The holy month of Ramzan sees dawn-to-dusk fasting as much as it experiences dusk-to-dawn feasting, Iftari in particular being the scene of some impressive gastronomic action. Queen of the Iftaari delicacies is undoubtedly the Haleem. In Arabic, modified Haleem means patient and this Ramzan-star storms Kolkata with its rich taste and heady flavors.
Whatsup Life takes delicious Haleem Tour of the city:-
Started in 1929, since pre-independent British period in Kolkata, Aminia sits strong amidst the chaos of New Market and this is exactly where you will be served the authentic Haleem. Preparation begins the night before. Stunning variety is available ranging from Maghaz to Zubaan to Paaya. The Beef Arbi is the most popular treat and needless to say must-try.
Visit: 6A S.N.Banerjee Road, New Market, Kolkata
The Kolkata Biriyani destination, Arsalan probably dishes out the most delectable form of this dish. 7 kinds of Daal along with 25 different kinds of spices go into preparation. It is believed during Ramzan, 400 plates are sold everyday. The aromas keep you happy and hearty.
Visit: 28 Circus Avenue, Park Circus, Kolkata
Single Bowl@Rs. 175
This classic dish turns astonishingly royal at Zeeshan. It is laboriously prepared by Lucknowi Karigar. Endless plates are presented every day. With right portion of Lentils and most succulent Mutton and Chicken cooked with flavor-some spices on simmer heat for cool 8 hours, can treat ever be more lavish?
Visit: 17 Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus, Kolkata
Call: 033- 22806842
Single Bowl@ Rs. 160
Shiraz is one of the venerated names in Kolkata for Mughlai Cuisine. This Traditional dish from the Shiraz kitchen is ravishing. If you crave for the heavy richness go for the Shahi Haleem and when you want to keep it subtle, opt for Irani Haleem with mild-spice and tender chunks of chicken only to be melted away in your mouth.
Visit: 135 Park Street Kolkata
Single Bowl@ Rs.170
A bowl of Special Haleem combining tender meat with lentils at the Royal India Hotel is special Iftari gift. Located near Nakhoda Masjid, Royal India Hotel is known for its generous helping. The Special Chicken variety here is definitely the pride dish. This heady-velvet dish makes this place regular haunt during Ramzan.
Visit: 147 Rabindra Sarani, Burrabazar, Kolkata
Situated in Kidderpore, India Restaurant almost gets the city alive with its Iftaari delicacies especially Special Mutton Haleem. The slow-cooked preparation is star relish. The dal-wheat-meat-masala broth create little explosions of pure pleasure in your mouth.
Visit: 34 Karl Marx Sarani, Kolkata
Operating since last 80 years, the famous Aliah has now revamped as New Aliah Hotel but the cuisine carries the century old aura. Creamiest form of Mutton Haleem are available. Aliah claims to use purest Saffron which brings the difference. Quality of products used surely adds to the taste.
Visit: 31 Bentinck Street, Esplanade, Kolkata