Relishing Ramzan


Relishing Ramzan

From my childhood I have kept hearing about Nakhoda Masjid but never had the chance of visiting it. You may call it an irony that we often keep ignoring the very landmarks of our own city since we never look at them as a place of interest. This year however I have made I made it a point to visit it at least once. Surprisingly I made more than one trip since once is just not enough.

I am not a street photographer so had no prior experience of shooting street shots so tried my best to click some, hope you like them. I love to eat thus this photo blog will feature fifty photographs and some related information about it. I would however recommend you to visit this place personally to experience a culinary delight.

You can reach Nakhoda Masjid by Bus, Car, Bike or Metro. Nearest Metro station with be M. G. Road and if you are coming by Car or Bike then park your vehicle behind Poddar Court and take a short walk. You can take the tram also but I would not recommend that since it can be hell of a slow ride. There are many Bus plying to Rabindra Sarani so hop into any one of them.

Map to Zakaria Street
Red Line Indicates the Streets around Nakhoda Masjid where you get Good Food

The lanes and by lanes are quite narrow and with the hawkers overflowing on the streets moving around will be an art that you need to muster. Flow along with the crowd when required and move aside if you want to check out a street vendor.

Nakhoda Masjid
Nakhoda Masjid (Mosque)
Cars, Trams, Rickshaw & People – Nakhoda Masjid can be Seen at a Distance
Cars, Trams, Rickshaw & People – Nakhoda Masjid can be Seen at a Distance
Zakaria Street
Flood of People
Zakaria Street
Zakaria Street – Right in front of Nakhoda Masjid

As you enter Zakaria Street you can see the festivities at its full swing. Hawkers everywhere can be seen selling food products, clothes, Ittar (perfume), Lachha etc. You will see the Sherbet seller selling Rooh Afza and the dry food sellers. You can see a steady customer to the Sherbet seller as all the shopping usually makes people thirsty. Some of them were buying Sherbets in pet bottles since being Ramzan time they are not allowed to drink so they keep them for use during Iftar.

Rooh Afza
Rooh Afza Served with Ice
Rooh Afza
Rooh Afza Served with Ice
Dry Fruits and Channa
Dry Fruits and Channa

If you a little further you will get the bread sellers. From buns to flat dough bread you get a variety of choice. Some would be sugar coated while some are stuffed.

Bread Seller
Bread Seller with various Flat Round Breads
Various Types of Bread
Various Types of Bread
Various Types of Bread, Buns and Biscuits
Various Types of Bread, Buns and Biscuits
Various Types of Bread, Buns and Biscuits
Various Types of Bread, Buns and Biscuits

Ramzan is incomplete if you do not taste Halim for Iftar and over here you get all the options. You will find many shops selling Halim but the famous ones are Sufia and Aminia. For experimentation you can surely try the Maghaz Halim.

Halim at Sufia
Queue for Halim at Sufia Restaurant
Halim at Aminia
Queue for Halim at Aminia Restaurant
Halim at Aminia Restaurant
Halim at Aminia Restaurant

If you are not that hungry then you can surely try some snacks or pack some delicious desserts available at Aminia Restaurant. You have the option of Chops, Burger, Parathas, Keema Cheese Roll etc. If you have a sweet tooth then try out Sahi Tukra, this is highly recommended. It’s made of bread which is served in Kheer and thickened milk.

Snacks and Desserts
Snacks and Desserts
Snacks to Nibble
Snacks to Nibble
Delicious Desserts
Delicious Desserts

One of the signature dish of Eid is Sevai Kheer, you get a chance to buy regular, roasted, Lachha and various other branded and unbranded varieties. Get yourself a pack which you can surely enjoy back home.

Sevai and Lachha (Vermicelli) Seller
Sevai and Lachha (Vermicelli) Seller
Lachha (Vermicelli)
Lachha (Vermicelli)
Sevai (Vermicelli)
Sevai (Vermicelli)

There is a small restaurant called Taskeen where you get excellent fried chicken. You need to buy the chicken by weight and then its marinated and fried for you. I would also recommend the Faluda from this shop.

