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    Sample some home-cooked treats this Ramadan HILE the popular roadside joints  come alive during the 30-day period, there’s nothing quite like tucking into some home-cooked fare from talented home chefs in the city. From the best haleem to traditional Kutchi fare, we bring you our top picks. Pearl city For authentic Hyderabadi treats, we suggest you give Khizra Mueen a call. Her sinful creations are crafted from her mother Shahida’s recipes, also a talented caterer. Hailing from Hyderabad, her menu includes chicken and mutton haleem, nargisi koftey (boiled egg in a shell of spiced kheema), and shikampuri cutlets (mutton patties blended with finely ground spices and masalas). For dessert, the khubani ka meetha or apricot pudding is a must try as is the double ka meetha — a traditional Hyderabadi bread pudding made with cream, rose water, raisins and crunchy almonds. Price on request. Details: 9845188881 FoodAnchor2Kutchi kitchen Drawing from her rich Kutchi Memon heritage, Aneesa Siraj creates a sumptuous feast to suit every taste bud. Operating from her 2,500 sq-ft-kitchen on Queen’s Road, she turns out some homely delicacies that include mutton and chicken biriyani, chicken chops, malai chicken and princess chicken. Small eats include warqi samosas, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, fried chicken, and shikampuri mutton and chicken cutlets. On the popularity scale, the green masala lamb chops and crumb chops in a red masala are a definite hit. Specialising in desserts, some of their signature creations include pineapple and cherry squares, pucee, pumpkin halwa and gud papdi. For iftar, they offer packages that include dry fruits, sherbet, samosas, cutlets, fried or barbecued chicken, madina rotis and a choice of curries. Rs. 100 upwards. Details: 9845878300 Different strokes Give traditional fare a break and  try some sinful non-traditional treats courtesy Bakelicious baking studio. Run by Faiza Hakim, a talented pastry chef who specialises in entremets, the home-based venture will have all your dessert needs covered. Choose from a selection of indulgent treats like Ferrero Rocher cake, Snickers brownies, strawberry, blueberry and mango cheesecakes, a variety of doughnuts, cinnamon buns and honeycomb bread — an Arabian specialty. The Ramadan-themed cupcakes with a fondant decoration are a must-try this season. Hakim’s savoury options include braided loaves with your choice of mutton kheema, chicken kheema or even  paneer stuffing, and barbecue swirls — dinner rolls with barbecued filling. Rs. 100 upwards. Details: 9886481083 —Rashmi Rajagopal

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