|
The coriander stall also had fenugreek and mint, as well as chillies, garlic, lemongrass, fresh turmeric, ginger and amba-harad. I was very tempted to buy some amba-harad for pickling, but I had a deadline and lots of other work in the market, so I reluctantly walked away.
|The winter fruits were interesting too. They deserve a whole post of their own!|
I'm definitely going back to Santacruz Market. Next time, I'll photograph the fabric markets and the little stalls that sell embellishments for sarees and salwar kameez. And I'll see what else I can find. What a fabulous market it is. I think a new bazaar walk may be coming up!