We are well into the holy month of Ramadan and a true Bong uses this opportunity to gorge on these lip smacking Iftar delicacies.
Kolkata, the city of Joy has already immersed in the piousness of Ramadan and the streets are brimming with delicious servings for iftar. Calcutta might have changed to Kolkata but its food destinations have not changed a bit even after the new “naamkoron”. Ramadan – the pious month in the Islamic calendar has already started and a true Bong from Kolkata is now served with foods and delicacies to die for on every nook and corner.
But, where to go and what to eat? Before you get confused, we have here a list with ample information about the most popular iftar delicacies to gorge on in Kolkata.
Haleem, a complete food for your iftaar is made of different varieties of nutritious lentils (dals), wheat and barley. Cooked for hours, this delicious dish is accompanied with choice chunks of meat and familiar spices from the Indian kitchen. It is truly delicious and filling. You will find the best Haleem in Zakaria Street (the original hub of Awadhi Mughlai food in Kolkata), where Aminia Hotel prepares this dish particularly well in the Ramadan month. Also check Royal Indian Hotel (the 113 years old establishment is probably the only place that dares serve aloo-less biryani in Kolkata!) for its amazing Haleem preparation.
Tired of Haleem and want to try something spicier? Why not try SUTLI KEBABS from Adam’s Kabab Shop at Phears Lane? This shop sells varieties of kebabs in the month of Ramadan, with sutli being the most popular. For the uninitiated, Sutli kabab is prepared by plastering a paste of meat & spices around a metal sheekh, tied with a cotton thread & then barbecuing it. Once done, the thread is removed & the kebab is served. These are affordable, delicious and most importantly deeply soul satisfying.
A meat stew that is cooked with lamb, chicken and firni, this distinct food is best experienced at Sabir’s Hotel at Bow Bazaar. This place might be a bit old fashioned & grimy, but hey, the rezala is way better than your expectations and the you will never look at this place the same again.
Usually, people hardly break their fast with Biryani, but this becomes a necessity when the Haleem or pakodas are out of stock or if you are a true blue Biryani addict. The shops in Zakaria street sell some of the best biryanis (we think in the universe) with Royal Indian Hotel and Aminia topping the list.
Samosas & Pakoras
You will find a variety of delicious mutton and chicken samosas in the shops around Phears Lane. The most popular of them is the Haji Alauddin sweet shop that happens to sell a great batch of samosas during iftar. Along with the samosas, you can also try their mawa-based sweet delicacies, which are very rare in the city because of their North Indian origin.
Want to break your iftaar with a sweeter experience, then go for Khajla, which is a hollow bread like food, that you crush and have with warm milk (almost like your breakfast cereal, but way tastier). It is easily available in Zakaria Street and almost every other shops sells them during iftar.
While on the Ramadan food trail, you cannot miss drinking the rooh-afza sold in glasses along the streets. These drinks are refreshing and become a boon in this heat.
Do let us know if we have missed anything in our list and don’t forget to check these places out before this pious month comes to an end. Happy Eid in advance!
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