LUSCIOUS BROTH, ETC…
Right at the junction of Mandvi, on Ebrahim Rehmattulla Road, Bhendi Bazaar, a couple of blocks from the more popular Shalimar Restaurant, is the ubiquitous Noor Mohammadi Restaurant.
This age old joint has been given a new refurbished look lately, however despite a long drawn menu, which includes delicacies live Non-veg Biryani’s, Non-veg Pulavs, delicacies made of Liver, Brain, Kidney and Udder besides a variety of fried kebabs like Shammi Kebab, Nargisi Kebab, Dal Ghost, Meethi Ghost, Palak Ghost, etc., all of which are great and worth a try, the one thing that Noor Mohammadi is famous for is its Nalli Nihari.
Nihari is a spicy thick broth of mutton and calf shoulder tenderloins cooked over-night on a slow flame. The resultant broth is spruced up with a dash of couple of bone-marrow, a piece of tenderloin (calf/goat) and garnished with garlic slivers and mint leaves before it is served in a shallow bowl. A couple of drops of lemon and the Nihari is ready to go well with Karari Roti’s, Lamba Pav (diamond shaped bread nan) or Bread Nan. Nalla/Nalli Nihari is predominantly a North Indian Mohglai recipe, which in all its originality is a breakfast snack. However a heavy meal of the kind is not everybody’s idea of a breakfast, hence it finds its place as a meal. Noor Mohammadi's Nihari is probably the best in Bombay or for that matter the best in India (I have tried the couple of joints in Calcutta and Delhi, but they don't stand close, the next best you get is across the border in Karachi)
The other specialty of the restaurant is its White Biryani, a recipe none can match. This biryani is a sort of hybrid between a Hyderabadi Biryani and the Yakhni Pulav, but comes out better than both.
Since the restaurant is a Grade II joint, the celebrities do avoid it, but it has a parcel service that is availed of by the cream-de-le-cream of Bombay. Popular cine stars Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan are known to drool over their Nihari, they were introduced to this tasty broth when Noor Mohammadi started catering for shoots.
This Ramazan the restaurant has introduced Chicken Munnabhai, a special recipe created at the suggestion of Sanjay Dutt and introduced by the restaurant after his permission. The recipe is a mix of Chicken Do Piyaza and Chicken Stew.
The restaurant is the kind where you go in big groups, if ladies are joining in, they have a special A/C family section up-stairs that is appropriate. Raashid Hakim is the enterprising third generation owner of this restaurant and he surely has made it more customer friendly and added a dash of glamour too, surely it would not be long when we find a Salman Salami/ Prem Pasanda (Usual screen name of Salman) on its menu.
Note: Noor Mohammadi also packs various masalas which are equally good if you want to cook up some delicacies at home.