The fruit chaat is ready; the dates have gone missing, and the Rooh Afzaa is being poured into colourful plastic glasses. As his father, Aqeel Ahmed, makes an urgent phone call, six-year-old Shaafi tries to eat a paneer pakoda from one of the plates on the dastarkhwan (dining spread). "Wait for some time," Ahmed tells the boy and puts back the piece. It is 6.45 pm on the fourth day of Ramzan at Old Delhi's magnificent Jama Masjid.
Shradha Shahani & Harsh R Sharma [With inputs from food writer Antoine Lewis, food blogger Kalyan Karmakar (finelychopped.net) and Kumar Jhuremalani, who runs the foodies' meetup group Pet Pujari