It’s the holy month of Ramzan, and everyone who is observing the festive 30 days enjoys the traditional Iftar and Suhoor. One such duo is that of Bollywood stars and siblings Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem. At their home in Greater Kailash, New Delhi, the two along with their family get together to gorge on sehri, the pre-dawn meal, and a lavish iftar at dusk.
What Do They Feast On?
The Qureshi household lays out khajoor, Delhi special fruit chaat, a variety of pakodas, mutton korma with homemade parathas, and an assortment of kebabs including shami, kakori, galouti and mutton seekh. The food is paired with fresh lemonade and a tall glass of Roohafza.
Huma Qureshi recalls their early roza days, saying “We must have been seven [when we kept our first roza] old and there was excitement among all at home. We received special treatment. Our siblings came over bearing gifts. That first iftar was truly very special.” And even now, when the two actors are living in Mumbai, pursuing their career in the Hindi movie industry, Ramzan is still the same for them. Mom comes down, and creates the same environment we are used to having at home,” says Saqib, who will soon be seen on the silver screen in Race 3, which will incidentally release on Eid.
Saqib and Huma belong to a family of restaurateurs, who own and run popular chain Saleem’s. Needless to say, family dinners were also nothing short of a feast. Meanwhile, during the Ramzan days, Huma and Saqib’s meals are always up to the mark, courtesy their cook, who has been trained by their mother.
“Our cook makes delicious shamis and mutton korma, although it’s nowhere close to mom’s. She is a Kashmiri and I for one, want to learn all the staple Kashmiri dishes including rogan josh and gostaba. She makes them like a pro!” says Huma, adding “Saqib and I keep and break our fast together on most days. The table has a stock of khajoor that mom sources from a vendor in Delhi, and there’s lassi, which is a respite in Mumbai’s weather. The preps begins as early as 3.30 am and the kitchen is buzzing till dish after dish is hurried to the table,” says Huma.
However, given their mindful eating regimes, a few healthy changes have been made to the traditional menu. For instance, the pakodas have been replaced by homemade dhokla, black chana chat, and sugar-free sweets. Sherbet is made with chia seeds, almond milk, stevia and cardamom.
Read more about Saqib and Huma’s iftar meal here.