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Feast your heart out

Burn those calorie charts, grab your knives and get ready to binge. It’s Bakrid today and city chefs have rustled up a meatilicious fare.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2012 01:07 IST
Shara Ashraf

It can’t get any better for carnivores than Bakrid or Idul-Zoha. Spicy kormas that you can lick off your fingers, melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, fragrant biryanis with lots of meat hidden inside, what else can a non-vegetarian ask for? Here’s our pick of some of the best meatilicious fare that the city has to offer. From traditional Kashmiri delights to treats from Agra that were patronised by nawabs to dhaba food with a rustic touch, there’s lots to pamper your palate. So get set to gorge to your heart’s content, and if someone says calories, just turn a deaf ear.

Balti meat and more
Treat yourself to no-frills dhaba style food in an air-conditioned environment at Dhaba, The Claridges, New Delhi. Chef Neeraj Tyagi’s picks for Bakrid come topped with a big dollop of robust rustic flavours. Begin with raan kebab (lamb kebabs, marinated in spices over-night and cooked in tandoor). For the mains, ask for the balti meat - lamb curry served in a bucket. Team it with lachha parathas. To pamper your sweet tooth, go for creamy rabri. You will be shelling out Rs3,000 for a meal for two here.

Awadhi delights
Start with velvety kakori kebabs at Alkakori Alkauser in R K Puram. The kebas prepared with a 126-years-old recipe are a mélange of mutton keema, cashews, almonds and cream. The kebabs have a rich checkered history — chef Ashfaque Ahmed’s great grandfather started selling them on a cart at dargahs in Lucknow in 1896. Once they were patronised by the Nawabs, they reached Delhi and earned instant fame. Pair the kebabs with
paper-thin warki paranthas. A meat lover worth his lamb can’t miss Ahmed’s juicy mutton burras. Also ask for mutton biryanis cooked dum pukht style in a mitti ki handi with the lid sealed with atta. End your meal with phirni — rice pudding with nuts served in earthen bowl. The proportions here are generous, and prices unbelievable, so feast like a king and pay like a pauper. A meal for two will cost Rs500 here.

Agra on your platter
The special Bakrid dastarkhwan at WelcomHotel Sheraton, prepared by chef Abdul Qureshi from Agra, features elaborate treats. The bandh gosht ka qaliya is shank meat stewed in onions with light Indian spices. The zaitooni murgh is chicken cooked with olives, cloves, mace brown garlic and curd. Do try the martaban gosht (that’s lamb cooked with pickled spices and aged overnight). For rice lovers, there is gosht pulao, a typical rice preparation from the city of Agra (lamb cooked with rice and whole spices). A dinner for two here will cost you Rs3,500.

Treats from kashmir
At Tarami in Hauz Khas Village, the wazas (chefs) from Kashmir have rustled up a royal Bakrid feast. Start your meal with yakhni shorba — thick chicken stock soup, flavoured with mint and cardamom. Among starters, ask for tuji chicken — a popular Kashmiri barbequed street snack, or tabak maaz — tender spare lamb ribs, shallow fired in butter. Among mains, go for dhan phool (lamb shanks cooked in saffron and coxcomb gravy) or the baap of all meat dishes — the ristas and gushtabas — balls of pounded meat cooked in a saffron gravy and yoghurt gravy respectively. If more means merrier to you, don’t miss the traditional Tarami. The large metal plate comes with 4 starters, 4 main course and one dessert. Wrap up your meal with saffron flavoured phirni. A meal for two at Tarami will set you back by Rs2,000.