The holy Muslim month of Ramadan takes place during June/July every year (the exact dates change. In 2017, Ramadan starts on May 27 and concludes with Eid-ul-Fitr on June 26). If you're a hardcore non-vegetarian and you're in Mumbai, it's a fantastic opportunity to feast on fresh street food.
During Ramadan, Muslims traditionally fast daily from sunrise until sunset. In the evenings, the streets around Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai are flooded with people and the tantalizing aroma of meat being freshly roasted to feed the famished.
It's not for the faint of heart though, as the road gets very crowded!
The kebabs are a highlight, and apparently the best ones are to be found at Haji Tikka, on Khara Tank Road in Bhendi Bazaar. Beef kebabs cost 20 rupees, and chicken kebabs are 60 rupees.
If you're not a real adventurous eater (like me!), be careful to avoid the more exotic body parts. Khiri is a popular delicacy. It's cow's udder, seasoned, cooked, and chopped up into little bite-sized pieces. And yes, it does smell milky (just in case you were curious).
Not keen on braving the rush on Mohammad Ali Road but still want to stuff yourself full? A less crowded option is Khau Galli in central Mumbai (it's situated in the lane beside Midland Restaurant and Bar on Lady Jamshedji Road, in Mahim). Be sure to go after 9 p.m. for the best atmosphere.
Special 2017 Ramadan Food Tours in Mumbai
- Reality Tours & Travel will be running special Ramadan Street Food tours to Mohammad Ali Road and around from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday May 28, Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4 during Ramadan. The cost is 1,500 rupees per person, including all food. Book early as spots fill up fast. You'll also get to visit the tour guide's relatives, and share sweets and Ramadan stories with them. It's a fabulous local experience!
- Viator offers four hour small group Mumbai Street Food Tours through Mohammad Ali Road, Bhendi Bazaar, and Minara Masjid (the epicenter of the city’s Ramadan celebrations).