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Every festival brings with it a special spread of delicacies and Eid is no exception. While Eid-ul-Fitr is all about savouring the sweets, Eid-ul-Adha which culminates with Bakra Eid lays out the mutton delicacies. While traditional sweets like Khubani Ka Meetha and Shahi Tukda are also dished out, it is the meat that takes centre stage on this day. According to tradition, the mutton dishes are not just reserved for family and friends but also shared among the lesser privileged. While there are no special food festivals on in Chandigarh on the occasion, there are many restaurants here that offer a sumptuous spread of biryanis, succulent kebabs and of course, mutton dishes like Nalli Nihari. If you are looking for recommendations, read on:
Raan Sikandari, Pashtun, Sector 35, Chandigarh
It is arguably the city’s oldest ethic Indian restaurant that prides itself for its authentic North West Frontier cuisine and consistent quality. While the menu offers a robust selection of kebabs and curries, it is Raan Sikandari that you must-try on a special occasion. Made from the toughest cut of the lamb, the Raan at Pashtun is succulent and is served in a dramatic flambé style.
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Mutton Chapli Kebab at Baluchi, The Lalit
This Indian fine-diner is known for its robust menu that packs in specials from all over India. This Eid, if you are planning a meal out at Baluchi, do not miss ordering the Mutton Chapli Kebab for starters. It lives up to its melt-in-the-mouth reputation and distinct flavour. It also goes very well with the assortment of Baked Naans from the in-house Naan-ery here.
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Nalli Gosht at Dera, Taj Chandigarh
It is an all-time favourite mutton delicacy that is slow cooked patiently. Eid is a special occasion and it is no surprise that exotic mutton dishes are prepared with a lot of love. If you looking to savour an authentic Mutton Stew, head over to Dera, the speciality Indian diner at Taj Chandigarh. The Nalli Gosht on the menu here is a special preparation of lamb shanks cooked with aromatic spices. Pair it with a Tandoori Naan and Raita for a complete meal.
Mutton Korma at Karim's Delhi 6, Sector 7, Chandigarh
A celebration of Eid would be quite incomplete if you did not dig into a freshly made bowl of Mutton Korma paired with a soft, fresh-off-the-tawa Roomali Roti. The menu at Karim’s Delhi 6 might be popular for a range of dishes, but it is the Mutton Korma that has a steadily increasing fan base. The korma is rich but the flavours are spot on. Be prepared, it is a decadent meal and sits heavy on the palate.
Biryani at Noorani, Sector 7, Chandigarh
Biryani is an all-time favourite rice dish which comes in so many variants. Cooked in dum style, the Mutton Biryani is a meal in itself. It is no surprise that it finds itself in every restaurant menu. But if you are looking for a truly authentic one, do try the Noorani Special Biryani on offer at Noorani, a small diner tucked away in Sector 7. The eatery specialises in biryani and offers various options. The Special Biryani combines both mutton and chicken biryani. It is served in a handi and the flavours are nicely packed in. If you are having friends or family over this Eid, you would not want to miss ordering from here. The only sore point is that they are picky about home delivery and charge extra for most sectors.
A seasoned journalist, Jagmeeta has worked with The Indian Express for 16 years writing extensively on food, popular culture and fashion. A Master's in English, she completed her honours in Journalism from Delhi University and started her career in journalism with New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter. She was part of the launch team for NDTV.com. Having turned a freelance writer and editor in 2016, she has been writing for The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh and is also a contributor for The Voice of Fashion steered by IMG Reliance Ltd as well as Chandigarh's popular lifestyle portal - simplythecity.com. When she's not reviewing food or dissecting the season's trends, she likes to travel with her daughter and husband, a professional photographer. A photography enthusiast herself, Jagmeeta has also curated photo exhibitions and calls herself a collector of cookbooks and recipes and a proud 'fauji' daughter and sister.