Food is an integral part of Indian festivals and Eid is no exception. This ‘festival of sacrifice’ also referred to as Eid-ul-Adha, is a day of celebrations. Meat is divided into 3 parts; one is kept for family consumption, the second part for friends and the third, for the needy. On this day, several delicacies are prepared at home and shared with their friends and relatives. The festival Bakra-Id is celebrated all over Mumbai with much enthusiasm. One can even step into restaurants and relish some of the meat delicacies and sweets, synonymous with this festival. Several places in Mumbai offer a wide range to choose from. My top 5 picks in Mumbai.
Gosht Biryani at Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha, Mumbai
You can not possibly celebrate Eid and not relish a plateful of fragrant Biryani with chunks of well-cooked, lamb or gosht? This dish is hugely sought-after by gourmands. Cooked in dum style, the succulent pieces of meat, simply melt-in-the-mouth and paired with Salan and Raita, this complete meal leaves you craving for more. The biryani served at Dum Pukht is a delectable treat, few can resist.
Nalli Nihari at Neel, Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi
This slow-cooked Lamb Shank, is relished by all carnivores. Well-spiced, the mutton is soft and the gravy, delectable. Neel offers one, which is cooked to perfection and tantalises the taste buds. The waft of the garam masala, fills your nostrils, even before you bite into it. This flavourful dish with myriad spices is a must-eat on any feast.
Tandori Raan at Punjab Grill, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Robust and hearty, this roasted leg of lamb, replete with flavours, is a must-try. The good quality spice mix imparts its flavours that are unparalleled. Served with a pillowy soft, Cheese Onion Kulcha, at Punjab Grill, this Tandoori Raan will prove to be a piece de resistance this Eid.
Khubani ka Meetha at Masala Bay, Taj Lands End, Bandra
Last but not the least, indulge in this sinful and decadent Hyderabadi dessert made with apricots at Masala Bay and the memory is sure to linger on your taste buds. This is the perfect way to round off your Eid celebrations.
Shahi Tukda at Tamak, Santacruz
Sweets are an intrinsic part of any Indian meal and more so on a special occasion. This newly opened restaurant serves a delectable Shahi Tukda. Rich and creamy, the reduced milk dessert with bread, flavoured with saffron and cardamom, is a treat you owe yourself anytime and especially on Eid. Artfully presented, that further accentuates the wow factor.
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.