From barren swaths of desert to a verdant coast, west India is a tale of opposites. In the state of Gujarat it is the thali—a meal of various dishes composed in a compartmentalized tray—that holds iconic status. Farther south, lush Maharashtra and Goa abound with fresh seafood and produce all year round, and coconut-enriched sauces are adored. Here, see the places, people, and food of west India as captured by SAVEUR photographers.
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A vegetable vendor at Byculla Market bags chiles. James Roper A motorcyclist transports a flock of live chickens in Mumbai. James Roper A watermelon vendor at Byculla Market. James Roper A waiter at the Ideal Restaurant holding a platter of house specialties. James Roper Making naan at a bread shop in Mumbai’s Mohammad Ali Road neighborhood. James Roper Bagging pickles in Mumbai’s Mohammad Ali Road neighborhood. James Roper One of the many spice shops in Mumbai’s Laulbag Market. James Roper
Worli Village Fish Market
A seafood vendor at a Worli Village market in Mumbai.
A crowd gathers at fried street snack stand in Mumbai’s Worli Village. James Roper In Gujarat’s Bhirandiyara village, Meghwal tribe members cook over an open fire. James Roper Preparing vegetables for lunch in Gujarat’s Bhirandiyara village. On the outskirts of Bhuj, workers clearing a field of sugar cane. James Roper As an offering, the public feeds cows in central Bhuj. James Roper A lunch in a Muslim home in a village outside of Bhuj. James Roper