By Money Sharma
As the month begins, most of the non-veg lovers head towards Mohammad Ali Road – the famous area in Fort - Mumbai, where one can get their hands on the best of non-veg delicacies and desserts, available only in the holy month of Ramadan.
While as the community of entire food lover head towards the eating lane in Fort, I decided to take a quick round of Thane’s very own ‘Mohammad Ali Road’ – Raabodi, which is famous for some innovative non-veg cuisines, which can rarely be found in any of the restaurants in the city. With a tantalizing aroma of meat being freshly roasted and fried, it becomes a little hard to walk without pausing at every eatery even as the lanes are choc-a-bloc with food lovers.
After hanging out for a couple of hours and refreshing my taste buds at the street shops in the vicinity, I decided to bring out top ten non-veg snacks which are mostly available only in the month of Ramdan. In case you are an adventurous non-veg lover and a resident of Thane or planning a visit to Thane, do try some of these foods. With an option of Chicken, Mutton or Beef, you get all at one place!
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1. Fried Chicken Legs:
With a similar appearance to Chicken Tandoori leg pieces, this preparation is different because of the way it is cooked. Slit marked on the pieces, it is marinated in spices (a secret, which was not revealed to me) and curd, left for overnight and then partly fried before keeping it at the stall. When asked by a customer, it is deeply refried in hot oil, served with salads and chutneys.
If you looking at eating something which is more wholesome and filling, you should definitely give a shot to these meat burgers. It is made up of minced meat cooked along with special herbs and spices, along with sliced onions, tomatoes and green chillies. Filled in between the slices of bun or paav, the aroma of these burgers is in itself quite scrumptious enough to ask for it! Eat with sauces or chutney, along with raw green chillies and salad.
These delicious, juicy kebabs are made up of a choice of meat, mixed with a whopping 25 varieties of spices and surprisingly, there is a different recipe for each of the choice of meat used. Meat minced in the form of keema, mixed with spices – and then bonded around grilling rods and put over the coal flame. Roasted from all the sides, the juicy and smoky flavored meat is a terrific appetizer and also can be used as a side dish while having the main course, served with green mint-coriander chutney.
These square shaped parathas, filled with chicken or mutton keema, are definitely worth trying this season. Meat, made in the form of keema and cooked with onion slices and spices, mixed with raw beaten egg, and filled inside the paratha. The parathas are generally made up of refined flour like a rumaali roti (with hands unlike traditional rolling method) and are thin in layer. Later, these parathas are spread and cooked meat keema is kept in the center. The method of wrapping the paratha from all the sides without breaking it, is a unique technique and can only be done by someone who does it regularly. When asked by a customer, these paratha are refried on a tavaa and served hot along with green chutney and salads.
Though the name sounds a little weird, but this preparation is definitely one of the most nutritious delicacy amongst all the fried and spicy cuisines. Made up of whole wheat, gram, rice and a variety of grains & pulses which are all mixed and grinded together, and then cooked on a medium flame, with adding water into it. Later, spices along with pieces of meat are added to the mixture and cooked for some more time. Served with the topping of fried onions and sliced lemon, it is an ideal dish to have just solo or can be consumed along with roti, paav or rice - Filling and healthy too.
A mix of chicken and veggies, this is a perfect cuisine, especially when you are looking for eating something light. Chicken pieces along with capsicum and carrot, all assembled in a stick and dipped into paste of spices, and then later, deep fried into oil. Tastes best with schezwan sauce or green chutney.
Shawarmas are very common to find at middle-east eating joints and are preferred by all age groups as a quick snacks. Slices of meat layered around a pin, kept in front of electric heater, which roasts the meat on a slow temperature, and later these slices are shredded as they get cooked. These shredded pieces of chicken are filled inside either paav or roti, along with mayonnaise, friend potato sticks, cabbage slices, a variety of chutneys, and spices to flavor up the preparation. Rolled in a paper, it can be eaten with sauces of your choice.
Not just merely rolls, but these should ideally be called as meat-egg rolls! A Paratha with a layer of cooked beaten egg on the inside, filled with meat pieces, is another must try cuisines. Meat pieces are cut in small cubes, cooked with special spices, green chillies and onion slices and filled inside the paratha, served hot with green chutney and salads.
Available with the option of mutton and beef, this vadaa look-a-like is made up of minced meat which is either roasted or cooked in a pan and later mixed with spices. Once cooked, it is made in the form of round balls and used as filling inside mashed potatoes and then dipped in a mixture of water & besan, and fried deeply in oil to give it a crispy texture.
Shami kababs are generally eaten in almost every part of India served generally as starters. It is made up of sauted (or boiled) minced meat and lentis mixed with whole garam masala - black pepper, cinnamon, cloves bayleaf etc. mixed with whole ginger, garlic and salt. Later, small patties are made of this mixture and fried on a tavaa or pan. In order to increase the taste, it is dipped in beaten egg and double fried before serving. These kababs can be served with roti along with ketchup, raita or chutney.