Make the best of the Ramzan season with our round up of iftar feasts available across town. Sink your teeth into juicy sheekh kebabs,
warm kheema rotis, bread pudding soaked with cream and sugar syrup and spicy camel meat as we round up a few ways to enjoy the culinary excesses of the month of Ramadan. By Rashmi Rajagopal
This unusual spot has been growing in popularity over the past few years for its delectable offerings. Lining both sides of a small, narrow stretch of road in Koramangala’s food hub are stalls selling iftar favourites: from sinful fried mutton and chicken samosas to emu, and camel kebabs. But our favourite? The deep-fried soft shell crabs and prawns – crispy on the outside, meaty and succulent on the inside. At Jyothi Nivas College Road.
While Fanoos is a landmark and frequented year-round for their warm, fresh sheekh rolls with crunchy, diced onions, the surroundings transform into a foodie’s delight during Ramzan. From Mecca, a little hole-in-the-wall shop selling the best of Suleimani chai to Khazana, popular for its flavoursome beef biryani, there’s something extra special in all their offerings during the festive season. Whether it’s the khichra, a non-pasty variation of haleem made with beef, lentils and spices, crispy onion samosas or baida roti, a type of roomali roti stuffed with beaten eggs, kheema, onions and spices, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Sign up for a food walk this weekend
with Oota Walks, a company that specialises in food walks around Bangalore, who will be organising a food sampling tour of Mosque Road. The three-hour long walk will culminate in an elaborate sit down dinner at the popular Mughlai restaurant, Chichabas Taj, with all the trappings that make up a traditional iftar spread. Having put in a lot of research into the various stalls on Mosque Road, founder Simi Mathew, reveals some of her favourites. “For haleem, you must try Paradise, Chichabas has the best biryani and mutton sheekh on offer, and Savera will have you sorted with mind-blowing and delicious beef sheekh. Not for the faint of heart, bheja puff is best had at Albert Bakery and pathar ghosht (mutton cooked over a heated stone) from Hyderabad Special. For some Thalassery specials, head to Savoury Restaurant,” she signs off. Rs.1,050. Saturday, 5.30 pm. Details: facebook.com/ootawalks
Hotel Ramada observes the month of Ramadan with a street style food festival boasting all the quintessential dishes that make up a traditional feast. Sample a range of sheekh, reshmi and gosht gilafi kebabs, various styles of biryani – from Kutchi Memon to Hyderabadi, haleem, and desserts such as khubani ka meetha, a dried apricot pudding and phirni. 7.30 to 10.30 pm. At Tiger Trail, Indian Express Circle. Until July 5.
If you’re expecting commercial food here then you certainly won’t get any, as the restaurant USP is home-cooked delicacies. “Exactly what we have at iftar, we are bringing in bulk to the eatery and selling. All the profits are also for charity so the whole family is heavily involved,” begins Mohammad Asif. You can expect Moplah specials such as pathiri appams, Turkish sweets, Lebanese stuffed (with chicken and lamb) croissants and even falafel. Plus, vegetarian specials too like vada pav and calzones. Local favourites like samosas and tender coconut pudding will also be on offer. But the special is one of their family secrets — rice pancakes filled with sweet coconut filling. 4 pm to 10 pm at Nandi Durga Road. Details: 32904513
Tilak Nagar and Bannerghatta Road
The busy locality comes alive during the month of Ramzan with multi-coloured lights and stalls that fill the air with wafts of fragrant spices, meat, biryani and desserts. Choose from delicacies such as kheema roti, paya (trotters) curry, and double ka meetha (bread pudding). Perhaps a steaming cup of chai will help round things off, before you head home.