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Delicious Ramzan fare awaits you in Old Delhi. There’s a lot for vegetarians, too

Head to Jama Masjid in Old Delhi to gorge on Ramzan-special delicacies. Sweet and savoury — there is something for everyone.

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2017 15:46 IST
Ruchika Garg
Of all varieties such as paneer, mirchi, keema and chicken pakodas, keema pakodas are the most popular in the bylanes of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.
Of all varieties such as paneer, mirchi, keema and chicken pakodas, keema pakodas are the most popular in the bylanes of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.(Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo)

The Metro heritage line connecting Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Lal Kila has made it easier for food lovers to gorge on the delicacies of Old Delhi — a bonus during the holy month of Ramzan, when its bylanes are dotted with food stalls. We boarded the metro, got off at the Jama Masjid Metro Station, and were welcomed by the tantalising aroma of boti kabab (Buff). It was almost time for Iftari.

What can you gorge on? Everything, from khajla (priced at Rs 180) to biryani (Rs 30 a plate) and seekh kabab (Rs 50 per plate).

(Clockwise) Boti Kabab, biryani, tandoori chicken, keema pakoda. (Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo)

Other Ramzan-special dishes include keema samosa, paneer jalebi, khoya jalebi, karachi halwah and habshi halwah. Cooked in desi ghee, the keema samosa has buffalo meat filling. “Keema samosa is prepared during this holy month only. We sell it for Rs 15 a piece, which is not a profitable price for us, but as a gesture of charity we keep the price to that. People from far-flung areas visit us to eat our samosas and jalebis. Chef Vikas Khanna also visited our shop for the recipe of paneer jalebi,” says Mohd. Shaan, owner of Kallan Sweets.

(Clockwise) Keema Samosa, karachi halwah, paneer jalebi and khoya jalebi, and habshi halwah. (Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo)

Though the area is popularly known for its non-vegetarian food, some nearby restaurants and stalls also serve vegetarian snacks and sweets. You can choose from shahi tudka, rabri, andarse ki goliya, feni, a mixture of dry-fruits, and more. “The lane, Matia Mahal is popular among vegetarians. They visit us to buy dates. We have one of the best varieties of dates, called, ‘Azba khajur’. It costs Rs. 2,400 per kg and we get it from Medina, Saudi Arabia,” says Mehtabuddin, a shopkeeper.

(Clockwise) Dry-fruit mixture, shahi tukda, feni, andarse ki goliya. (Shivam Saxena/ HT Photo)