Food for thought: Delhi’s Ramzan

Apart from the religious significance of Ramzan, the period when the Muslim community breaks their fast is known as “Iftaar.” This takes place at sundown, and scores of food items are lined back-to-back. Niharis, seviyaan, phirni, sheermal, kebabs, biryani, koftas are all typically iftaar meals.

Irrespective of which community they belong to, sadi Dilli’s foodies wait for this time of day to make their way to the streets of the old city: Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk. The air is filled with mouthwatering aromas wafting out of homes and select restaurants as rich gravies and wholesome meals are prepared.

Baqarkhani and mutton curry:

Head on over to Karim’s and dig into one of their many signature items such as the sheermal – a thick and sweet pancake, which team wells with their legendry mutton curry. That’s not all, tuck into their kebabs, tandoori chicken and boti biryani amongst others.

Delicious Niharis:

Yet another iftaar meal is Nihari – a traditional beef stew cooked for hours is also relished. Located at Fatehpuri near Jama Masjid at Old Delhi, Haji Shabrati Nihariwale is preferred by all nihari-loving Delhiites. Spicy and succulent, tuck into this thick gravy with some soft tandoori rotis. You could also visit Kallu ki Nihari in Chatta Lal Mian, or browse through the street food vendors along the alleys flanking the Jama Masjid.

Thanda sherbets:

For many, a thanda sherbet is what breaks the day-long fast after a hot September day. Haldirams (Chandni Chowk) has both milk-based and water-based drinks to quench your thirst. The Evergreen Sweet House (Green Park) for sherbets ranging from kala khatta to khus is also a hot favourite.


Try Giani Di Hatti (Fatehpuri) for their famous ice-creams and kulfis. Equally popular here are the urad-dal-halwa and the rabri. The crisp jalebis at the Rivadi Mishtaan Bhandaar (Maliwadi, Chandni Chowk) are equally delectable. But, for the perfect earthen pot of phirni, it is Karim’s again!

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