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Ramadan or Ramzan is a Muslim celebration of when the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Fasting is necessary for Muslims who aren’t sick, elderly, menstruating, breastfeeding, pregnant or travelling. It’s one of the famous Five Pillars of Islam.

My Muslim friends fast from dawn till dusk, and don’t have sex, eat, drink, or smoke. They spend a lot of time in prayers (Salat), along with reciting the Quran, doing charity and good deeds.

But for me, and most other Mumbaikars, or Bombay locals, or Indians who call Bombay their home, the most important is the Iftar. While Muslims fast most of the day, they are allowed to eat during the Suhur which is before dawn and the Iftar which is after dusk.

So like any normal Bombayite would, we went to the infamous Mohammed Ali Street one evening this June to participate in this month’s Iftar. Traditions are important. We try to participate as much as we can. Some of my friends go every day to enjoy these delicacies.

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Watching the embers from the shig on the way to Mohd Ali road

We get to watch the embers from the shigs in slow motion. Or maybe my camera is in slow motion? But it’s lovely, except for the embers that land on my sleeve and my brother’s pants.

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Making Malpua

We then pass a store on the way to Mohammed Ali Road where they’re making delicious Malpua, and serving it with mawa rabdi.

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Barricades to Mohd Ali Road

We finally reach Mohammed Ali Road and go past the barricades that are meant to leave the vehicles outside.

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A lot of street stalls, and a lot of litter

Anyway, we get onto Mohammed Ali Street and find a lot of litter. But this is Mumbai now, so how can you not find litter.

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Crowds, because we’re Bombay

The Ramadan Iftar Crowd in Bombay or Mumbai always contains people of every sect and religion. Here, we can see so many diverse citizens here just to partake in Iftar.

Reshmi, tangdi, malai kebabs - TheWingedFork
A variety of kebabs – reshmi, tangdi, malai and more

 

More chicken - they called it Tiranga but the white one was over - TheWingedFork
More chicken – they called it Tiranga but the white one was over

An assortment of food and more food, with seats for some patrons and place to stand for the others.

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There was an old man waiting for someone. He waited for some time…

 

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There’s a shop for bread

Yes, there’s a shop for bread. It looks like a regular shop that runs throughout the year instead of just for Ramadan or Ramzan.

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Dry fruit for Ramzan

There are stalls that sell dry fruit and sutarfeni for Ramzan. I’m not sure if this guy is posing because we’re taking pics or what 😉

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A better pic of the dry fruits

And when he moves we get a better pic of the dry fruits. Dates, anjeer, cashewnuts, almonds, and more… And not to forget the heaps of brown and white sutarfeni. Mmm!

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Chicken and mutton – rotis and rolls

And then there are the stalls with the chicken and mutton rotis and rolls, with and without eggs. Lush! See the guy cutting the onions in the left corner and the eggs stacked right there? Yes, that’s my hand in the pic. Forgive me, it’s really difficult to get pics in the middle of the throngs here.

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Phirni, sweetness for you

And then there’s phirni, traditional sweets made of rice, milk and dry fruit.

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A range of barfis

There are a range of barfis. My favorite from the storeSuleiman Usman Mithailwala is the black currant barfi. This store is open all year round, not just at Ramdadan.

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Always more sweets!

And there’s always so many more sweets to try.

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Some of the food we got home with

Of course, you have to remember that it’s the monsoon, and raining a lot. We’re drenched to the full, so take most of our loot home to eat. It was delicious as always. And no, I’m not going to show you any pics of the sweets we took home. You can guess 😉

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