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A festive spread of haleem, biryani and more

Festive fervour:Most of the hotels in the old city that dot the stretch of road from Nayapul to Shah Ali Banda serve ‘biryani’, ‘kebabs’, ‘haleem’ and a host of other meat preparations all through the night, starting from dusk.- PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Festive fervour:Most of the hotels in the old city that dot the stretch of road from Nayapul to Shah Ali Banda serve ‘biryani’, ‘kebabs’, ‘haleem’ and a host of other meat preparations all through the night, starting from dusk.- PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU  

An array of street food and the one served in restaurants enhances the lively atmosphere that prevails in the old city in the month of Ramzan. Apart from the shopping experience visitors to old city get to enjoy a food extravaganza from dusk till dawn.

Delicacies

In fact the hotels dish out a variety of dishes and delicacies starting from the delectable ‘haleem’ in the evening to a very Hyderabadi ‘Khichdi- kheema’.

Most of the hotels in the old city that dot the stretch of road from Nayapul to Shah Ali Banda serve ‘biryani’, ‘kebabs’, ‘haleem’ and a host of other meat preparations all through the night. These restaurants brim with public all through the night. Some come for the food while a few are those who are looking for some filling food between Eid shopping.

The first stop for a foodie here is Nayaab Hotel. Other than the popular ‘Hyderabadi haleem’ and ‘biryani’, items like ‘Bheja fry’ and ‘Talawa gosht’ are served here.

A little ahead from here is the Shadaab Hotel near the Madina Building, known for its wide variety of ‘kebabs’, ‘biryani’ and of course the ‘haleem’ along with the ‘Shadaab special lassi’.

Pista House at Shah Ali Banda popular for ‘haleem’ is open till the ‘Sehr’. In fact it has introduced a special ‘sehr meal’ for Rs. 120 a plate. However, one has to book the table in advance as the seating capacity here is for 200 people. If one likes to taste the popular ‘Sehr’ meal the ‘Khichdi Kheema’ then Iqbal hotel at the Purani Haveli is a preferred place.

Shah Ghouse is another famous hotel situated a little away from the Pista House. In fact the hotel never shuts down in the month of Ramzan. Food buffs are seen driving from far flung areas for its ‘biryani’ and ‘haleem’.

Early morning hour’s one also gets the south Indian tiffins like ‘idly’, ‘dosa’ and ‘vada’ at a few eateries in the early morning hours.

“I am regular to the old city during the month of Ramzan and come here for the food rather than for shopping,” says Amarpreet, a management student.

“The best thing is that the cuisine is out of the world and works out to be light on the pockets, when compared to the tariff in Banjara Hills or Kondapur,” says Neeraj Kumar.

Apart from the established hotels many tiny kiosks selling roadside food also come up here. There are a couple of juice centres in front of the Mecca Masjid and then an ice cream parlour near the Pista House. Kiosks near the hotels offer delicacies like the ‘Khubani ka mitha’ and ‘Kaddu ki kheer’ as well.

And who would not indulge in a ‘meetha paan’ after a royal feast.

The betel leaf shops dish out ‘saada’, ‘meetha’ and several other exotic ‘paans’ in the old city. If you are a foodie, then old city is the place to visit for a yummy fare.

Asif Yar Khan



A delectable spread awaits foodies in old city during Ramzan as hotels whip up traditional Hyderabadi ‘khana’ comprising ‘Talawa gosht’, ‘Khubani ka meetha’ and more



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