Relish on Moutwatering Ramzan special dishes across street bazaars of India

July 18, 2014 Relish on Moutwatering Ramzan special dishes across street bazaars of India. @TheRoyaleIndia 1093 0 0

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It’s that time of the year again when pious Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset observing the holy month of Ramzaan. As soon as the prayer call from the mosque is over, you tend to hear the familiar call from someone saying, “Roza Kholo, Azaan ho gayee hain” and you see starving crowds moving towards the areas of the city which are known to serve delicacies specially made for their iftar after fasting for the whole day.

On the special occasion of Ramzaan, we will be sharing few dishes from different cities of India specially associated with and made in the holy month of abstinence and prayers.

We begin with Minara Masjid situated at Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai and the surrounding locality which is full of light and smoke coming from live sigrees and tandoors grilling meats giving out tantalizing aromas which are sure to make your mouth water.

The displays of various meats are not for the faint hearted foodie. There are rows of marinated chicken tandoori ready to be grilled on an open charcoal fire with young shop attendants fanning the ready charcoal fires to maintain the heat to evenly grill the ‘Kheeri Kaleji’ and the ‘Seekh Kebabs’, while others are tossing and turning the ‘keema botis’, ‘gurda masala’, ‘bheja fry’ which are delicacies made of offal on large iron tawas, harking the foodies to their shops.


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Naan Chaap

naan chaap @TheRoyaleIndia

If you are more adventurous, you are in for a journey of food discovery as the area offers a lot more than your typical Ramzaan fare. The streets offer ‘Khichda’, a mutton specialty cooked overnight with lentils and supposed to be a complete protein punch, Naan Chaap, Biryani, Paya and the works.


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Halwa Puri

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No iftar is complete without sweetmeats and hence you will find various sweet shops in the locality offering, firnis, bright orange halwas with fried puris and the Ramzaan special ‘Maalpua’, a sweet omelet made with 6-8 eggs and flour deep fried in oil.

It is said in Mumbai, that if you visit Mohammed Ali Road during Ramzaan and have a bowl of Paya, two sticks of kebabs with tandoori roti and Maalpua in the night, you can easily go without a meal the next day for sure.

Another place you should head for lip smacking Ramzan fare is Hyderabad, the Nizam’s capital. The area around the towering Charminar in the Old City of Hyderabad where major Muslim population reside is a foodie’s heaven as during Ramzaan. Hyderabadi Biryani is the most famous dish from Hyderabad, but the palate changes during Ramzaan and Hyderabad gets famous for its Haleem and Khubani ka Meetha.


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Haleem has its origins in Arabic cuisine and thought to be brought to Hyderabad by Arab merchants which evolved into Hyderabadi Haleem with the addition of local spices in it. It is a stew made of meat, lentils and pounded wheat made into a thick paste slowly cooked over a low flame in a clay oven for over more than twelve hours with two people stirring it continuously to get the desired thickness. The Haleem is quite a heavy dish and is supposed to give energy for the whole day of fasting.

Khubani ka Meetha

khubani ka meetha @TheRoyaleIndia

Khubani ka Meetha is an authentic and much popular sweet dish from Hyderabad. Khubani is the Urdu word for Apricots and Khubani ka Meetha is made by just boiling dried apricot pulp in sugar syrup which is not as hard as making other Indian sweets and is said to be a much needed vitamin powerhouse post a long day of fasting. Khubani ka meetha can be had with a dash of ‘Rabdi’ or plain vanilla ice cream as a topping.


galouti kebab

Next on our food map of Ramzaan delicacies is Lucknow, the capital of chivalry and Awadhi cuisine of the Nawabs. The cuisine is influenced by the Awadhi Nawabs of the 18th century and is extremely rich with generous use of cream, raisins, saffron, almonds and cashews. The Chowk Bazaar area of the city is lined up with shops showcasing a complete Kebab fest during the evenings of the Ramzaan month. The shops display the authentic Lucknowi dish of Kakori or Gilawati (Melt in the mouth) Kebabs being fried made ready to be had by the hungry crowd. These small mutton mince patties bursting with garlic and other spices are subject to much folklore as they were supposedly invented for a toothless Nawab who had a fetish for kebabs and wanted something of a melt in the mouth variety of it.

Nehari Kulcha @TheRoyaleIndia

The ‘Nehari Kulcha’ is one more specialty of Lucknow. A fiery mutton stew prepared with root vegetables such as potatoes and turnips served with hot piping Kulcha, an Indian flaky bread is generally had by the Lucknowi Muslims to break their Ramzaan fast.

Mughlai Parotha

Mughlai Parotha @TheRoyaleIndia

Lastly we move to the Bong capital of Kolkata, based on the banks of the Hooghly River, the city has a major Muslim diaspora and offers many delicacies to enjoy during the holy month. Starting with Mughlai Parotha, generally had as an early breakfast dish during Ramzaan is a spicy square shaped bread filled with mincemeat and fried with eggs on an open iron skillet.

Mutton Rezala

Mutton Rezala @TheRoyaleIndia

For dinner is Mutton Rezala, an authentic Muslim delicacy from the City of Joy which is vouched by many for its spicy yet sweet and sour taste. Mutton Rezala is a fragrant yogurt based gravy which is commonly made in any Bengali Muslim household and had piping hot with Naan breads.

For a diehard foodie and an avid traveler, taking a food walk across India for relishing savory Ramzaan fare is simply a must.

Bon Appetite and Ramzaan Kareem!!

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