Choose from our pick of the best haleem and iftar kit destinations in the city this Ramadan
This Ramadan, we list the best places not only for your annual haleem ﬁx but also for mutton biryani, khubbus, kheema samosa and more. Whether you choose to end your daily roza with a few dates or sit down for a wholesome meal, city outﬁts are getting creative with the dishes on offer and their compact iftar meal in a box. They also home deliver. So what are you waiting for?
Chennai Adyar Park
Best suited for working professionals, the hotel’s sous chef Harish Rao insists that the functionally-packed iftar box can be micro-waved at your workplace and will stay minty fresh for up to six hours. Thoughtfully crafted as a light yet ﬁlling meal, its contents include dates, fresh-cut fruits and juices, apart from traditionally-prepared haleem, crunchy kheema samosas and a sweet double ka meetha to ﬁnish. Made to order, this ready-to-eat packaged meal can be delivered to your doorstep. Rs 600 onwards. Details: 24994101
Turn to Gibran Osman’s Splendid Foods for a traditional spread, which begins with a creamy, savoury coconut kanji. A wholesome meal by itself, it’s made with rice and lentils (with either a coconut or masala base) and is just what you need to break your fast, says Gibran. With his mum Yasmin Osman fondly dubbed as ‘Biryani Queen’ in the city, expect her signature dishes like crispy varkhi samosa, fragrant paya, mutton biryani with baingan masala, khare seviyan and a mutanjan for dessert. We also recommend their traditional homemade sherbet, a sweet milky falooda drink. Rs 250 onwards. Details: 9445427566
The iftar combo meal platter at this popular Alwarpet restaurant includes typical Ramadan dishes from various countries. Combining a variety of cooking methods—from steaming to deep frying—find Indonesian chicken momos, Afghani mutton samosas with tangy tamarind chutney, Turkish doner kebab rolls with pita bread, Indian aloo bondas, and more. Freshness comes in the form of cut fruits, fruit juices and dates—all balanced in this iftar meal. Rs 300. Details: 42064442
Pista House, Hyderabad
The famed GI status-tagged Hyderabadi haleem from Pista House can be delivered to your doorstep, courtesy their successful partnership with Gati couriers. Rich and fragrant, their haleem is made of pure meat, and is loaded with ghee and just the right ratio of spices and dry fruits. Rs 775 onwards per kilo. Details: gaticonnect.com
At an affordable price, Zaitoon’s annual iftar combo box is considered extravagant for its staggering inclusion of 14 components. Starting with dates, a packaged juice and cut fruits, it also includes a sampling of the restaurant’s signature dishes like the chicken shawarma roll, barbeque chicken, kebab of the day, coin parantha and khubbus with a chicken side, along with mutton dum biryani, haleem and a sweet of the day.
Rs 299. Details: 42020111
Set inside the premises of Triplicane’s Walajah Mosque, Haleem Express is run by two brothers and has been churning out popular Ramadan delicacies since 2005. Armed with century-old recipes and fresh hand-pounded masalas, their authentic food is sans any frills—like the shammi kebab, mutton and chicken biryani and a traditional khubani ka meetha. Included in their combo meal is their simple yet ﬂavourful chicken roll, some indulgent haleem (with boneless mutton) and a classic ande ka meetha — a rich dessert of khoya, almonds and saffron. Rs 120 onwards. Details: 9884141777
Passengers on select Emirates flights get an Iftar meal to break their fast. The menu features Middle Eastern cuisine and includes options like Zaatar Chicken with Hummus, Halloumi cheese, Cucumber sandwich, Mammoul sweet, and more. Details: emirates.com
Palmshore’s combo meal comes with barbeque chicken, dragon roll, Arabian mandi rice, and more. Rs 220. Details: 30205532
Copper Kitchen has combo packs with typical Ramadan delicacies. Rs 199. Details: 24760804
Try Hajeera’s Kitchen’s haleem and biryani combo pack. At Rs 480.
Firdouse has a good mix with haleem, chicken roll and biryani with kebab. Rs 280. Details: 9176966640
Sea Shell’s iftar box meal contains a chicken shawarma, Kerala parotta with chicken curry, along with biryani and dessert. At Rs 300. Details: 28295789
Don’t miss restaurant Rasavid’s version of haleem. Rs 175. Details: 9962665654
Also check out Fisherman’s Fare and Buhari for their combo meals that include dates, haleem, sandwiches, roti, biryani and more. Rs 250 and Rs 391, respectively. Details: 28194840; 64551121
Text: Preeti GT