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Anupriya Bedi Jun 30 2014

Ramadan food special - Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai

Kanika Nevatia Jun 30 2014
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This Ramadan food guide will tell you where to eat and what to eat during the holy month of Ramadan. Come Ramadan and the images that come to mind are streets lit with fairy lights, delicious aromas wafting up from crowded and busy by lanes, crowds in shimmering silks greeting each other and making their way into lanes overflowing with food stalls selling Ramadan delicacies.

- Hyderabad -

This 400-year-old city wakes out of its own strange slumber during Ramadan. Ramadan evenings in Hyderabad are something special. The festive air and cacophony of the streets during Ramadan is truly an experience one must witness first hand. Here are Hyderabad’s best places to head to during Ramadan.

Photo of Makkah Masjid (by pranav)

Shadab Hotel

It wouldn’t be wrong to write ‘H’ for haleem and ‘H’ for Hyderabad. And if we are talking of haleem, that heavenly mix of lamb and wheat, a delicacy best saved only for Ramadan, one has to speak of Shadab Hotel. This small eatery boasts of two floors now (with air conditioning). Their haleem is renowned far and wide. But their mouth-watering biryani, khubani-ka-meetha, sheermal, and Pakistani chicken curry are definitely worth a try too.

Address: Madina Circle
High Court Road, Madina
Phone no: +91-40-24565949

Nizam Club

Biryani and Hyderabad are synonymous and most Hyderabad locals would vouch for the fact that the Nizam Club, one of the popular places to eat in Hyderabad serves the city’s finest biryani. The 128-year-old club guards it’s biryani recipe, which was created by the Nizam’s Mughal chefs, very closely. Their mutton biryani is truly an excellent way to break your fast.

Address: Saifabad Road
Opposite Assembly
Phone no: +91-40-23237097

Photo of Hyderabadi Biryani (by Garrett Ziegler)

Pista House

Pista House actually has a GI status for its haleem! With the sighting of the crescent moon, Pista House starts dishing out tonnes of their scrumptious haleem everyday until Eid. Pista House retails through 200 outlets across the city and even couriers haleem across the country and overseas. This eatery is also famous for its unforgettable khubani-ka meetha.

Address: Shahalibanda Road
Phone no: +91-93965-00786

- Delhi -

Old Delhi is the place to head to for iftar. The overcrowded lanes are abuzz with a festive air during Ramadan. Every lane and bylane is packed with street-side food vendors selling Ramadan delicacies. Here’s where you can get the best Ramadan food in Delhi.

Photo of Jama Masjid (by digital Battuta)


Generations of ardent fans of Karim’s battle through the traffic and chaos of Old Delhi during Ramadan to get a bite of their fabulous biryani, boti biryani, firni and kebabs. Make reservations for sure as seating is very limited and the waiting line almost endless. Located just across from Jama Masjid, Karim’s is the ideal place to break your fast and share a meal with your family and friends.

Address: Karims
Chandni Chowk, Matya Mahal
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Phone no: +91-11-23269880

Ustaad Moiniuddin

If there’s one place that could take on Karim’s it is Ustaad Moinuddin. Walk in for the juiciest, melt-in-your-mouth kebabs and incredibly pocket-friendly prices. Their shahi tukda (bread soaked in honey or sugar syrup) is a melt-in-your-mouth treat that you must not miss.

Address: Near Lal Kuan
Jama Masjid

Photo of Kebabs (by Mamonello)

Haaji Noora

If you are looking for the best nihari in the city, then head straight to Haaji Noora. Nihari, a gently simmered stew of beef or goat meat takes 6-8 hours to prepare. And Haaji Noora does a fabulous job of it. While the ambience is not fancy, this little eatery beats all when it comes to nihari.

Address: Bhaji Gali
Sadar Bazar
New Delhi

- Mumbai -

A short walk across the Ibrahim Mohammed Merchant Road at Mumbai during Ramadan is every foodie’s dream. Shawarma, nihari, Burhanpur jalebis, tandoori quail, chicken hakimi, mutton paya–this street in Mumbai is every foodies paradise. In addition to this, Mumbai offers many places where one can savour Ramadan food.

Photo of Haji Ali (by Humayunn Peerzaada)

Noor Mohammadi Hotel

Noor Mohammadi is a tiny and not too tidy restaurant tucked away in Bhendi Bazaar. But this is the ultimate destination for hardcore non-vegetarians. This little eatery is always packed and seems especially full around Ramadan. Try the Chicken Sanju Baba (a recipe gifted by the Bollywood star) if you are in the mood to experiment. Their shammi kebabs and nihari, which are very different from the Hyderabadi versions, are a must try as is the hakimi chicken.

Address: 181-183, Wazir Building
Abdul Hakim Noor Mohammadi Chowk
Masjid Bunder, Mumbai
Phone no: +91-22-23456008

Suleiman Mithaiwala

Now this one is strictly for those with a sweet tooth. While there’s quite some competition around the Minara Masjid area where Suleiman Mithaiwala is located, this sweet shop’s sitafal halwa and phirni have been giving others a run for their money for over 80 years. The delicious offerings can also be bought online now.

Address: Ground Floor, Minara Masjid, Plot No. 167
Ibrahim Merchant Road
Phone no: +91-98200-73234

Photo of Phirni Shop (by mojosaurus)

Nagdevi Street

Less chaotic than Minara Masjid area, this street is dotted with eateries selling the best payas and pichota haleems in Mumbai. Plus, right across the street is Badri Sweetmeat Mart where you can get the world’s best malpuas. This is surely one of the best places to eat in Mumbai during Ramadan.

Address: Nagdevi Street
Masjid Bunder

- Chennai -

If you are in Chennai during Ramadan, here are the places to head to for incredible Ramadan food.

Photo of Wallajah Mosque (by BishkekRocks)

Hotel Blue Diamond

Much before haleem invaded the old world of foodies, nombu kanji used to rule the roost. A lighter and less spicy version of haleem, nombu kanji is the chief attraction of Hotel Blue Diamond’s menu during Ramadan.

Address: 934, Periyar Salai
Poonamalle High Road
Phone no: +91-44-26428903

The Fisherman’s Fare

The Grand Iftar Buffet at the The Fisherman’s Fare at Chetpet is the place to head to if you have a huge appetite. The spread of Ramadan specialities here include chicken bhuna, haleem, lukmi, kanji, bhajjias and much more.

Address: 21, Spurtank Road
Chetpet HO
Phone no: +91-44-28362071

Photo of Bhajjias (by kspodaar)

Palmshore Restaurant

One of the popular places to eat in Chennai, Palmshore has a special iftar menu. Their mutton samosa, dum biryani and khubani-ka-meetha are really delicious. They have also introduced a special iftar pack consisting of cut fruit, shwarma sandwiches, mutton biryani and kebabs for those who want to grab a delicious Ramadan meal on the run.

Address: New No 108
Santhome High Road
Phone no: +91-44-2102245

Do share with us your Ramadan food experiences and the best places for iftar. Till then, happy eating. And, of course, happy travelling.
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