Kausarbaug street in Pune transforms into the land of taste during Ramzan season

When the aroma of grilled chicken and tandoors on fire meets the sight of small stalls lining up the road leading to upper Kondhwa, you can safely assume its the month of Ramzan and Kausarbaug has the world to offer during this festive season.

In the month of Ramzan, which began on May 6, the Muslim community fasts during the daylight eating one meal (Sehri) just before dawn and one after sunset (Iftar). This fasting brings with it the biggest feasting extravaganza to every nook and corner in the city. Even though there are areas like Cantonment, Mominpura as well as Ahmednagar road which are the residents’ traditional favourites during the festive month, this year, however, most of the crowd has shifted to Kausarbaug in Kondhwa.

“Iftar means break the fast, families get together and begin the process by eating a date followed by some fruits,” said Zaheer Shaikh, owner of Café Bun Maska, who offers Iftar to people after the final prayers at Kausarbaug Masjid for free. “We serve them dates, fruits and some fritters. The service is held every evening until the last day of Ramzan and usually lasts for 10 to 15 minutes,”said Zaheer Shaikh.

The festive atmosphere is set in the 20-25 stalls which line-up the Kausarbaug lane with the help of neon lights during the feasting period.

Tarique Sayyed runs a special cold drinks stall only during Ramzan. All the elements that go into making this special drink are home-made. One of the drinks, called the Hyderabadi, is made of sweetened milk, dry fruits and khus khus sherbet. “I need 60 to 70 litres of sweetened milk daily, to which I add my special concoction of crushed dry fruits. Almonds and pistachios are important to give the drink its special flavour,” says Sayyed. A glass of Hyderabadi costs Rs 30.

An array of starters greet customers at the stalls; chicken rolls, chicken bullets, chicken hariyali, there is always a new addition to the menu daily and according to Sharif Shaikh of Sharif’s catering. “These new introductions is what brings customers to our stall. This year, we have added sesame and spinach chicken. We get customers from Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Satara, Hinjewadi and Pimpri-Chinchwad,” added Shaikh.

A huge eating area which can accommodate 450 people is present after the stalls.

First Published:
May 16, 2019 16:33 IST

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