I was wondering why is everybody sitting here, there’s about like like 30 people sitting outside this restaurant. Yeah, you donate money and they will feed the people sitting out here. Look, look there’s a dog in the box. Greetings in urdu. Friends, hello Ahmedabad, I’m here and tonight we are gonna explore Bhatiyar Gali or cook’s lane. It’s behind me over here. They’re still firing up the tandoors for the food tonight. It’s all Mughal food down there. It’s like non-veg paradise. So let’s start here at my very favorite faluda store in all of India. I’ve been here before, I was here about four years ago in Ahmedabad and I remember coming here and trying a faluda because I’m always hunting out the best faluda. I love faluda ever since I had it with my Parsi friends. It’s actually an Iranian Parsi drink and there’s a lot of places that I come to in India that I haven’t made videos on like, like I said I’ve been to Ahmedabad before but I wasn’t on YouTube back then I wasn’t making videos. So you won’t find like Assam on my channel or a lot of South India on my channel because that was before YouTube when I went there. But yeah those videos will come I will return and make videos in every single state in India but let’s go, let’s start with food. Okay, so when I get faluda, I always go for kesar or saffron. It’s just so French and as you can see these different layers to faluda. It’s the kesar syrup at the bottom. You’ve got their like little jelly seeds then you’ve got these noodles in there as well and of course milk and a massive scope of saffron ice cream as well. Oh and there is almonds in there too and you kind of mix it all together and it becomes this really rich rich amazing drink. Now this faluda shop, Gandhi cold drinks has been in the family for like a hundred years and it’s built into the side of a big beautiful mosque here in the old part of Ahmedabad. Because of noodles and everything it’s kind of like a meal, you know. It’s very thickened and a little bit filling. All right, let’s head over to cook’s lane now, Bhatiyar Gali. You have different cooks or restaurants preparing different non-veg. This is it, it’s all Mughlai food. Then you also have butchers here as well. So butchers and restaurants all on this one really long lane and there’s another lane here in Ahmedabad and that serves pure veg food, but tonight I feel like some non-veg. We are gonna do an entire trip down this amazing lane and see what we can find. Let’s have some chicken, let’s have some fish, let’s have some mutton. I can smell fish, we are near a fish market, where is it? It’s up here. So let’s have a quick look. In this old building is the fish market and you could smell it. Look at the fish down here, awesome. This fish market is beautiful, it’s a Bengali’s dream, right? Wah, prawns Look, look there’s a dog in the box. So they told me this is the dog’s house, this box. Okay, fine. It looks at me like I’m gonna tell em to get lost. It’s okay mr. dog. That is probably the luckiest dog in all of India to be able to live at a fish market. And actually this this whole market is a Hindu fish market. The rest of the areas is a predominantly Muslim area. Okay. I’m having a lot of fun here, just chatting with people and meeting people and exploring the markets and I was just talking to a butcher and he was selling Buffalo and I was filming asked to make a film and then he realized he had Buffalo in the shot and he got really worried. So he moved the Buffalo across so you couldn’t see the buffalo meat anymore. He put it behind the mutton. That’s how worried these guys are and you would have seen people getting killed in India for consuming beef, consuming mutton or just carrying it or not carrying it at all. Sometimes they weren’t even carrying beef and they get lynched by by mob. So that’s why people are worried about beef here and there is a beef ban in this state and this is Gujarat, it’s an ultra conservative when it comes to eating meat and especially beef buffalo. Let’s go and try some food. There is so much spice in the air here when people are cooking that you walk down the street and you actually cough. I’m standing right outside where the guys frying and we’re gonna try ‘mutton kadai’. Check it out gonna he is gonna cook it right now. I have a lot of subscribers in this area. Just meet more. Now these these pots down here It’s called ‘bara handi’. So twelve vessels basically and they use these to cook they’re kind of base curries in and they cook overnight actually, the next day they’re ready for what we’re gonna eat right now. Cool, right? This is a this is ancient mughal cooking right down here and they’re still doing it like that. If you get to go to Pakistan, this is the kind of food you’ll be eating mughlai, so good. Let’s dig in, Tandoori roti and let’s try this mutton kadai. It looks very red, let’s see what it tastes like. Wow! You’ll think it might taste like butter chicken or something like that but it enhances the flavor of mutton it taste like mutton. It’s some kind of spice, some kind of spices they’ve added in it. It just tastes like meat. Let’s try the mutton, make sure it’s juicy. This is different. I haven’t even had this good in Delhi, you know and I can tell it’s good because before I even get in here because you can see how they cook and they cook in the old school way of those twelve vessels, ‘barra handi’. The mutton just breaks when you pick it up. And the food here is incredibly cheap, this entire plate was 130 rupees and there is tons of meat in here. I have eaten half of it. A massive piece of fish 70 rupees here. Hello, this is a good boy, right? Look at this little kid ahead of me. She’s carrying the bag of meat which they just brought from the butcher. Hello, bye-bye. Now I just stumbled on this restaurant here and I was wondering why is everybody sitting here? There’s about like, like 30 people sitting outside this restaurant. I was like what’s happening here and Yeah, you donate money and they will feed the people sitting out here so let’s go, I’ll give 500 rupees and they can keep feeding people for the rest of the night. In 50-100 rupees two people can eat unlimited food. Okay, feed everybody. 20 people 500 rupees Now people are eating. Shopkeeper: Touch the food, give blessing. Man: Bless the food. No, no blessing. I won’t bless them no no. Now, huh What is really funny is they asked me to give ‘ashirwad’, to bless the food. But I said no like why would I bless it? I’m not a god they can just eat I don’t care about blessing their food. They’re fine. I’m just happy they get to eat and what a cool thing this is. This should be for an India, you know, it makes you feel good, but you’re feeding people as well so they’re eating too and actually all these restaurants along here and along here are doing this thing called ‘seva’. It’s good service to others. So come to ‘Teen Darwaja’ and yeah, you can you can do seva here, you can help feed people as well. This three gates over here right at the end here. I’m still coughing from the spices. Let’s go. We’re gonna come here to ZK and we’re gonna have the fish now. The guy from Gandhi cold drink so that we started off with he told me to come here for the fish fries, so let’s do that. You don’t get much fish in Delhi where I live, barely ever. You don’t want to eat it anyway, because it’s usually frozen but here you get it a bit fresher because Gujarat is on the coast. Look at that, look how they’re cooking. So cool, love this place so much. This is heaven for meat-eaters basically and it’s clean as well, very clean. Look at all these different dishes they have here. I have no idea what each dish is. Let’s find out, huh? Man: Mutton masala
Karl: yeah Man: This is mutton paya, this is mutton keema, this is butter chicken and that’s chicken kadai. Karl: Wow and it keeps going need more and more and more. I want this green one. My fish fry is just cooking here and he pulled out this fresh fish that hadn’t been frozen and he just chucked it on the pan here put a bunch of oil on and it’s covered in spices basically. Man: Where are you from?
