The month of Ramadan is here, and the fasting has begun in the Muslim community. Suhoor is the meal eaten before sunrise (light meal) and Iftar is the meal after sunset (a feast). People from diverse communities relish the delicacies that are prepared after sun down. These delicacies range from the cuisines of Middle East to traditional dishes of sweet and savoury.
Some cuisines prepared include, Haleem (a slow cooked stew of meat with lentils and wheat), Paomo (bread and mutton soup), Ramazan Kebabi (lamb, curd and pita bread) and Kolak (fruit dessert made with palm sugar and coconut milk).
Places to visit during Ramazan in Bengaluru:
1. Mosque Road, Frazer Town
Mosque Road is filled with the aroma of spices as food stalls fill its streets during Ramazan. With a heavy muslim population, these stalls sell authentic Ramazan food. Some must tries are the Brazilian beef, mutton keema and fried eggs. If you are feeling a little adventurous, camel meat is also on the menu.
This restaurant in Richmond Town is a local favourite. As the lights and decorations mark the onset of Ramazan, people flock here to break their fast. It is especially known for its rolls. Sheek and Mutton rolls here will make your mouth water. Other items like the beef biryani is well known.
3. Charminar Kabab Paradise
Frazer Town is the place to go to during Ramazan. The Charminar Kabab Paradise is one of the many destinations there to grab a bite. Known for its elaborate menu, it is most famous for its Baida Roti, a dough stuffed with mutton. Other dishes prepared during the festival are also made.
4. Empire Restaurant
Empire restaurant is a well known eating joint and has its branches all over the city. Like the others, the branch in Koramangala is visit by many throughout the year. The crowd multiplies during Ramazan as stalls line up and the menu brings in the festive delicacies. This place is a treat for people with a sweet tooth. Dry fruit juices, Phirni and Shahi Tukra are up for grabs.
We come back to Frazer Town with this one. Alibaba Cafe is the place to go if you want a taste of the Middle East. From rolls to biryani, they have it all. It is a good place to visit for vegetarians during Ramazan. With an array of delicious vegetarian dishes, at the top of the menu is Koshary. An Egyptian delight, it is a type of fragrant rice cooked in a tomato based gravy and macaroni and topped with lentils. Meat is added depending on the customer.
DIY this Ramazan
1 tsp Dill
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
½ kg Lamb
1 tbsp Red chilli powder
1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
Six finely chopped chillies
Wash and chop the Spinach, Dill and Fenugreek and soak them in water with ½ teaspoon of turmeric for 20 minutes.
Heat the oil in a skillet and saute the finely chopped onion into it. Add 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of red chilli powder and 1 tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste and cook it for a while.
Add the lamb mince and salt and cook it in with the other ingredients.
When all the water is dried up, add all the soaked vegetables and six finely chopped chillies.
Mix all the ingredients well. When the oil comes out add 1 tablespoon of butter. Cover the skillet.
Allow the excess water to dry out and serve.
2. Bedouin fresh date sweet
Remove the pits from a few dates and arrange it in a bowl.
Melt 4/12 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and stir in 3 ½ tablespoon of finely ground rice flour.
Cook this over a medium heat and stir constantly until the flour turns light golden brown.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in some cardamom.
Allow the mix to cool a little and stir it occasionally. While still warm, pour the mix over the dates and allow it to cook to room temperature before serving.
3. Sweet Basil Seed Drink
Rose and Keora water
Soak basil seeds in water for 10 minutes.
Take water, the quantity depends on how many people you serve and add sugar accordingly.
Add 1 teaspoon of keora water, rose water (for fragrance), some milk and chopped almonds.
Add the soaked basil seeds and stir properly to avoid sugar lumps.
You can add a bit of Roohafza for more flavour.
More recipes here.
Ramazan is observed in the ninth month (Ramadan) of the Islamic calendar. The fast goes on for 28 to 30 days depending on the sighting of the crescent moon. This fast is one of the five pillars of Islam and is observed to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran. Recitation of the Quran, prayer and charity are ways of celebrating this month. Lanterns are a symbolic decorations seen in every mosque.
By Minnal Paranan