Chennai restaurants offer a range of curated Iftar boxes

After two years of takeaway, this Ramzan, restaurants is welcoming diners with a range of innovative iftar menus, including vermicelli biryani, vegan gulab jamuns and of course a range of slow cooked haleem

After two years of takeaway, this Ramzan, restaurants is welcoming diners with a range of innovative iftar menus, including vermicelli biryani, vegan gulab jamuns and of course a range of slow cooked haleem

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At Abids, the haleem is a luxurious blend of meat, spices, deeply carmelized onions and patience. The restaurant, which has put together a thoughtful Iftar menu since its launch in 2016, offers a variety of meal sizes. Try the buffet (Rs 650) that serves lukhmi. spring rolls and samosas, followed by shawarmas and biryani. Or order one of their many iftar boxes, with menus such as ‘Shaan-e-Hyderabad (includes nombu kanji, Mughlai chicken paratha and biryani) and ‘Aroma of Arabia’ (pita bread, hummus, Al Faham chicken, mandi, kunafa etc .) .)



If you’re dining, start with a bowl of haleem, still steaming and silky from 8 hours in a brick oven, then cut into the dramatic meter kebab, which stretches the length of the table. You can also check out Abid’s bustling outdoor counters, open from 3-7pm, and create your own iftar with cups of sulaimani tea and bowls of khubani ka meetha: yum stewed apricots in cool dollops of sweet cream.

@Abids, Chetpet. 4337 4747

Habibi, Anna Nagar

At Habibi, Chef V Manikandan and his team have been sending carefully curated Mediterranean flavors in Iftar boxes since April 3. After working in the UAE, Spain, Qatar and Switzerland, the chef has put together nine different types of iftar boxes. “The dishes are cooked on firewood and we also use charcoal burners,” says Chef V. Manikandan.

Mediterranean rate for Iftar box at Habib's

Mediterranean rate for Iftar box at Habib’s

They have an interesting vegetarian menu, including a ‘green grill box’ (₹460, one at a time), with three types of grilled paneer, cracked wheat couscous, hummus and dates with filled chocolate. The Gulf Sea box with harissa shrimp, zaatar and olive fish, broken wheat couscous and choco dates are popular this season. Try the Egyptian and Moroccan style hummus as well as their wide variety of baklava.

@Habibi, Anna Nagar, Iftar boxes, from Available from 375 from 12:00 to 22:30. To order, call: 6379974278

BeeVee’s Hot Kitchen, Velachery

This Ramadan has launched the cloud kitchen, Sahib’s, popular for biryani, BeeVee’s Hot Kitchen in Velachery. They offer a family iftar kit with a menu that changes every day and is announced a day in advance on their social media. The menu usually includes dates, drinks, sliced ​​fruits, nombu kanji (rice and lentil porridge), haleem, sandwiches, wraps, grilled chicken along with pita bread, fried snacks with dips. They also have early breakfast (Sahar) options where one can order string hoppers, parotta, stuffed rotis and biryani, which can be ordered along with the Iftar box as an add-on.

The hot kitchen of Bee Vee

The hot kitchen of Bee Vee

“Since the fasting days are in the summer, we have included sabja seeds in sherbat and agar-agar in our desserts as these are natural body coolants. We have also avoided using processed sugar and replaced it with cane sugar to avoid a sugar tax,” said Muhammad ali, the owner.

@BeeVee’s Hot Kitchen, Velachery, serves Iftar from 6pm to 10pm Free delivery within 10 miles. On until May 3. 2000, serves 4. Call: 89992 66662 to pre-book.

Eko Lyfe, Alwarpet

Launched this year, Fabulous Lyfe by Soul Garden Bistro’s Iftar takeaway is a carefully curated treat for vegetarians. It includes samosas, peri peri fries, pita bread and hummus and a hearty tawa biriyani served with brinjal curry. Try the vegetable cheeks (PBC), which contain a vegan drumstick. The drumstick has a hint of ginger-garlic, with a texture similar to shredded chicken, with mild spices, and the meat like chunks in the biriyani is shaped like mutton, but made from soy, wheat gluten, and maida. The taste and flavor will leave you wanting more. “Last year we launched a limited vegan menu and due to the overwhelming response we decided to offer it as an Iftar takeaway this year to popularize the fake meat concept,” said Jignesh Pujara, founder of Eko Lyfe.

