On this day when the entire city is rejoicing Eid-ul-Fitar with friends and family, I am sharing a few photos from my recent food walk on the fuming streets of Fraser Town in the form of a photo blog.
Fraser Town, for those who are not familiar with, is one of the hot spots in Bangalore, famous for its huge spread of Iftari food during the holy month of Ramzan. People from all around the city irrespective of their caste, will come here for some delicious food, great Suleimani chai and some good old adda. (Bengali’s version of a gathering to usually chit chat).
We started our food walk from Sheeshkebab, a well-known family restaurant just opposite to the Fraser Town Post Office on Mosque Road. This Persian styled restaurant is quite famous for its Mutton Biryani and Phirni but during Ramzan, they take special orders to prepare delicious aromatic Biryani by Kilo.
We tasted their mouth-watering Fish Fries and Chicken Curry Kebabs out of a wide range of succulent meat dishes, spread out neatly for the visitors.
Next, we tried some juicy Malai Chicken and Jungli Kebabs form a little shop called Ocean’s Edge, right at the corner of the street. Most of these little shops offer huge variety and spoil you for choices.
The pocket pinch in these street stalls is not exorbitant in comparison with the rest of the dine-ins. But if you are worried about the hygienic conditions in which the foods are prepared, you might want to stick with the dine-ins.
As you walk straight past the Hajee Sir Ismail Sait Masjid in evening, you will find a Charminar Kabab Paradise restaurant, crowded by many hungry souls. Here we tasted some sweets like Shahi Tukda, Lengcha and Mango Halwa. I usually prefer savory dishes over sweets but I just loved the Shahi Tukda from this shop. They like most other places, have sweets of different colors and flavors packed in small boxes, ready to be taken home for dinner.
At this corner of street, we were looking for two brothers who are quite famous in Facebook for their home-cooked Iftar desserts. On not able to find them, we moved on to check out the rest of the street stalls.
Finally, we crossed the road to reach The Deagh restaurant and tried their Phirni. Oh boy, your Iftar dinner is not finished if you haven’t tried Phirni and Falooda at the end. Phirni is a classic creamy sweet pudding made with powdered rice, milk, saffron, cardamom and garnished with almond pieces.
We were about to head back, when we found the two brothers, Rehman and Farman near the Haadee’s Take-away shop and stopped by to taste their internet famous Pista and Rose water Faloodas. Even though my stomach was protesting, the foodie in me had to parcel some for later. So, we took their Double Ka Mitha, Phirni and Apricot Halwa boxes home to savor them some other time. And we packed some Camel Pathar ka Gosht for home too! Don’t ask me how can we eat so much in one day, but yes we did.
After a while, we came back to Sheeshkebab restaurant (our starting point) and booked cabs to our respective destinations. But before that, we quickly purchased few cups of Blue lime soda for pallet cleansing.
Here is our complete route. Zoom in to check out the stops in map:
Some things to keep in mind for the food walk:
1. Try to be respectful of the people around you.
2. Keep yourself hydrated and carry your own water.
3. Do not litter and throw the plates/boxes/spoons in dustbins only.
4. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
5. You can start your walk early as crowd starts to pour in after 6 pm.
6. Most importantly, have lots of fun!
I think my favorite dish from this food walk is Camel Pathar ka Gosht and Rose water Falooda. I was introduced to Camel meat last year during our food walk in Kormangala and if you haven’t tried some, then I must insist that you should try some Camel and/or Rabbit meat at least once next time.
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Eid Mubarak friends!
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