Haleem being served in Hyderabad
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. Ramadan 2017 begins on 26 May, concluding with Eid ul Fitr that will begin in the evening of 25 June and last until 26 June. It is the holiest of months in Islam, marking a time of fast from sunrise to sunset. But the early morning hours and evenings after sunset see plenty of delicious food being served. India, with its vast Muslim population, celebrates Ramadan on a level that is matched by very few other countries in the world. As an Indian, you get the best seats to some of the greatest celebrations of Ramadan. The food on offer is a lip-smacking cuisine developed over the centuries and not found anywhere else in the world. Special bazaars and roadside stalls are set up where everyone can get to taste the delicious treats being made. But for the best experience of the Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (post-sunset meal), there are a few places that you absolutely must visit. Here are the best places in a select few cities of India to witness Ramadan 2017 celebrations. Also Read - Scientists Convert Structure of Coronavirus Into Soothing Music, Here is Why
India Gate, Delhi
Let’s start the list with the national capital, Delhi. The streets of Old Delhi are famous for their Ramadan delicacies, and you can spend the whole month simply exploring the streets and tasting all the special food. Near the Nizamuddin railway station, you will find restaurants that offer juicy kebabs and the sweetest Firni, with a wonderful dash of cardamom. South Delhi has the Purani Dilli restaurant, where you get some of the city’s best Afghani chicken, which is a creamier version of the Tandoori, and the Ramadan-special Haleem. Chandni Chowk has its fair share of small and large restaurants to visit during the month, especially Haaji Noora that offers incredible Nihari. Also Read - Two-time Olympic Medallist Sushil Kumar Hasn't Given Up on Tokyo Dreams
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
From Delhi, we move eastwards towards the former Indian capital city of Kolkata, another melting pot of cultures with an incredibly unique cuisine. For instance, you have the Kheeri Kebab, a city special with a very special taste. There is also the famous Mutton Chaap and the various mutton and beef stews. The biryani here is of a different kind that must be tried. You can find the best food shops at Bow Bazaar and Zakaria Street, and around the famous Nakhoda and Colootala mosques. Specifically, you can try out the kebabs at Adam’s Kebab Shop in Phear’s Lane, especially the best-selling and spicy Sutli Kebab. Also Read - Crackers Are Passe, This BJP Leader Fired Shots in Air to Fulfil PM Modi's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Request, Booked
Haji Ali, Mumbai
The Maximum City celebrates festivals like no other. The month of Ramadan sees Muslims and non-Muslims alike crowding the streets to get a taste of the delicious festival food while they can. By the time the month ends, you would still be left with several eateries and food shops to visit. And like most other cities in India, the best foods of Mumbai are out on the street. The Nawab Bhai Kebabwala in Jogeshwari is well worth the search for its charcoal-grilled beef kebabs, and are the slow-cooked delicacies at Surti Barah Handi’s in Kalbadevi. You also have the kebabs of Al-Madina Fast Food, located in the Minar Masjid area.
Bara Imambara, Lucknow
We cannot miss out on Lucknow when it comes to food or Ramadan celebrations. The City of Smiles is famous for its brilliant cuisine influenced heavily by centuries of Muslim kingdoms. And as expected, the deliciousness hits a whole new level in this city during the month of Ramadan. The flavors here are very different, and so are the kebabs and biryani served in the month. The areas around Aish Bagh Idgah and Akbari Gate are famous for their food throughout the year, but the food gets even more special and tasty for Ramadan. Open until the late hours of night, you can taste such traditional delicacies like Firni, Kulfi, Paya, Kulcha, Kebab, Sheermal and Nihari.
The City of Nizams and Pearls has a rich culinary history, and the best time to experience this would be during Ramadan. The Iftar and Suhoor that you get here is unparalleled. Those who are familiar with the city would know that the Haleem is the first dish to be tried here. The creamy lentil and meat stew is a specialty in Hyderabad during Ramadan, and Pista House is famous for making it the best way. You also have plenty or Charminar food stalls to eat at, and biryani lovers will absolutely love what is offered at the Toli Chowki Yousuf Tekri Food Court. And you cannot miss the ghosht dishes at the Hyderguda Cafe Bahar in Basheer Bagh.
This is already a great time to visit Srinagar. The Kashmir Valley is bustling with activity in the summer months, and Ramadan only adds to the activity. You can find great food in the shops around the Hazratbal shrine, and Old Kashmir has several places to visit. Old Kashmir has a vibe that is very different from the colonial influence of the rest of the city. You can find several stalls here offering the simplest yet most delicious kebabs and curries. The experience of celebrating Ramadan here with the people is one that is very different from anywhere else in India.
Commercial Street, Bangalore
Most of the entries in this list are pretty obvious names because of their rich Muslim heritage and influence. But Bangalore stands out from the rest, and so does its Ramadan cuisine. The food you get is very off-beat and not the same as the traditional meat dishes you find elsewhere in India. The Kulfi Kebab is one of them; a delicious mix of minced chicken with all kinds of dried fruits, cooked slowly. Richies is the best place to try this delicacy out. You can also savor the food from the stalls in Tilak Nagar, especially the roasted ox tongue, and the Bheja Fry from Albert Bakery. For a more conventional experience, visit the Dakhani Degh restaurant, which also has a unique desert dish worth trying called the Qubani ka Meetha. NOW READ: 10 most famous mosques in India where you can go for Eid!
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