Breaking the fast during Ramzan

Breaking the fast during Ramzan
Zakaria Street in Kolkata is a popular food hub during Ramzan, Photo Credit: Kakoli Dey /

Food walks in six Indian cities that you should not miss during the holy month of Ramzan

Uttara Gangopadhyay
April 13 , 2021
02 Min Read

Step into Chowk bazar and you will feel as if the whole city is out here, shopping and eating. Meandering through the alleys, you have a long list to choose from – pakoras, parathas and bakharkhans, kebabs, kofta, korma, haleem, sharbat, and many other items. To try the Boondi Chura, you have to go to Chatori Gali.

The preparation of kebabs at Karim's in old Delhi


At Matia Mahal, the lane opposite Jama Masjid’s gate number 1, you will be spoilt for choice, with shops selling biryani, kebabs and rotis. If you are confused by the presence of innumerable kiosks and carts, head straight for Karim’s. You can also explore the area around the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.

The area around Char Minar is known for its street food

The city of the nizams is the only competitor that Lucknow has to fear, especially where biryani is concerned. The Hyderabadi biryani, unique to the city, is a foodie’s delight. And then of course comes the haleem, an Arab dish that was introduced to India during the reign of the nizams. Going by foodie reviews, Pista House is the best place to eat haleem. Explore the area around Char Minar if you want to taste the street food.

The haleem and biryani in Kolkata are some great options

If you are in a hurry, try the roadside shops around Tipu Sultan Mosque in the Esplanade area. For a leisurely meal, especially the various kinds of haleem and biryani, head for the area spreading outwards from Nakhoda Mosque. Aminia, on Zakaria Street, serves six types of haleem during the month of Ramzan.

The widely renowned kebabs of Lucknow are a city favourite

The rest of India is indebted to the nawabs of Lucknow and their kitchens for formulating and introducing a large number of dishes. Head to Aminabad for kulcha, nahari, paya, gond-ka-halwa, kebabs, shahi tukra, and more. Stalls pop up along the Nazirabad Road and if you want to explore further, walk in the direction of Kaiserbagh. Try the city’s special kebab at Tunday Kababi; other than the one in Aminabad, there is another shop at Chowk. You can also check out the food stalls in the Akbari Gate area.

The biryani in Mumbai

The famous Bhendi Bazar is where multiple shops spring up during the month of Ramzan. The rows of stalls along Mohammed Ali Road and the crowd of people around them has to be seen to be believed. One of the restaurants that is a year-round favourite is Bade Miya, near the Gateway of India.

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