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india Updated: Aug 14, 2010 01:48 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Thank God, it is Ramadan. Muslims fast during the day but feast during the night. Here are some classic Delhi dishes that you must not miss during the Ramadan, or Ramzan, nights.

Seviya (vermicelli pudding) — During this holy month of Ramadan, vendors can be seen selling seviyan in Old Delhi streets. Even the humble tea shops stock these delights during the sacred season. While the kesar flavour gives a yellow shade to the pudding, the one with roohafaza gives that beautiful pink tinge.

Biryani — Rice cooked with mutton or chicken pieces is a necessary item in Ramzan feasts. While the Hyderabadi version with fried onions and pudina flavour is popular down South and in Delhi’s high-end eateries, biryanis sold in Nizamudidn Basti dhabas are no less gourmet delights.

Haleem — Minced mutton meat cooked with desi ghee and ground wheat is the perfect dish for a body that needs nourishment after day-long fasting.

Dates (Khajoor) — It is one of the traditional food items of breaking the Ramzan fast. It helps that dates are rich in iron.

Fruit chaat When people break the fast, the first thing they usually eat is diced fruit, and not pakoris. That’s healthy.