Kolkata is buzzing with life during the Ramadan season. Despite the heat and controversy regarding carcass meat, nothing stops a Kolkatan from trying out Iftar delicacies at Zakaria street which ranges from Haleem to a variety of Kebabs, Meethi Malai, Dates, Fruits, Lassis and so much more. However, if you are looking for a place to sit and enjoy your Iftari, then head on to these places for a pleasurable dining experience along with the choicest of Iftar menu.
Haleem at Alfresco
Ramadan comes in with the excitement of haleem being sold across city outlets. While most of the famous Mughlai joints make traditional Kolkata Haleem, our pick would be Hyderabadi Haleem freshly prepared every Friday evening at Alfresco, The Lalit Great Eastern. Widely different in taste and texture, the Hyderabadi version is a thick paste of mutton along with the lentils, wheat and barley and loaded with ghee and crispy fried onions.
Malai Kulfi at The GT Route
The GT Route is known for their Awadhi style of food preparation and their biryani and kebabs are simply a top grade. This year for Ramadan, they have crafted a small menu with the choicest of dishes to break your fast. Amongst the many, the Malai Kulfi is one of the best that you will find. It is deliciously creamy frozen dessert served with Falooda.
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Keema Samosa at Sanjha Chulha
Sanjha Chulha is popular for its North West frontier cuisine and like last year, this year too they are doing an Iftar special menu. Only this time it is in the form of a box which contains your favourite fast-breaking snacks. Our pick from the box would be the Mutton Keema samosa, perfectly spiced and just right to satiate your palate.
Murg Tangdi Mumtaz at Kareem’s
Kareem’s has a specially curated Ramadan menu across both its outlets in Salt Lake and Park Street. An assortment of kebabs and fresh fruit juices along with lassi is what you can look for. Try the Murg Tangdi Mumtaz Kebab which comes in a portion of 3 and you will not regret it.
Shahi Tukda at Royal Indian Hotel
Earlier, the one branch at Burrabazar was quite an inconvenience for lovers of this brand to savour their biryani whenever they wanted. But, now with the Ballygunje branch, life has become much simpler. You want a Royaler Biryani or a Mutton Chaap, just go to the Ballygunje branch without any hassle of parking. Leaving biryani aside, they do prepare a mean Shahi Tukda and this Ramadan, do make it an effort to try out this dessert made in ghee and loaded with thinly sliced almonds.
For someone who's run two restaurants, being a baker and cook par excellence comes easily to Madhushree . When she's not eating out, she's organizing her own pop ups or experimenting with regional recipes. Her experiments with food and her recipes are part of Pikturenama , where she's a co founder.