Hola foodies! During the holy month of Ramzan, Old Delhi becomes a paradise for all the non-vegetarians in Delhi. The Bazar Matia Mahal, in the lane opposite Jama Masjid, is filled with aromas from heaps of keema samosas, buffalo biryani, grilling botis and kebabs and hot paneer jalebi. To cool down, there are drums filled with Rooh Afza sherbet and dishes of dahi vada. It’s hard to narrow down on a few places out of the innumerable options you have, but here are our 5 best pucks of places to eat in Old Delhi during Ramzan.
Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken
Established over 40 years ago, this shop has been dishing out fried chicken in Delhi far longer than KFC. Their special chicken is first marinated in different spices and chickpea batter, and then half-fried. For maximum crispness, the chicken is cut into small pieces to be fried in huge pan of boiling oil. The end result is crunchy on the outside, and moist and tender on the inside. It comes served with rumali roti, onions and special tangy masala chutney.
During Ramzan, Haji sa’ab also sells keema goli, which are small balls made out of minced meat, and served with onion and chutney.
Address: 113, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.
Studded with framed newspaper cuttings of visits from India’s biggest chefs, Kallan Sweets overlooks one of the gates of Jama Masjid. Started by Mohd. Shaan in 1939, its doors stay open from 7am until midnight, with a break at 2pm to prepare a fresh batch of sweets and snacks for the evening. One of their specialties is the bright orange and thick paneer ki jalebi, which uses a cottage cheese paste in lieu of much of the flour that goes into the more common jalebi. It is extremely popular in Ramzan, along with other festive delicacies such askhoya samosa, keema samosa (shaped like gujiya and stuffed with minced meat) and paneer ke pakode.
Address: Shop no. 4-5, Jama Masjid, Gate no. 1, Matia Mahal.
Aslam Chicken Corner
This eatery is famed for its unique interpretation of the butter chicken, and has been a Walled City favorite for 18 years. The cooking technique includes a stint in the tandoor for the chicken before it is bathed in creamy gravy. The chicken pieces are first marinated in a special combination of spices. A separate chulha is used to heat large blocks of butter which is then combined with curd and poured generously over the scrumptious chicken pieces. The melted butter seeps into the chicken thereby softening it and the curd lends a tangy taste to the dish and cuts through the butter. The chicken is served in a steel container with a basket of rumali roti.
This Ramzan, Aslam Chicken Corner has also started offering chicken seekh kebabs, with a nice flavour of green chillies and Amul butter.
Address: 540, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.
Established 25 years ago by Muhammad Zahid, the place is currently managed by his son, Zohaib. Cool Point is mainly famous for its shahi tukda (bread deep fried in pure ghee and then dipped in thick cream and sugar syrup) and phirni (a mouthwatering dessert of milk and crushed rice served in clay containers). Cool Point is also known for its kesar milk, badam milk, lassi and mango and vanilla ice cream.
Address: 973, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.
Pehalwaan Biryaniwale, also known as Biryani Mirch Masala, is located directly opposite to the Ameer Sweet House in Haveli Azam Khan. The owner, Haji Mohd. Anwar, opens up at 5pm and sells biryani right until 2am. The meat, marinated in salt and chillies, is cooked separately and added to the rice. After adding masala, the dish is cooked on low heat (ondum) in a big tub covered with cloth. This type of biryani does not need complementary dishes like raita and the smell itself is enough to make your stomach growl.
Address: Shop no. 701, Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid.
Article source: Huffington Post
And there you have it! Which of these places to eat in Old Delhi during Ramzan are you going to visit first? Let us know in the comments below. And also, you can make your experience of visiting these super cool eateries a lot more amazing by booking a bike from WheelStreet Bike Rentals and riding to them, instead of walking.