Vegan Iftar at Eko Lyfe

Vegan Iftar at Eko Lyfe

The boxes are only available for take away, there is no dinner. For dessert, there’s a rich, satisfying bowl of vegan gulab jamuns made with soy and semolina.

@Eko Lyfe, the zero waste shop, RA Puram. Pre-order only, 1000, for 2 people. To make a reservation, call: 90800 62885. Collection from 6 pm to 8 pm..

The Trident Chennai

After four years in Hyderabad, head chef at The Trident Chennai, Vijay Shahi is training his team to make perfect haleem. “The nombu kanji that is most popular here in Tamil Nadu is closest to the original Arabic style haleem. In Hyderabad they have developed a different style of haleem where 90 percent meat and 10 percent of the other ingredients are cooked together for a long time Wheat dalia is added to give the dish its unique texture,” says Vijay.

The Trident Chennai is offering Haleem this season

The Trident Chennai is offering Haleem this season

“Therapeutic herbs ( khus roots or vettiver, roots of betel leaves, stone flower or kalpaasi) and aromatic herbs ( cardamom, shahijeera, fennell) are infused in hot water and decoctioned and added gradually when the meat is simmering. Rose petals are also added for aroma. The meat is cooked in the fat that comes out during cooking. As a finishing touch, caramelized onions are used in ghee as a garnish, along with a squeeze of lemon,” says Vijay.

@The Trident, A portion of haleem costs 850. Take out and dine at Samudra restaurant. Available from 11 a.m. to midnight during the month of Ramadan. To book, call: 8383916586

Hotel Samco, Alwarpet

The Iftar boxes were launched six years ago in this 60-year-old iconic restaurant. “We realized that everyone likes to try Iftar menus, which is why we make sure there is a variety of dishes,” said Sadique M. Partner, Hotel Samco, Alwarpet. Mandi is a specialty during the season. “It is a Lebanese rice preparation, where basmati rice is cooked with the fat from the meat. No masalas are used, but aromatic spices are used minimally to give the basmati rice a flavor,” he says. The Samco Iftar box consists of Mandi rice, mutton samosa, barbecue chicken, haleem, parotta and chicken gravy, dessert, dates and juice “In addition, for an additional cost, one can order our signature vermicelli biriyani, idiyappam, and paya or other popular items on the menu,” he says.

iftar takeaway chen Hotel Samco

iftar takeaway chen Hotel Samco

@Hotel Samco, all four outlets, iftar box serves 2, cost 449 plus taxes. Available between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Walk-in and pre-order. To order, call: 24313111

Choose your Iftar box

Shiraz Cafe, Akkarai, ECR,. Iranian chello kebab in veg and non veg versions, falafel, hummus and phirni. 12 to 9 p.m. 400, serving one. phone: 9840572126

The bay leaf, Gopalapuram, Velachery and chetpet. Iftar box packed and sealed in a container with 8 partitions to serve one. Vegetarian Iftar Kit – ₹369 + taxes and non-veg for ₹419 plus taxes. Ambur biryani and chicken samosa and tikka kebab. Available from 4 pm to 8 pm. Phone: 2811 4557

Al Souk, Nungambakkam. Arabic specialty iftar meal box for one person with Kabsa chicken served with rice, fattoush, mahalabia and more. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ₹ 399 plus taxes Phone: 9750711111

Clarion Hotel President, Mylapore. Mutton samosa and biriyani. spring roll, Haleem. ₹599 serves two. Phone: 9941571689

The park, Nungambakkam. This year they offer jackfruit haleem and falafel wrap for the vegetarian and lamb adna kebab and chicken shawarma for non vegetarians. 599 for vegetarian and ₹699 for non-vegetarian, for one. Phone: 2824 6000


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