What makes a small, dingy, non-descript restaurant so famous that a popular Bollywood actor lent his name to one of the recipes? What makes a visit to this place, a sort of pilgrimage where people come to pay obeisance? The hallmark of this iconic destination has remained its heavenly food.
We are talking about none other than the Noor Mohammadi restaurant. Located in the congested and busy locality of Bhendi Bazaar. The place needs no introduction, ask anyone and you will end up in the right place.
The Noor Mohammadi restaurant was started about 70 years ago, by the Hakim family. Today, the business is managed by the third generation of children. Do not go there expecting luxurious seating or air-conditioning. Go there to eat the best non-vegetarian food there is, especially Nalli Nihari, Shammi Kebab, Methi Kheema and Ghee Dal. But mind you, the food is not for the faint-hearted with the generous use of spices and ghee.
Although, most of the items on the menu are delectable, special note-worthy mentions are reserved for these items;
- Nalli Nihari: Nihari is a clow cooked stew made with meat along with bone marrow. Nalli Nihari is essentially cooked with buffalo’s thigh(supposed to be the best cut) along with the marrow. The meat is slow cooked over coal for over 12 hours, which renders it melt-in-the-mouth tender. But be sure to reach early as this particular dish runs out really fast.
- Shammi Kebab: The meat used for the kebabs is not mutton but beef. It is spiced with aromatic spices and condiments. It can be had all by itself or with a thick gravy.
- Methi Kheema: Kheema is a traditional Muslim breakfast, made with beef. This particular dish is flavoured with methi. It is also prepared in the mornings.
- Ghee Dal: The dal is either masoor or chana. Just before serving, it is tempered with a generous helping of ghee, which makes it quite heavy.
- White Chicken Biryani: The biryani is one of the most popular items here. It is prepared in a white Arabic-inspired masala. It is not served with any gravy which gives you an opportunity to devour its subtle flavours.
- Chicken Sanju Baba: An autographed recipe by none other than Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt hangs on the wall. It is a specially curated dish, high on whole spices.
A visit to this place will make you feel like a child, let loose in a candy store. You will be spoilt for choices. Go there on a day, when you are in the mood for a being an absolute glutton. Ditch the calorie count and your satiety count is bound to go up. Thank us later.