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RAMAZAN – THE FASTING AND THE GREAT FEASTING

ramzan-2The holy month of Ramazan signals evenings of culinary delight for people, mohallas are decked up with food stalls and mouth watering delicacies, pulling all to its smells and wafts. One thing that everyone looks out for during Ramzan is the evening Iftari, that is the scrumptious meals eaten in the evening when people break their daylong fast. Our weekend special feature today is on this holy month of Ramazan – the fasting and the great feasting. As the sun sets, food lanes are abuzz with cooking activities inviting you to feast on a sumptuous spread to break the day-long fast in the Holy month of Ramadan. The moment Azan is heard, the fast is traditionally broken with dates and a glass of water. But what follows is an extravagant and delicious food marathon. Apart from a variety of fruit, sumptuous kebabs, tikkas, bhajiyaas, malpua also makes a tasty appearance. Talking about Ramzan and good food, one place that ranks high with the city’s foodies, is the Jama Masjid at Nerul. The masjid lane which is a choc-a-bloc throughout the month, sees gourmands and gourmets alike, flocking from far and wide. Walking into the lane, one is beguiled by the wafting scent of chicken roasting on a charcoal flame, and kebabs cooking on giant tawas. And after the first bite one soon forgets the heat emerging from the grilling and cooking. The food served at the eateries of this street provides sustenance for body and succour for the soul after observing a fast from dawn to dusk. Infact, heavy rush of food lovers keep the eatery owners on their toes till dawn of next day. And if one really wants to relish the food then forget about fork and spoons and use your good old hands. During the holy month of Ramzan, fasting occupies central space in the hearts and minds of Muslims, but apart from fasting, Ramzan is also synonymous with gastronomic indulgence…once the sun goes down. And it is during this time that the ‘mohallas’ do not differentiate between rich and poor, celebrity and common man. They all rub shoulders and make their way to the roadside makeshift eateries and cherish their bites. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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