Sunday, September 1, 2013

The main market

Had been to the fish market this morning. Got some prawns, Squid and Halwa (black pomfret) For a change the new market place was looking cleaner and a bit organised.
On the way back we decided to visit the main vegetable market (at Gultekdi)
Even though it was just seven in the morning, the hustle and bustle of the  of the main market was not lost on us.

The small retailers were checking out the freshness of product so that they could buy it in bulk.

Crates were being unloaded and reloaded. Green peas was in plenty. The common sparrow (which is a rare sight now a days) was perched on the heap surveying the surroundings.

Liked the colour contrast that was made by these carrots, radish, cabbage, cauliflower and lime.

By the time I clicked these, the radish was already sold out.

Talking of lime, I liked how the sunlight reflected on a heap of them.

And same was the case with the tomatoes (my favourite)

The retailers were waiting for the morning customers

While some of them were already doing brisk business

The lady with the green leaf. My favourite over here was the Lemon Grass which can be seen in the foreground. Its known as Gavati chai (in Marathi)  Just add some fresh leaves to your boiling tea and experience the  special aroma. Some use it in soups and curries too.

Got to see goose berries (Awla) after a long time. Wifey made it a point to buy half a kilo to make chutney. "The best way to make every one eat goose berries" she said.

The best deal that we got was this lot of Custard Apple. All of this for Rs 150/- After coming home I just counted them and a rough calculation told me that each custard apple works out to be less than Rs 4/-  !
Some call this the Aristocrat of fruits.

All in all it was a colourful (and fruitful) experience.

Writing this after having Squid and Goose berry chutney for lunch.

I think I should make more forays into the main market.


Weekend-Windup said...

Good one, the pictures and your write up brings the feel of I went to the market :)

Enjoyed your post...

Sandhya said...

Loved the colourful fruits and vegetables. Yes, the market looks very clean which is very rare.

Gooseberry chutney is very tasty!

Beth said...

The photos are awesome!! And now I need to google Custard Apple and see what it is.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

The colors and freshness of all the produce are just gorgeous. I am familiar with most that you mentioned except the Custard Apple. SO very interesting!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Thanks for sharing these, they are all beautiful. I really enjoy the view of the market.

Ms Sparrow said...

Your custard apples look very strange to me. All the other produce seems familiar though. I'm surprised that sparrows are becoming less common in your country because they are thriving in the US.

Aadi said...

Nice post.. :)
If you like gavati chai.. try once it with milk called KADHA..
good for health specially when if you got cough (health tips ;D)

I love custard apple.. me will also go and get some.

Nisha said...

Just love the freshness in the pictures. The vegetables taste so much better when they are this alive!

SweetMarie said...

These are wonderful photos. I would love to shop that market. :) I would try that lemon grass. I've recently started drinking hot green, white and oolong tea.
Hope you have a great week!

Lata Menon said...

Really nice :)Hope to taste the gooseberry chutney....

Anonymous said...

Nice... felt as if I was walking through the market .Cindy

Shreesha Iyengar said...

Guess what? All my mum has to do is show me these pictures to get me tempted into eating all those veggies and fruits! :D :D