gearing up to celebrate Ramzan [also called Ramadan or Id-Ul-Fitr]. And
there is no hiding that Food and Ramzan has a strong connection. Think
succulent kebabs, delicious Biryani, rich curries and molten malpuas
served at the best restaurants across the country and you have your
excuse to dig in. Here is a heads-up on the Top 3 places across the
country to visit,
time to go, for you are in for not only a visual treat but a gastronomic
one as well. Mohammad Ali Road with its street side stalls and small
hotels are overflowing with people eager to try some of the Ramzan
specialities. The kebabs [Beef and Chicken] are the show stoppers and
the best ones are found at Haji Tikka, Khara Tank Road in Bhendi
Bazaar. However, if you are not the adventurous kind, then you should
visit Khiri where you will find various rich meat dishes, especially
beef. Another area in Mumbai that serves up quite a storm is Khau Galli
in Central Mumbai, which comes alive post 9pm with streets brimming with
people vying for a plate of Biryani or kebabs or the sweet dishes.
Kababi, a century old family-run restaurant that dishes out plates of
Galouti kebab like nowhere else. Akbari Gate on the other hand is where
you get the most divine glass of Kashmiri tea that is perfect before
starting your food trail. Make sure to visit Haji Sahib’s shop for a
slice of the traditional nihari and kulchha. Wait, its not over yet, you
should sample the makhan malai, Lucknow’s own version of saffron-spiked
ice cream before you can call it a day.
Tasty and delicious Haleem here is a plate of minced meat cooked with
ground wheat and oodles of butter. Pista House, near Charminar at the
old City offers the 2nd best Haleem in town. Biryani is
another dish that is a must have during Ramdan season. Called Nawabi or
Dum Biryani, No Eid is complete without this Biryani. Take your pick
from Lamb, Chicken or other meat, either way you are in for a treat like
never before. Also order a side of mutton korma, mutton do pyaza or
murgh musallam, and zafrani murgh to add to te beauty of the meal.
Finish off in style with a plate of Kulfi, sheer khurma or sevayyian
(which is vermicelli that has been cooked in milk topped with nuts),
khoobani ka meetha (apricots pureed cooked with sugar and topped with
fresh cream) and the traditional phirni.
Let the celebrations begin!! Enjoy the treats no matter where you are…!!