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It was one of those rare lazy Sundays at home. I was just browsing through my long pending emails when I heard this azan call from the nearby mosque. And, then it struck me that it was the Ramadan month going on. Ramadan reminds me of the savories eaten at Iftar – the Haleem, the Kebabs and the Biryanis. The mere thought of these gastronomical delights woke up the lazily sleeping foodie in me.
What would be better than a street foodwalk to gorge on the delectable Ramzan cuisines. I had heard about the MM Road in Frazer Town. Me, my husband (he is another big foodie) and one of our foodie friend got geared up for the street foodwalk.
Driving through the busy roads of Residency Road, MG Road, and Infantry Road and through Shivajinagar we were in Frazer Town, Bangalore. We reached the Mosque Road. We did not have to make any efforts to search for the food street MM Road. You could make out from the dominating aroma of the meaty cuisines spread in the air. The smoke emanating from the frying kadhais and barbecues had filled the air.
We took a stroll to all the stalls set up on the side of the road opposite to the mosque. The sight of the barbecued kebabs and fried Keema Paratha had already set my tummy rumbling. It’s really interesting how there is a digestive link between our eyes, nose and the stomach. Leaving the digestive system to its work, it was time now to set the tongue on fire with the spicy Chicken Hariyali Kebab at the first stall. Gulping 3-4 of them, I headed to the red spicy tandoori chicken and a taste of the beef Kebab. I was not at all impressed by the beef. But if you eat beef, then there are a lot of options for beef eaters – different varieties of Beef Kebabs, Sheek Kebabs, Beef Haleem and Beef Biryani.
Time to taste the patiently cooked Haleem. Haleem, a paste of meat, lentils and wheat, is cooked on low flame for 12 hours. Haleem is mainly a mutton dish, but we could see the chicken and beef version also sold here. Every Ramzan I always have had the Haleem (mutton one) . Last year I had penned this article on our other blog Bangalore Captured. So this time I tried the Chicken Haleem. You can get the real taste of Haleem with the lime and the fried onions.
Walking along the stalls you can find the chicken samosa, the puffs, the marinated meats hung on the metal rods, beef kebabs in the barbecue and the most tempting Mutton Keema Paratha deeply fried in oil. I was tempted with the sight of Keema Paratha being prepared by the skillful hands rapidly folding the maida roti with the minced meat in the hot kadhai.
But my stomach was making little space for the Biryani. I didn’t want to go back without having the Biryani. Disappointingly we were quite late and all the Biryani was over by 8:30pm. The vendors told the Biryani is the first thing that gets over. So I had to be content just with the image of the vendor tossing the biryani from a big frying pan to small dabbas while we were enjoying our Kebabs
Now it was time to have some sweets. Though I am not a sweet tooth, I loved the Shahi Tukda, slices of toasted bread soaked in sweet syrup topped with cream and dry fruits.
For sweet lovers there are firnis, cheese cupcakes and do not forget to try Harira (Almond flavored milk). I was little disappointed not to find the Qubani Ka Meetha and Double ka Meetha. Now my stomach had given away completely. To end the feast we topped off the heavy food with the Sulaimani Tea.
Get started and gorge few of these Ramzan special cuisines as only last few days left. Go with an empty stomach so that you can sample most of the cuisines. It would be good if you reach early at least by 7:00 PM as the food starts getting over especially the Biryani and Haleem. Also, on the money part your pockets wouldn’t go very light as the foods are sold at a very reasonable price.
Signing off with the photos from the MM Road. Enjoy the food walk through the photos.