It’s the Ramzan time! And I am sure you all foodies can’t wait to devour some lip-smacking delicacies. If you are in Mumbai then you are in luck as the famous lane of Mohammed Ali Road near Masjid Bandar offers you a treat of the lifetime.
But hang on there tiger! Though the place may offer a variety of delicious savories, it’s easy to get lost in a barrage of eateries and you may not have the best of the experience. Again, thank your lucky stars cause Khaki Tours have come up with an ingenious plan to elevate that lip-smacking experience.
Khaki Tour’s #RamzanRamble is a month long food walk open for all the foodies who have never been to Mohammed Ali road before. So what’s so special about a food walk? Well, to start off – their itinerary.
For the sake of simplicity, let’s talk about each food item that I got the pleasure of devouring. The first on the list was Badami Haleem. It’s a special dish which is particularly prepared in Mumbai (Jogeshwari) the month of Ramzan. Mutton and pulses are cooked overnight for at least 8-10 hours to give it a finishing touch. The result? It’s amazeballs. Special stalls are erected during the festive season that gets you your favorite Haleem all the way from Hyderabad (it’s a pretty common dish over there). If cooked right, the Haleem, garnished with badam, is not too mild not too strong striking a beautiful balance.
Next on the list was Bhandoli. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it has anything to do with the word ‘Bhand’. It’s actually a desi version of a pancake. Made up of egg batter and coconut milk, it should be devoured when hot. On another note, this tradition of making Bhandoli has been doing the deed for almost 35 years now. You’ll find a quaint little stall with a picture of a lady hanging from the side in the middle of a crowded lane. The lady in the picture is the one who started this eatery. So look out for that.
What do you get when you mix up Gulab Jamun and Jalebi? Mawa Jalebi! They are as sweet as jalebi without the artificial coloring. A peculiar specialty of Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh.
If you are a Mumbaikar then I am sure you know what Bademiyaan is. But what you don’t know (probably) is that there’s an additional outlet of Bademiyaan at Mohammed Ali Road that opens its door only in the month of Ramzan. What’s so special? Chicken soup, Jabaan (goat tongue) fry, Jabaan soup. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea so can easily skip this.
Mohammed Ali Road offers quite a variety of eateries but one major drawback about the place is the crowd. It’s jam packed with little to no room to walk with ease. It’s the go-to place for every foodie during the festive season which makes it a bit commercial. Thanks to Khaki Tour, I was introduced to a different side of Ramzan or rather a different lane. The Bohri Mohalla, opposite to Minara Masjid is equally delightful offering the same cuisine.
On our way, we stopped at a cold drink stalled named Idris. Unusual name and unusual drinks too! They are known for their soda and milk based drinks that they offer at dirt cheap rates. Try the Varyali drink which tastes the same as absinthe minus the alcohol. It’s sure to refresh you amidst the humid atmosphere.
Quickly following up on the drink, we gathered around a table at this famous joint called Jinali. It’s located at the junction of Pakmodiya street and their Chicken Kasturi Sandwich and Chicken Baida Roti are to die for. Whatever you do, Do Not Miss This.
To end our walk, we gathered at this small joint named Taj Ice Creams. Unlike other ice-cream parlors, they make use of age-old method of churning the milk by hand. The end product is simply delicious. Try the Guava flavor and trust me when I say this – you won’t be disappointed.
As a foodie, this is your heaven. But there’ so much more. Mr. Vinayak, our guide was well versed with his knowledge of food and the local eateries. We were loaded with a plethora of information, facts, and trivia about the place. Despite living in Mumbai for years, it’s a shame that we know so little. Khaki Tour is not only for a hardcore foodie but also for a history lesson aficionado.