The area of Lalbaug and Parel was at the heart of the mill revolution in the city.
Today, all that remains of that time are a few chawls that might have to make way for fancy skyrises, others are abandoned mills in dispute over issues, and then, there is Chiwda Galli.
City historian Rafique Baghdadi informed that us being a mill hub, the area was inhabited by workers who had migrated to Mumbai from Konkan and other hinterlands across Maharashtra. People from this community would mainly eat Pohe or Chiwda for breakfast and snack the same in the evenings, which gave rise to Chiwda Galli.
Adjoining this lane, you will find Masala Galli, which has rows of shops lined with glass bottles of masalas; in the past several Maharashtrian families would sell home-made masalas, which gave rise to this lane’s name. One of the oldest chiwda shops in the lane is Vijaylakshmi Chiwda, which has been in the business for nearly 36 years.
Vijaylakshmi Chiwda, Chiwda Galli, Lalbaug.
Time: till 9 pm