Contributed By: Charu A. Mahesh
The holy month of Ramadan has already kick-started on 18th June, 2015. While our Muslim friends will celebrate the pious month of Ramadan by fasting during the day, we plan to join them during the night feasts. After all, foodies across India swear by the lip-smacking variety of food that you get to eat during the period of Ramzan. And if you happen to be in Mumbai during the month of Ramadan, you are in for the baap of all feasts! (Find few Ramadan recipes here.)
It feels like a month long food festival in certain areas of the Maximum city. From shawramas to haleem to kababs and jalebi – the list is endless! But you have a whole month up your sleeve to find out your favourite spot and favourite delicacy. We asked a few Mumbaikars about where to get the best Ramzan food in Mumbai and here’s what they revealed. So, get set to venture out…
Recommendations by Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar
Bohri Mohalla – Chef Ranveer Brar’s fav!
Bohri Mohalla, becomes the Mecca for foodies at night during Ramzan. The last shop in the famous area, Vallibhai Payawalla is known for its Saat Handi Paya, which is prepared in seven different utensils. Celebrity Chef, Ranveer Brar recommends his bara handi, especially the trotter and the Ishtoo that they have. You may want to follow Chef Ranveer suggestion: “Also try the Surti’s Barah Handi with a khameeri roti.” It is characterized by 12 large handis (pots), with slow cooking dish inside. Look out for India Hotel for its finger-licking good Tawa-Gurda and Chicken Roll done in Pakistani style. For khiri kebabs and kofta kebabs, head straight to Haji Tikkas.
Don’t miss to dig into a unique Biryani called ‘Patrel’ biryani at Firoz Farsan, when you are in Bohri Mohalla. In fact, Biryani is a misnomer here. “As there are no rice in this biryani but patra or colocasia leaves and a heady mix of spices. It is unlike anything I have eaten before as its not rice-based like your traditional biryani and quite a unique experience of something that is so popular,” suggests Chef Ranveer. Ramzan is synonymous with a wide range of sweet delicacies too. So, wrap up your foodie trip here with Taj Ice-Cream, adds Food Blogger Zenia Irani of the “Branded Bawi”. They have been serving hand-made ice creams in a wide range of flavours for more than 125 years.
Mohammad Ali Road at Masjid Bunder, suggests FoodDrifter & The Big Bhukkad
Mohommad Ali Road in South Mumbai transforms into a foodie haven during Ramadan as this is where all your ‘Iftaar’ cravings will end. Fasting or not, non-vegetarian or vegetarian, the Minara Masjid area at Mohammad Ali road deserves a visit for your love of food. The aromas of spices and charcoal grilled kebabs and chicken brings rich, poor and of course famous to these make-shift road side eateries. “The thrill of exploring shawarmas to kheer is at Mohammad Ali Road says food blogger, Adarsh Munjal from The Big Bhukkad. While, FoodDrifter suggests : “try Haleem at Jaffar Bhai’s Delhi Darbar, Firni (rice pudding) at Suleiman Mithaiwala and Nalli Nihari and Gurda fry at Chinese ‘n Grill.” JafferBhai’s Delhi Darbar is known for Ramadan specialties like haleem and award winning Biryanis (Mutton Biryani, to be precise.) Don’t get confused by the name Chinese ‘n Grill. This is not a Chinese snack shop but a one stop shop for sumptuous Iftaar food. Apart from the firni, you must have the sinful sitaphal halwa and malai khaja – a flaky pasrty wrapped around a dollop of cream at Suleiman Mithaiwala.
Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor at Mohammed Ali Road, Mumbai
Sarvi, Byculla, says Branded Bawi
Your Iftaari cannot be complete without the soft and succulent kebabs. They serve the best Mutton Seekh and Kebabs here. Located right opposite Saboo Siddique College, Sarvi has been around since 1927! Apart from Kebabs, Sarvi also offers Irani Paya all through the night. So, it’s never too late to plan a visit to this old joint.
While the Bohri Mohalla and Mohammad Ali Road are known for their hustle-bustle. Nagdevi Street is for people who want to enjoy the Islamic cuisine peacefully amid less crowd and noise. Bara Handi and Pichota Haleem are some of the must have delicacies here. End your meal on a sweet note with malpuas from Badri Sweet Mart.
Outside Mahim Dargah
This is a hidden gem and not many people know that you get amazing Ramadan specialities just outside the Mahim Dargah, suggests Zenia Irani. From kebabs and tikkas to halwa and malpua the list is just endless and the place less chaotic. Go try it out!
Best place to get your hands on ultimate rolls and rumali rotis. Located behind the Taj Hotel in Colaba, Bade Miya is known for its Chicken Baida Roti, Keema, Chicken Seekh Kebab and Rolls in a wide variety. Vegetarians too have a lot of picks here.
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