The holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan is celebrated worldwide by the Muslim community. One of the toughest practices observed during this month is to keep a fast throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, staying without water at times, apart from food. But as the day closes, everyone breaks their fast after to host iftaar parties consisting of a diverse range of delicacies. Dishes enjoyed by all, that are nothing less than mouth-watering.
And so we thought of making this holy month special by including a few delicacies in our menu as well. Our chefs whip up a storm in their kitchens to bring you these 11 Ramzan special dishes:
1) Chicken Cheese Kebabs:
Kebabs are all about the magic of marination. This grilled delicacy consists of chicken slices coated in yogurt, cream, eggs, cheese, cumin seeds, cardamom powder, ginger-garlic-chili paste, coriander leaves, roasted gram flour, pepper powder and salt. Simple, yet delicious!
2) Paneer Makhmali Kofta:
As the word makhmali suggests, these koftas are absolutely soft, melt-in-the-mouth kinds – velvety! Made from cottage cheese and khoya (reduced, evaporated milk) mashed well together, these fried koftas are cooked in a simple gravy consisting of poppy seeds-coconut paste, ginger, cumin seeds, garam masala, pepper powder, coriander powder and cream. It’s all about the right amount of flavours!
3) Chicken Khepsa/Kabsa Rice:
A middle-eastern rice dish, this is another example of simple spices coming together to create a classic! Chicken morsels sautéed with onions, garlic cloves, tomato puree, carrots, cumin and a Kabsa spice mix, cooked with rice in a pot and garnished with dry fruits.
4) Mutton Kaari:
A specialty and must-have in a Bohra household, kaari is another word for curry. This delightful curry consists of mutton chunks cooked with coconut milk, grated coconut, green chilies, cinnamon, hints of tamarind and a special kaari spice mix.
5) Vanilla Halwa:
A thick pudding made from mixing flour, vanilla essence, sugar and lots of dry fruits, this one is a must have dessert during Ramadan.
6) Rose Sherbet with Chia Seeds:
A delightfully refreshing drink that energizes your soul! Apart from the health benefits of chia seeds (sabja ke beej), they bring a unique flavour to the drinks. Known for their cooling property, chia seeds team up really well with rose syrup, sugar syrup and ice cold water!
7) Chutney Chicken Kebabs:
Chicken chunks marinated in generally mint-coriander-lemon juice, with a selection of spices and grilled to perfection. This one is a perfect blend of flavours for your taste buds.
8) Dry Fruit Milkshake:
Dry fruits like raisins, cashews, unsalted pistachios, dried figs, almonds and the likes blended with milk, sugar and garnished with a few strands of saffron for an aromatic, yummy drink!
An all-time favourite, this dish gains special attention during the month of Ramzan and is a meal in itself! Lentils soaked overnight, slow-cooked over a few hours with meat, onion, coriander powder, cumin seeds, saffron strands, garlic, chilies and more till the meat is really soft to bite into.
10) Dal Gosht:
Meat chunks cooked together with different lentils, garlic, chilies and a selection of spices to infuse the flavours together. A mouthwatering preparation and combination!
11) Chicken Reshmi Kebabs:
A marination of the simplest ingredients bring out a distinct flavour to these kebabs. Chicken morsels marinated in yogurt, cream, ginger-garlic paste, coriander leaves, almond-cashew paste, pepper and the likes to be grilled to a delightful perfection.
Holachef brings to you a spread from the festive menu. Try our Ramzan Special dishes made by some of the best chefs in town. Check them out at Holachef.com.