Tuesday, June 15

Iftar platters come to your doorstep amid COVID restrictions

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The holy month of Ramzan is here. But the usual festivity in the air is missing due to the COVID-19 scare. You can see limited stalls on Zakaria street — the traditional food alley of the season, and Iftar — the fast breaking evening feast — has turned more of a homebound affair than a community one. However, there’s some good news for those who enjoy the food trail in the alleys of central Kolkata during the month of Ramzan. Several restaurants, home chefs, and even small eateries of Zakaria Streets, are now delivering iftar platter at your doorstep. From dates and fruit salad to halim, biryani, kebabs and even bakharkhani — food lovers can just order in and gear up for an iftar party at home.

Home chef Manzilat Fatima barely gets any time to relax around this time of the year. “I became a home chef by making halim for my friends and their friends. This has always been a busy time for me. Now, with COVID related restrictions, I am getting more orders. I am delivering with all the necessary garnishes,” she said.

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Another home chef, Nandini Nandy, is offering not just halim but an entire iftar platter. “My friends requested me to start an iftar platter this year and I had to comply. You usually have dates, fruit salad, aloo pakora, dal pakora, onion pakora, halim and biryani. My friends are happy with the spread,” she said.

Meanwhile, the foodies have also welcomed the move wholeheartedly. Musician and filmmaker Anindya Chattopadhyay, who is a regular at Zakaria Street, said, “Even last year, I could not visit Zakaria Street due to the pandemic outbreak. This year, the scene is worse. I’m happy that I am getting many of my loved dishes right at my doorstep. I will have to order more halim in the coming days,” he told us.

Source: Times of India

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