PUNE: Come the holy month of Ramzan and huge streetside eating joints, serving some of the best of Iftaar delicacies every evening, crop up in the city. The mouthwatering and predominantly non-vegetarian dishes served at these Ramzan special eateries are a great hit amongst Puneites.
Speaking about the delicacies that he serves, Sharif Ali Sheikh, operating Sharif Caterers (presently in Kausarbaug, Kondhwa) during Ramzan since last 15 years, said, “My dalcha rice, malpua rabdi, Ramzan special dishes like kadi gosht, chicken kadi, mutton kadi, chakori, etc, are popular among the public. Along with these, I also experiment with other dishes.”
During weekends and later part of the month of Ramzan, when the footfall is high, Sheikh also introduces new varieties of kebabs. At Imdadi, off Azam Campus Street in Camp, along with traditional dalcha, biryani and innumerable chicken dishes, this year, they have introduced a special variety called tandoori butter chicken.
A chance for fans of both kinds of chicken (tandoori and butter chicken) an opportunity to savour them in one dish.
Butter teetar, a rare delicacy, is one of the specialities of Nawabi Caterers in Kausarbaug Kondhwa operated by Abeed Syed.
“Along with teetar (Grey Francolin), starters made of chicken and malpua rabadi (desert) are some of the most popular dishes sold at my stall. Around 1,500 people come to my stall every day. Ramzan eateries in the city are so popular with the food lovers because the kind of non-vegetarian food that is served here would never be found anywhere else in the city. The variety, the taste of the cuisine that we offer is very unique,” Syed said.
Another interesting stall in Kausarbaug belongs to Altaf Syed of Pakko Caterers, who serves some of the very peculiar yet interesting dishes.
“Chicken kukduku (made of chicken breast piece), fish kebab, chicken Alif Laila (again made of breast piece), brown biryani are some of the dishes that are sold a lot here,” said Syed.
WHAT’S HIT THIS RAMZAN?
- Pakko Caterers in Kondhwa offers pyaaz ki kheer (onion kheer), mirchi ka halwa (chilli halwa) and banana halwa
- Do try kulfi kebab (chicken kheema kebab in the shape of kulfi) and Lucknowi pulav at Sharif Caterer’s stall in Kondhwa.
- Butter teetar is being savoured by many at Nawabi Caterers in Kondhwa.
- Imdadi’s tandoori butter chicken is a big hit at Imdadi in Camp.
In case you are wondering whether the prices of these delicacies would cut a hole in your pocket, do not worry as most of these eateries serve food at a reasonable rate.
- The cost for two ranges between Rs 400 to Rs 700.
- While big Iftar eating joints are accepting debit/credit card payment, smaller stalls still prefer cash transaction.
- Most of these stalls bring in cooks from gastronomically rich cities like Agra, Lucknow and Hyderabad.