Taskeen’s Fried Chicken
Taskeen’s Fried Chicken
Taskeen’s Fried Chicken
Taskeen’s Fried Chicken (Each Piece is labelled for Weight Indication)
Taskeen’s Fried Chicken
Taskeen’s Fried Chicken
Taskeen’s Faluda
Taskeen’s Faluda

Having fruit and vegetable salads is quite popular to break the fast during Ramzan and throughput the lane you will find several street vendors selling them. Date Palm form an integral part of this and you get verities of them, from local unbranded ones to imported packed ones.

Ingredients for a Perfect Vegetable Salad
Ingredients for a Perfect Vegetable Salad
Some Prefer a Juicy Watermelon
Some Prefer a Juicy Watermelon
Some Prefer a Bowl of Fruit Salad
Some Prefer a Bowl of Fruit Salad
Some Prefer a Bowl of Fruit Salad
Some Prefer a Bowl of Fruit Salad
Date Palm
Date Palm

Fries are an all-time favourite for most of us and especially in Kolkata they are apt for any season. You get to buy piping hot brinjal, potato, mixed vegetable fries coated in batter.

Hot Fries
Hot Fries
Hot Fries
Hot Fries
Hot Fries
Hot Fries

Kebabs… I am sure your mouth is watering by now and out here the options are galore. You can try Boti Kebab, Khiri Kebab, Sutli Kebab, Tangri Kebab, Rashmi Kebab etc. Since you won’t be able eat all thus would suggest to eat some and pack the rest so that you can have it back home. It’s always recommended to have them with freshly chopped onion and a sprinkle of lemon on top.

Khiri and Sutli Kebab
Khiri and Sutli Kebab
Khiri and Sutli Kebab
Khiri and Sutli Kebab
Sutli Kebab Being Grilled in Hot Charcoal
Sutli Kebab Being Grilled in Hot Charcoal
Reshmi Kebab Being Grilled in Hot Charcoal
Reshmi Kebab Being Grilled in Hot Charcoal
Reshmi Kebab
Reshmi Kebab
Boti Kebab on the Grill
Boti Kebab on the Grill

Another popular item out here is fried fish…. Yes you have heard me correct fried fish and they are sold in huge quantities. Similar to that of chicken they are weighed first and priced accordingly and then deep fried. The pieces look gigantic something that you usually don’t associate with fried fish.

Fried Fish
Fried Fish
Fried Fish
Fried Fish
Fish Being Weighed before Frying
Fish Being Weighed before Frying

Since you are in Bengal you have to have something sweet and to end it how about some hot Jalebis and Imarti? Piping hot they will surely burn your tongue.

Jalebis being fried
Jalebis being fried
Fresh Imarti
Fresh Imarti

Even though this blog is about food it’s hard to miss the Eid shopping, you get some of the very fine clothing out here. Kurtas, Sherwani, Caps, Ittar etc. are available and will be spoilt for choice. The price out here is also very reasonable and a good bargain is always on the cards.

Prayer Caps
Prayer Caps
Cap Seller
Cap Seller
Kurtas
Kurtas
Ring Seller
Ring Seller
Incense Stick Seller
Incense Stick Seller
Dress Seller
Dress Seller
Dress Seller
Dress Seller

Are you still waiting? Well I have shown you rather tempted you enough so head to Zakaria Street and indulge yourself for some of the finest Mughal cuisine. Till then goodbye and bon appétit.

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8 thoughts on “Relishing Ramzan

  1. Dear Subhadip, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderfully pictorial and well-phrased blog posts. This post is equally interesting like all your previous ones. I particularly liked your photos of relishing kebabs. Given the opportunity I would visit the food-street next year during the holy month of Ramadan. Thanks again for the visual treat and keep up your good work.

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  2. I love Firni/ feni sevaia and dates…. nice post and so many photographs!! However, I avoid going out in bazars during all festivals….too much of crowd, rush, chaos is a big turn off for me 😦

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