New Delhi: Being the holy month of Muslims, Ramadan is also a delight for both, the Muslim community and other communities. The Ramadan’s hustle-bustle is surely worth watching with delicacies from around the world being served in this month.
And that is what food walk organisers help you with. “If food is your religion, then Ramzan is the season for you,” say food walk organisers.
From mouth-watering kebabs, Biryanis to different sorts of sweets, old Delhi has a lot to offer you in this month.
But a non-Delhiite would never know how to make it to these spots and it just where these food walkers come in as your savior.
The organization takes you through all the important places to visit during Ramadan while also exposing you to hidden eateries in this city that you might have missed.
Nowadays, many people are requesting private walks as against large group walks.
Tourists, expats, and even Delhiites are opting for these private walks in smaller groups, to understand the rituals of Ramzan along with discovering some of the best foods in the city.
This year with growing familiarity of Ramadan across the globe, Foreign tourists who are on a visit to Delhi during Ramadan requests several special customized arrangements. With some of them even asking for Iftar to Sehri customized experience.
Ramit Mitra, a walk organizer, says, “We had a request from a group of backpackers from the US, and they not only wanted to go for an iftar walk, but the customised walk that we have from iftar to sehri. We usually do group walks during weekends, but this year, our schedule was packed with private walks, not just on weekends, but on weekdays, too.”
Another Walk organizer Sachin Bansal says “We usually plan a four-hour walk, which includes tours, etc, that help tourists understand the culture and the rituals that are followed during Ramzan. The advantage of private walks is that we can skip a stop or activity which the group is not interested in.”
A smaller group from the US Embassy was also on the four-hour walk list.
The four-member walk which started at Chawri Bazar Metro Station around 6pm went all upto Jama Masjid with a private Iftar party being organized in the premises of Masjid.
The group also visited Abbas, who sells iftar-special sharbat. He said, “When people come in big groups, they finish their food and move on. But in these smaller groups, they stay to chat, ask about the method of preparation and also take photos and videos.”
Next, the group headed to bakery in Matia Mahal run by MS Khan. He says, “Foreign tourists are not just interested in these breads, but also ask about the making process. After 3-4 attempts, they’re are able to correctly pronounce sewaiyan and khajla.”
Matia Mahal is one of the popular stops during the food walks in this part of Delhi. Soumi Roy, one of the explorers asked the group, “Do you know why these kebabs are tastier than any other place in Delhi? Because they are cooked in ghee. Matia Mahal is famous for its ghee-rich Mughlai cuisine.”
Joliey Carey, a US Embassy official who was also a part of the food walk, said, “I have been to the Jama Masjid and this area before. Here, every item is quite delicious.”