Every year, during the holy month of Ramadan, Mosque Road in Frazer Town converts into a major hub for food lovers. Several stalls are set up selling a variety of Iftar treats by the road side, and every year, the number of stalls just keep getting bigger and bigger.
Now, you don’t have to go to Frazer Town for Iftar treats as stalls are set up outside every major mosque in Bangalore during the holy month of Ramadan. But Mosque Road being what it is attracts are a larger number of people. I have been Mosque Road with friends in previous years, but this year I wanted to capture some photos for my blog.
After meeting up with a friend, we rode down to Frazer Town, parked my bike near Savoury Restaurant and walked up to Mosque Road.
Stalls were set up away from Mosque Road too
Heads up: a lot of meat in this blog post
Mutton kheema and stir fried egg next to it
This was an organization handing out free copies of the Quran (in English). I asked for a copy as I have always wanted to read for myself what was myth and what is actually quoted in the Holy Book.
I moved to Mosque Road where sheek kebabs were being cooked over charcoal. Beef, chicken, and of course mutton were on offer.
This stall was selling Brazilian beef. When I asked the guy why he wasn’t selling Indian beef, the owner just shrugged and said this “tastes better”. Oh well, I know why. None the less, I packed some.
Beef and colourful chicken kebabs beside it. Really put off by the use of food colour in meat.
Idiyappams and chicken kebabs?
Beef sukka. Sampled some and it tasted okay.
We then crossed over to the other side where much of the big stalls on Mosque Road were
That’s mutton being cooked on a huge slab or stone over a charcoal fire They call it pathar gosht (pathar = stone; gosht = mutton)
There were many of these food tents set up beside Mosque Road
It was crowded!
Mutton haleem. Haleem, for the uninitiated, is a thick gravy like dish made using wheat, barley, lentils and meat (plus spices).
I don’t think I could have even stood here and ate something. Too stuffy and way too many people passing through.
Lots of sweets on offer!
There wasn’t a whole lot of sea food available and given the ‘Bangalore premium’ for seafood, whatever that was on offer was kinda expensive.
There were many more stalls alongside Mosque Road
We went in here next
Chicken samosas, chicken fry, chicken kebabs, chicken this, chicken that…
More beef and mutton grilled on stone
Packed up some firny (sweet)
And picked up some chocolate cupcakes
I had some pudding next, which was yum!
Even though much of the activity was on the right side, I crossed the road to check out what was on offer on the other lane on Mosque Road
Much of the same, albeit far less glamourous that’s all
There weren’t too many different varieties of food on offer this side
After packing up some more food, I left Mosque Road. It’s obvious the annual Ramadan treats have grown into a big business opportunity for vendors over these past few years. It wasn’t this crowded when I visited 2 years ago. People of all faiths turn up to try out the food. Of course there were a few ignorant people. One guy was silly enough to ask if pork was available! 😛
Also, the prices this year weren’t low by any street food means. A plate of pathar gosht was sold for Rs. 200, and the quantity was only good enough for just one person. A stick of just three chicken-cheese balls cost Rs. 50. Don’t even ask about the sea food prices.
Still, if you have an opportunity to check out the fare on Mosque Road, do so if you have never visited the stretch during Ramzan before. And do it before Eid. Happy feasting!