Karl: New Zealand
Man: New Zealand, really? Man: You speak Hindi?
Karl: Yes I may come sit next to these two guys now, they look like nice. The fish fry has arrived – look at that. I’m gonna put some lemon over it. I think this is king fish. And this one will have bones okay, you gotta be careful. It smell so delicious and you get ‘rumali roti’ as well. Like a really really thin bread. Let’s try this fish now and I just heard that they have bheja fry here. I’ve only ever had bheja fry in Lahore in Pakistan and there it was cow brains that we ate, didn’t taste like anything like you expect brains to be like all mushy and white but it just tasted like cow meat basically. Enough of that, I don’t want to get in trouble. Woah, the fish is super juicy. Hmm it’s totally fresh. Fresh fish. Just just check out that white fleshy meat in there. This is what fresh fish looks like juicy white and it just kind of falls apart really really easily like that. Now when you’re eating fish in India, there’s always bones, okay? They don’t do boneless like back home in New Zealand and one time when I was in Bangladesh, I swallowed a fish bone, like the day I landed in Bangladesh and it scraped all the way down my throat. It feels like it lodged in there, but it’s not. It just scrapes down. It feels like something stuck in there. Soon as I got to Bangladesh I had to go to the hospital and just just get my throat x-rayed and checked to make sure there’s no bone in there, but it went down and then your body can digest it. But yeah, not the way you want to arrive in a country feeling like that like you have something stuck in your throat. So be really careful eating fish. That’s why I’m using my hands I’m not eating with the roti because I got a check for the bone. Bone, this small. I gotta say this place, this area is serving me the best non-veg food I’ve ever had in India. It’s so good. Now let’s go and find the best chicken fry on this street, all right. I’ve got another tip from someone I just met about the chicken fries. Let’s go, try it. We’re gonna go here. We’re gonna go to Akbari Hotel because I have been recommended the chicken fry here. The chicken fry is on the grill now and I just be thinking like I couldn’t do all this because I couldn’t speak any Hindi, right? I couldn’t connect with the owner, I couldn’t film all this in and talk to the locals as well. I’m gonna spend a lot more time learning Hindi this year. That’s one of my goals. I need to become fluent. Back to the food. You guys can probably tell I’m having a really amazing time here and there’s a certain energy here and I feel this energy all around Gujarat, actually. I get this great feeling whenever I’m here. That’s why it’s one of my favorite States as well but this area in particular it unites everybody for the love of food. Everybody here loves food. These guys love cooking food That’s why it’s called cook’s lane. Yeah, you can tell how happy I am right. All right. I’ve got the famous chicken fry from Akbari hotel now and it’s gone from yellow covered in turmeric to red. Let’s see what it tastes like. There it is Wow. Oh my god It’s super soft, I couldn’t believe that. I thought it was fish. I’ve never had chicken that melts in your mouth before. You know, it’s usually quite tough and you’re gonna chew on it. But yeah this chicken melts in your mouth. That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s creamy, it’s chili, it’s creamy, its soft like fish. Let’s try the masala a bit. The thing is you don’t know what spices they’ve used. It’s their own homemade masala, so you just have to come and try it. That’s the softest juiciest chicken I’ve ever had in my life. Chicken fried Akbari Hotel. Wah, look how much chicken you get and this is just a 170 rupees. I think this is the half chicken for a half chicken 170 rupees. I just realized the softness of this chicken probably comes from them having just cut the head off outside. I just watched this so, so that’s what fresh chicken tastes like. Literally just got cut a few minutes ago. Hasn’t gone to the supermarket, hasn’t been frozen, hasn’t been in the fridge. Killed and cooked, it will make sense now. Alright other spices again back into the main lane, this is the kind of for the butchery lane and the cats are living here. There are so many cats here. They’re all eating the scraps basically now but Bhatiyar Gali it is open until 3 a.m. It’s open all day, but actually the dishes changed throughout the day. You’ll get breakfast dishes, lunch dishes and then come here for dinner though. That’s where you’re going to get the best meat dishes, okay? So yeah open till 3 a.m. There’s an amazing tea stall over here, iranian tea stall. Go have your tea there. I’m pretty sure you can tell I’ve absolutely loved this the area. It has been one of the highlights of my trip in India. I’ve had the freshest food and if you want to support the channel hit that join button so I can keep dedicating my life to bringing you content from Incredible India. Long live India.