As Islam’s holy month of Ramadan (also known as Ramzan) is coming to an end today, I thought I would share with you my experience with the delicious Iftar food I ate last week in Bangalore, India.
Iftar refers to the evening meal with which believers break the fast that they observe during daylight hours.
Bangalore’s Mosque Road comes alive at the time of the breaking of the fast and every year during Ramadan permanent restaurants and temporary food stalls are abuzz with activity. The sights, smells and tastes are a royal treat for the senses!
This was my first year at Mosque Road during Ramadan, though I have been meaning to check it out for some years.
My favourite dish was Haleem, a slow cooked mutton, wheat and lentil dish, flavoured with spices such as cinnamon and cardamom. Sometimes it is made with chicken or beef and some rice or barley as well. This was only my second time eating Haleem, the first being when I happened to be in Hyderabad during Ramadan one year, but it is now definitely on my list of comfort foods and I plan to try my hand at making it.
Another one of my favourites last week was something called Cream Chicken Stick (see third tray from the left on the top row in the picture above)– chicken on a skewer, dipped in a stringy, eggy (and I’m guessing cream) batter and deep fried. It was so good! My 4 year old had three of them at one go!
The Sheekh Kebabs (spicy minced mutton kebabs) were good too, and of course, as expected, I consumed copious amounts of Biriyani.
There were many more interesting dishes and drinks, but I couldn’t possibly have tried another morsel! Anyway, there’s always next year.
To end this post, let me leave you with a link to the Reuters website, where you will find some interesting and informative photos and text on Iftar food from around the world.
And finally, Eid Mubarak! to all those celebrating Eid Al Fitr around the world tomorrow.