If you live and die for food and if, food is your biggest religion then the festival of Ramadan is perfect to satisfy your gastronomic cravings. Devout Muslims observe fast the whole day without even a drop of water. Just as the sun sets, mohallas and tiny streets across India are abuzz with activity. Succulent kababs are fried, luscious paranthas are made on huge girdles, milky delights topped with dried fruits are stirred in huge vessels and one can spot colourful, rich fruit laden firnis and faloodas sold in hundreds!
Such is a spectacle during every evening of Ramadan: Colourful, vibrant and just full of life. Though traditionally, fast is broken with a few dates, water and rose sherbet, Muslims across the country feast on various regional delicacies at night. We list down five best Iftari destinations in the country. Take a look...
1. Charminar, Hyderabad
The old city of Hyderabad comes alive and a festive atmosphere is prevailed in other Muslim majority neighbourhoods in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as the holy month of Ramadan begins. Almost every hotel sells lip smacking 'Haleem', a dish preferred by people after 'Iftar' or breaking the fast. The eateries in the old city, Nampally, Mehdipatnam, Toli Chowki, Masab Tank and other areas do a brisk business.
2. Jama Masjid, Delhi
Its a food walk outside Jama Masjid after Iftar. Fruits, Dry Fruits, Kababs, Nihari, Mutton Haleem, Faluda, etc. and the list goes on but the walk does not stop. But one thing never to miss at Iftar is Kababs at Karim's. The mouth watering marination will satisfy for the whole walk to keep you going all night.
3. Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai
Its a Mecca of feast at Mohammad Ali Road. Rights from Kababs, Biryani, Baida Rotis to Phirnis in various colors and flavours, this place is alive all night with so much to eat.
4. Akbari Gate and Aishbagh Idagh, Lucknow
Now we are at the heart of Shahi Dawat. Lucknow is the capital of yummmmm. Never miss the Kababs and Biryani at Lucknow. The flavors are so much different to those served anywhere in India.
5. Hazratbal, Srinagar
With such a pleasent whether of Srinagar. This is the best place to be at for the Grand Ramadan celebrations. Its all larger than life here, even the food. The spices are different and fresh and so are the preperations. Don't miss out on the large deep fried Parathas served here.
Ramadan Mubarak to Everyone!