Ramzan: The time Delhi loves to fast, feast and celebrate

  • Naina Arora, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2016 19:01 IST
Jama Masjid lights up during Ramazan in Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT)

It’s that time of the year, when Muslims across the world, observe the holy month of Ramzan. They observe fasting with no food or water from dawn to dusk and break their fast with Iftar. It is during this time, that the Walled City in Delhi becomes the hub for those seeking for a delicious gastronomical ride. Various groups in Delhi host walks in Old Delhi, for people to soak the the Ramzan celebrations. Take a look at some of them here.

Savour delicacies laden with tradition

Think of Lazeez Kebabs, Teekhey Biryani, Buttery Curries, spicy Niharis, Lababdaar Gosht and swaadisth meethaa! Join DelhiByFoot to explore the festive atmosphere with walks such as Zaaika-e-Iftaar Purani Dilli Ka: Jama Masjid & Chawri Bazar, Lazzat-e-Iftaar: A Meaty Affair, Non-Veg Foods Specials Walk, Shaam-e-Iftaar at Dargaah-e-Nizamuddin Aulia, Shaam-e-Iftaar with Djinns of Delhi at Fort of Ferozshah Kotla, Ramzan Spcl ‘Alvida Jumma’ Iftaari Food Walk in Jama Masjid & Delhi 6 area and Iftaar sey Sehri tak, All-Night Photography & Food Walk in Delhi 6.

Ramit, co-founder, says, “DelhiByFoot gives Dilliwallas a reason to come out and explore Delhi’s new look of the season and enjoy our city’s cultural and food paradise.”

When: June 17 (6pm - 9:30pm), June 18 (5:30pm - 9pm), June 25 (5pm - 8pm), June 30 (6pm - 8:30pm), July 1 (5:30pm - 9pm) July 2 (11pm - 5am) respectively.

Contact: Ramit, co-founder and Food in Chief, DelhiByfoot, Phone: 9871181775, Website: http://delhibyfoot.in/upnext/

Workers cook a non-vegetarian dish during the holy month of Ramazan in Old Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)

Enjoy lesser-known treats

Dhruv Raj Gupta from SeekSherpa, says, “We will discuss the history and significance of the holy festival of Ramzan while sitting inside Jama Masjid and gorge on lesser-known treats such as the keema samosa, paneer jalebi, and khoya samosa, which are only available during this time of the year. Lip-smacking non-vegetarian food is available in the area, but vegetarians won’t be left far behind! A royal dessert with ice cream awaits us at the end of our Ramzan walk!”

When: The Ramzan walk is available everyday in June – 6.30 pm onwards.

Contact: Dhruv Raj Gupta, co-founder, SeekSherpa, Phone: 9871606657, Website: http://experiences.seeksherpa.com/tours/A-Rendezvous-With-Ramzan-Iftar-Food-Walk/450

Children buying sewaiya (vermicelli) during Ramazan. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)

Soak up the tradition

This Ramadan, join the celebrations at Shahjahanabad and delve into the festivities and cultural traditions of Old Delhi. Enjoy mouth-watering delicacies that line Old Delhi’s lively alleys with the Iftar Walk hosted by ‘Delhi Walks’ as part of India City Walks.

Sachin Bansal, chief explorer and founder, says, “Join us for a memorable iftar evening in the heritage city of Shahjahanabad and enjoy mouth- watering cuisines, intriguing storytelling sessions, vivid cultural engagement and authentic Ramadan experiences.

Through the walk, one can travel along the sacred precincts of Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid and witness thousands of people breaking their roza (fast) with members of their community. We’ll take you through chock-a-block alleys like Matia Mahal and Chawri Bazaar that serve some of the most delicious dishes like mutton korma, chicken jahangiri and much more.”

When: June 12-26

Timings: 6PM-9PM

Contact: Sachin Bansal, chief explorer and founder, Phone: 9711190192, Website: http://www.indiacitywalks.com

A shopkeeper near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. (Vipin Kumar/HT)

Satiate your taste buds

For an experience of a lifetime, Delhi Food walks brings Ramzan food walks — Iftar Walk and Sehri Walk. Anubhav Sapra, founder, Delhi Food Walks, says, “We’ll take you to the narrow lanes of Old Delhi leaving your taste buds satiated with food that most of us have never tasted during Iftar Walk. Unlike the Iftar Walk that begins in the evening and ends at night, Sehri Walk begins late at night, ending at dawn. The walk that happens at night takes the experience of the food walk to the whole new level.”

When: Iftar Walk: June 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 (6:15pm - 9:30pm); Sehri Walk: June 25 and July 2 (11pm - 5am)

Contact: Anubhav Sapra, founder, Delhi Food Walks, Phone: 9891121333, Website: http://www.delhifoodwalks.com

People buying chicken at Jama Masjid market in the Capital on Sunday. (Vipin Kumar/HT )

Surrender to the gastronomical wonders

Bhavna Prasad Rastogi, founder director, Carpe Diem, says, “Old Delhi is a foodie’s paradise, but more so during the holy month of Ramzan when the day long fast is broken with an evening meal or iftar. Explore the gastronomic wonders of iftar as we walk and eat our way through the bylanes around Jama Masjid. Take in the heavenly aromas, relish the festival delicacies that leave your taste buds satiated with mouth-watering food.”

When: June 19

Timings: 6 pm to 8pm

Meeting point: Chawri Bazaar Metro Station

Contact: Bhavna Prasad Rastogi, founder director, Carpe Diem, Phone: 9810703890, Website: https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/iftar-food-walk/ET00041334

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