Monday, November 7, 2011

70 Days After Ramzan.

Its Eid- Al- Adha today popularly known as Bakri Eid. It is the festival of sacrifice to commemorate the day Ibrahim was willingly ready to sacrifice his son Ishmael to show obedience to God. However, God intervened and provided Ibrahim with a sheep to sacrifice instead the life of his son. 
This is still practiced in which a goat bakri is slaughtered and the meat is used to prepare a feast for the family and community. Biryani, kababs, goat curry are the popular dishes.

There was a thread of discussion on biryani cravings on the Mumbai Food Bloggers Page. Papa just told me that Shaffi uncle's wife is sending us some homemade Lucknow style biryani and kababs. I'm really excited. Its my birthday tomorrow so this is going to be a treat to eat homemade super sexy biryani from Lucknow. 

However, I remembered that I had taken some lovely pictures of Ramzan a few months back. I had taken my friend Mark to Mohammed Ali Road at the Minara Masjid area for to check out food scene. I had seen this post on Mumbai Paused and could not stop drooling. 

It was the monsoon and it was raining that night. We walked down the street during prayer time, it was a solemn affair. Right after the prayers, the place was alive. Stalls selling- chicken soups, kababs, tikkas, botis, niharis, fried chicken, breads, and of course biryani. Stall after stall, some sit down restaurants. Turn in a different direction and there are dessert stalls frying up malpua, jalebis, serving cold firni, badam flavored milk, pancakes, ladoos with fried puris. It was alive, energetic and most of people despite fasting without food and water all day were very friendly, explaining the food and tradition, open to discussions, and most of all everyone had a smile on their face. A nation of smiles. And why shouldn't they be, after a long hard day of fasting, this food would be the ultimate satisfaction.

Back to the best biryani debate- I ate some really fantastic biryani here that night. The best chicken biryani ever.

So without wasting more time & before I forget - I want to share with you the pictures I took during Ramzan almost 70 days ago. Looking forward to my biryani tomorrow. Yum!


Smiling away despite all the smoke. Some really succulent chicken kababs.
To die for Nihari- the restaurant owner told us that he sources his marrow for the Nihari for Rs 400 a kgs. The nihari is cooked for hours.

Also have you seen The Dewarists yet. The second episode with Zeb & Haniya and Shantanu and Swanand in Mumbai - they go to Minara Masjid for a meal in the rain and eat some really amazing kababs as well. We could have crossed paths that night. They came up with the most amazing song in collaboration as a group. I love this song and the lyrics are beautiful.

15 comments:

  1. great post jo!

    love the images and the atmosphere (and ofcourse the font on the images)

    very well captured

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  2. Lovely pictures and happy birthday...I am sure the biryani will make the celebrations even more memorable

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  6. Yum, I count 5 hot guys in your pics! I want so desparately to get married, but the dowry costs alone are killing my family! Papa said there will barely be enough money for a cheap-ass bridal gown! Which is cheaper but prettier: a red one or a white one?

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    1. I have never been to India. Looking at your photos here, India seems so interesting! Your photos are like telling stories about life of these food sellers. Love them!

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  7. I just saw the video. The song is beautiful. The video is also artistically produced.

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  8. Hey thank JC. Appreciate the compliments. I do love to capture the essence of a place. I love the inner streets of my city and its people. Love Mumbai for that.

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  9. I watched The Dewarists episode that featured Zeb & Haniya this afternoon and it was a really inspiring documentary for upcoming musicians, especially so for the women musicians! I am planning to watch all the other available episodes of The Dewarists.

    Btw, what is the meaning of Dewarists in Hindi? Is it 'musicians'?

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  11. Appreciate the compliments. I do love to capture the essence of a place. I love the inner streets of my city and its people. Love Mumbai for that.

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  13. Lovely pictures and happy birthday...I am sure the biryani will make the celebrations even more memorable

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