Delhi's Spice Market (Khari Baoli)

 

My favorite market in Delhi was its spice market, which happens to be Asia's largest spice market.  The market straddles Khari Baoli, a street near the Red Fort.  The street's name is derived from 'Baoli', meaning step well, and 'Khari', meaning salty. 

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The market dates to the 17th century.  Many of the shops have been in the families for a long time, some even run by the ninth- or tenth generations.

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Like all good spice markets, Delhi's is fragrant, colorful and tempting.  Besides a large variety of spices and herbs, you can buy other food items like nuts, tea, pasta and rice.  Everything is beautifully displayed.  

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Khari Baoli is extremely busy -- lots of shoppers, traffic, and workers carrying heavy sacs of spices to those who bought them.  While it is considered a wholesale market, anyone can purchase just a small quantity.  I bought some masala chai and nuts to snack on, both of which were excellent.

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