As the holy month of Ramzan or Ramadan begins, like every year, this time too monsoon emerges showering blessings all over the city. Ramzan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar is observed as a month of prayers, fasting, giving and doing good deeds. Many streets in Mumbai come to life every evening during this festive month. Aromas of delicious and lip smacking delicacies engulf in the atmosphere. Beautifully spiced red curries simmering on the hot pans are a sight you cannot resist. But the real beauty of it is when you see that crowd of people from all over the city in a number of thousands, coming down to have a taste of these dishes regardless of their race and religion. During this time, the night life around the city is different.
We all definitely have our favorites listed when we go on this food expedition but, if you don’t and especially if you are new here then we bring you 5 delicacies to try this Ramazan along with where to find them.
Let’s start with almost every one’s favorite, KEBABS. That tender and grilled juicy meat with the right amount of spices is a burst of flavors in your mouth, isn’t it? So if you are a kebab fan, Haji Tikka corner, Bohri Mohalla is just the right place for you. They serve you with some mouthwatering malai tikkas, kofta kebabs and khiri kebabs. In the list of kebab joins ‘Bademiyan’, a joint on Tulloch Road, Apollo Bunder, Colaba is one of the legends. The seekh kebab rolls here are worth your time and travel. Al-Madina, Minara Masjid lane on Mohammad Ali road is also one of the top places recommended for kebabs.
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The next one is for our curry lovers, SURTI BARAH HANDI! Barah handi is an authentic delicacy. The idea behind the name is simply about how the dish is cooked. In an open space, 12 large earthen pots arranged one after the other in a line on slow heat. Cooking in those clay pots all night long is what makes this dish so special. The slow cooking brings to the meat a very soft texture, so soft that it is almost turned into thick gravy. Have it with khameeri roti and hunger is more than satisfied. You can find this gravy dish in almost all the stalls in Bohri Mohalla. But the one on Dharamsey Cross Street near Raudat Tahera Mausoleum is the best recommended.
HALEEM or KHICHADA (as called in Mumbai), bowl full of flavors and nutrition one can have as a complete meal. Khichada is a meat dish made with wheat and lentils. And Jaffar Bhai’s Delhi Darbar is the best place to have it. Delhi Darbar is also one of the best places to have Biryani and a glass full of Kulfi falooda.
After all the spiced foods, it’s time for sweets now. If you have a sweet tooth, you are going to go crazy with the variety of sweet dishes you will see during Ramzan. Phirni, Malpuas, Falooda, Sherbets and the list just goes on. Suleiman Usman Mithaiwala, Minara Masjid is the best spot to dig into a bowl of PHIRNI or their special SITAPHAL HALWA. A big round double egg MALPUA with yummy and creamy RABDI at Badri Sweets on 236, Nagdevi road is the best seller and a must try during Ramzan.
Are you a fan of Sherbets and Faloodas, we have some best recommendations for you then. BABA FALOODA on L.J Road, Mahim is the best in the city for Falooda. Not only during Ramzan but this stall is flooded with falooda lovers even off season. IMAM SHERBET on Khara Tank Road in Kumbharwada is a place for some heavenly refreshments. Their traditional milk based watermelon sherbet is one of their popular ones. Its subtle pink colour begs a try making it just irresistible.
During the Ramazan season, there are so many places to go in the city that you can visit a new place each day. Here are some of the must mentions; Shalimar Corner in Bhendi Bazaar for the delicious Bheja fry, Raan Biryani and Shawarma. Burhanpur Jalebi Centre on Memonwala Road for their Mawa Jalebis, Noor Mohammad Hotel at Abdul Hakim Chowk, Bhendi bazaar for its meat dishes especially Nalli Nihari. That’s it from our side. We hope you would enjoy this Ramzan with your Muslim fraternity amicably and unitedly.