Food is an integral part of Indian festivals and Eid is no exception. This festival – Eid ul Fitr, which marks the first day of the month of Shawwal and the end of Ramzan, is a day of celebrations. After rigorous fasting for 40 days, people rejoice and celebrate over food- biryani, kababs, sweets, and more. Chefs in Mumbai restaurants go all out creating special menus, as people from all castes and creed join in the celebrations with their Muslim brethren. My top 5 picks.
Shahi Nehari at Dumpukht, ITC Maratha
Lamb, slow-cooked in a rich and delicious extract of almond paste and milk, along with special spices, is a dish you cannot miss on Eid. The unique flavour and texture, set this dish apart. Relish it with a garlic naan or tandoori roti this Eid.
Gernail Raan at Taftoon, BKC
A perfect dish for celebrations with family and friends, one must indulge in this raan, which comes with a dried masala roast gravy. Dunk your bread into it or relish I with pulao and salad. It certainly ushers in celebrations. A generous portion, it is apt for sharing.
Murg Yakhni pulao at Ummrao, Courtyard by Marriott, Andheri East
This aromatic and flavourful pulao, replete with spices, but distinct flavours, is a treat you must indulge in this Eid. Chef Qureshi ensures it teases your palate and yet, satiates you completely, fulfilling your meat cravings.
Robust and hearty, this medley of pulses, lentils, meat and cracked wheat, makes for a complete meal. Juliennes of ginger, green chilies and a dash of lemon adds the right zest to his creamy and lip-smacking dish, which entices you immediately when served.
Pelve at Neel Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi
Last but not the least, indulging in sinful and decadent desserts after a sumptuous meal is a must on any feast day. But skip the malpuas and shahi tukdas for a change and gorge on this rich Konkani Muslim dessert, Pelve, at Neel. Made with eggs, coconut and sugar, a spoonful of this will leave you craving for more.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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