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On the Iftar trail: Here’s where you should head for a lip-smacking meal in Mumbai

This Ramzan, whether you wish to gorge on home-cooked meals, go on an Iftar trail or head to a restaurant, we have you covered.

more lifestyle Updated: Jun 08, 2017 17:25 IST
The hidden pockets of Mohammed Ali Road are abuzz with restaurants and stalls dishing out their signature preparations.
The hidden pockets of Mohammed Ali Road are abuzz with restaurants and stalls dishing out their signature preparations.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Stalls stocked up with sizzling malpuas, simmering kebabs and phirni in three different hues, and a host of people with rumbling stomachs, patiently waiting to break their fast — pretty much sums up a typical evening at a tiny eatery in Mohammed Ali Road during Ramzan. But as soon as the sun sets, and the food is served, everyone is smiling and chatty. Eyes suddenly light up with gratitude and glee. You can hear some banter on one table and a child screaming with joy on the other.

However, even if you aren’t fasting, rest assured that the lip-smacking food found in the hidden pockets of this area, abuzz with restaurants dishing out their signature preparations, will make your mouth water. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect on your Iftar trail.

Shami Kebab and Chicken Hakimi
Noor Mohammadi, Bhendi Bazaar

Bhendi Bazaar is a busy nightspot through the year. It’s especially busy during Ramzan. And the largest crowd is usually gathered at Noor Mohammadi, waiting to break their fast with falooda, fruits and some lip-smacking Shami Kebab (Rs 20). Made with minced chicken, chana dal and spices, the kebab is hand-pound to a texture so soft that it is hard to lift them without having them fall apart. Another specialty here is the Chicken Hakimi (Rs 500), essentially tandoori chicken soaked in a thin liquid concoction of buttermilk, chaat masala and butter.

Bheja, Kaleji or Gurda Masala
Ba-Barkat, Nagdevi Street

Here, your choice of meat, bheja (lamb brain), kaleji (lamb heart) or gurda (lamb kidney; Rs 180), is pound with some oil, tomatoes, onions, chillies and lemon juice to form a dish that has the consistency of egg bhurjee.

Bhel Bara Handi
Surti, Bohri Mohalla

Located a stone’s throw away from Tawakkal Tandoori Chicken, Surti is famous for its Bara Handi, and sees huge crowds during Ramzan. The dish acquires its name from the 12 vessels that traditionally have different types of pulse-based gravies, each containing a different cut of mutton or tenderloin. The one served at Surti, however, is a banquet of seven gravies. While each of the gravies can be had by itself, a dish called the Bhel (Rs 150), which combines all the different gravies, is also served here. The ensuing gravy is a union of mutton, dal and garam masalas.

Aab Gosht
Cafe Nizari, Bhendi Bazar

Dunk some pillowy and slightly sour pav (Rs 7) into a bowlful of rich fiery mutton stew (Rs 70) primarily prepared with gram lentil, tomatoes and onions.

Baida Roti
Mastan Talao, Nagdevi Street

A meal in itself, the Baida Roti (Rs 100) found at Nagdevi Street, is an Iftar must-have. A thick layer of minced keema or chicken is sandwiched between two hot and fluffy flour-based rotis that are coated with egg.

Chicken Tandoori
Tawakkal Tandoori Chicken, Nagdevi Street

The Chicken Tandoori (Rs 110) served at the buzzy stall located on Nagpada Street is another local legend. Juicy and tender pieces are coated with a marination of your choice. The three varieties of tandoori are chicken malai (marinated in creamy yoghurt, ginger, garlic and chilli), hariyali (coated with a paste of coriander, mint leaves, ginger, garlic and lemon juice) and the regular chicken tikka masala.

Reshmi Special Malpua
Badri Mithai, Nagdevi Street

Watching Reshmi Special Malpua (Rs160) being made is almost hypnotic. Batches of dough, prepared with maida, sugar, saffron, milk, cardamom, semolina, etc., are dipped in a vessel of hot oil and fried till the outsides of the dough turn golden brown and crisp. The resultant is a steaming hot pancake that leaves you with a saccharine aftertaste the entire night. It’s the perfect way to end your Iftar meal.

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Hyderabadi Murgh Dum Biryani at Neel

Neel, Mahalaxmi

Feast on dishes such as Bombay Bohri Boti (mutton in a traditional lamb mix), Raan-e-Mukhtar (leg of baby lamb), Hyderabadi Murgh Dum Biryani, Soya Macchli ka Salan (fish curry), Bhawnagiri Mirch ka Kheema and Mumbai ka Malpua as part of an Iftar special menu.
Till: June 26
Cost: Rs 2,500 (approximately for two)

Khichda at Sofitel

Jyran, Sofitel, Bandra (E)

Gorge on Iftar delicacies such as Khichda, Keema Pulao, Sheer Khurma, Tandoori Chicken and Falooda, among other dishes.
Till: June 26
Cost: Rs 3,300 (approximately for two)

Seviyan Kheer at Four Points by Sheraton

Four Points by Sheraton, Navi Mumbai

Try out Chicken Pakoda, Paya Shorba, Kebabs, Dum Biryani, Seviyan Kheer, Shahi Tukada and more.
Till: June 25
Cost: Rs 1,400 (approximately for two)

For a homely experience

The eight-course Iftar meal organised by The Bohri Kitchen will feature dishes such as Russian Kebabs, Cream Tikka, Mutton Haleem, Phirni and White Chicken Biryani, among other dishes. (Facebook/TheBohriKitchen)

The Bohri Kitchen

Home chef Nafisa Kapadia is all set to host an eight-course Iftar meal this weekend. You can start with savoury appetisers such as Smoked Mutton Keema Samosa, Bheja Cutlets and Baida Roti. Then move onto Russian Kebabs (stuffed with shredded chicken, assorted vegetables and a creamy sauce) and Chicken Cream Tikka (chicken marinated in masala coated with bread crumbs and fried). This will be followed by Phirni (rice pudding served in earthen pots). Mutton Haleem (boneless mutton and wheat slow-cooked for hours) and TBK Raan (in red masala), among other dishes, make up the fourth course, and White Chicken Biryani will be served as main course. Lastly, end your meal with ice cream and paan. Beverages and condiments will also be served.
Where: Magazine Street Kitchen, Byculla (E)
When: June 10
Cost: Rs 3,500

Home chef Farida Yunus is organising an Iftar meal that will feature dishes such as Keema Samosa, Bheja Cutlets, Tandoori Raan and much more. (Facebook/TheBigSpread)

The Big Spread

Home cook Farida Yunus is also whipping up a Ramzan meal. It will begin with Gol Pani (a drink made of jaggery and chia seeds), and will then proceed to Bheja Cutlets, Tandoori Raan and Mutton Nalli Nihari. Don’t forget to save space for some Malpua topped with Rabdi, and Sheer Khurma.
Where: Byculla (E). Book on www.authenticook.com
When: Every weekend till June 25
Cost: Rs 1,300

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