Ramadan 2024: Top 6 Places To Relish Haleem In Kochi

The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by the Muslim community across the world in which they observe fasts and offer prayer. In this month-long festival, they eat only during early morning and evening hours. Among all other Ramadan food, haleem is one of the most popular iftar dishes which is consumed across the globe. 

Originating in the Middle East, it is traditionally made by slow-cooking boneless mutton with broken wheat (or barley), cashews, lentils, tomato and a blend of spices like garam masala powder, peppercorns and cinnamon. Known to provide instant energy, some people also savour haleem with naan or rice. In India, this comforting porridge is widely available in Hyderabad, but if you happen to be Kochi this Ramadan, Slurrp has collated a few amazing spots which the help of local foodies in the southwest city of Kerala where you can savour haleem for your iftar. 

Kerala has a good number of Muslim population and over centuries this community has played a significant role in shaping the state's cuisine. Being influenced by Arabs and Mughals, haleem has become a staple during the holy month of fasting. In some parts of the state, it is still prepared and shared amongst large groups of people mainly consisting of family and friends. 

Hyderabad Kitchen  

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Located in Edappally, this fine-dining outlet is known for serving authentic Hyderabadi cuisine. It offers a wide range of dishes from the region, starting from traditional curries to modern fusion dishes. As per team @kochi.vibez, “You can experience an authentic taste of haleem at this place.” “There biryanis are good too,” says @ joemon_jozf. During Ramadan, Hyderabad Kitchen acts a one-stop destination for Muslims from different parts of Kochi to enjoy a delectable bowl of haleem. 

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/yUy1xNPCRUVs1Lya7 

Phone Number: 80861 80000 

USP Dishes: Biryanis, Haleem 

Timing: 10 AM to 1 AM 

Address: Tower, 27, 28F5+6HQ, K.K, 479, Service Rd, Toll Junction, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024 

Cost for two: ₹600 (Budget-friendly)  

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Hyderabadi 

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian 

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Behrouz Biryani  

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Owned by Rebel Foods, Behrouz in Kochi started in the year 2016 and is known to be one of the popular cloud kitchens in the city. Besides scrumptious biryani, this restaurant in Kakkadnad is famous for haleem it offers during Ramadan. Made with succulent goat meat, lentils and wheat flour, they preserve the royal essence of the dish and is best served with kubooz, a flat Arabian bread. “Cooked with mild flavour and creamy texture, haleem from Behrouz just melts in your mouth,” explains @keralafoodvibes.  

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/1r5Yg7hehNTAAmCa8 

Phone Number: 7700050050 

USP Dishes: Biryanis, Kebab 

Timing: 11 AM to 10 AM 

Address: Karukatharayil Plaza, Near Info Park express way, Seaport - Airport Rd, Kochi, Kerala 682037 

Cost for two: ₹400 (Budget-friendly)  

Available Cuisines: North Indian 

Type: Vegetarian, Non Vegetarian 

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Kochi Marriott Hotel  

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It is among the most sophisticated luxury hotels in the city. Run by the name Kochi Kitchen, the restaurant at Kochi Marriot is a hotspot among the locals as well as travellers. It is perfect for romantic dinners, a business lunch or a family gathering. As per @keralafoodvibes, “For Ramadan the Iftar table at Marriot is a sight to behold. Northern Malabar delicacies like unnakaya, ilayada, kaipola, samosas and smooth haleem paired with sheermal are a must-try here.”  

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/pFXrsY8r7TrsMvUUA 

Phone Number: 0484 717 7777 

USP Dishes: Dinner Buffet, Fried Rice Chicken, Deserts, Waffles, Salads, Starters 

Timing: 7 AM to 11 PM 

Address: Lulu International Shopping Mall 34/1111, NH544, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024 

Cost for two: ₹ 3000 (Fine dining) 

Available Cuisines: South Indian, North Indian, Asian, Continental 

Type: Vegetarian, Non Vegetarian 

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Lunch Box  

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This is another great place to enjoy haleem in Kochi. Being a go-to place for the residents of Kakkanad, it is a budget-friendly option for family dinners and casual hangouts. @keralafoodvibes highly recommends this place and while talking to Slurrp, he says, “You will get traditional haleem here during Ramadan.” Lunch Box is renowned for offering some delicious homestyle thalis and catering to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian customers. All the dishes here are served at budget-friendly prices. 

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/DhNWEy8kbgHbyGbh8 

Phone Number: 7304678007 

USP Dishes: Indian thalis 

Timing: 9 AM to 11 PM 

Address: No.14/497 - A2 Karukatharayil Plaza Chittethukara Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala 682037 

Cost for two: ₹200 (Budget-friendly)  

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Mughlai 

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian 

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

The Hotspot  

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As per @cochinfoodsters, “Hotspot restaurant in Kadavanthra offers a unique fusion of Arabic and North Indian cuisine, creating a unique experience for diners. The beloved Ramadan dish, haleem is enjoyed at Hotspot restaurant by people from all backgrounds.” He also recommended our readers to try mutton nihari at this place. It is actually a ‘hotspot’ among the foodies of Kochi to experience diverse and delicious dishes including aromatic biryanis, Arabic grills, kebabs and other rice dishes. 

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/tc8N9MaMcg1EQUxEA 

Phone Number: 92077 04000 

USP Dishes: Fish barbecue, Rolls, Mutton Raan 

Timing: 12 PM to 1 AM 

Address: Kaloor - Kadavanthara Rd, Kathrikadavu, Kaloor, Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala 682017 

Cost for two: ₹700 (Budget-friendly)  

Available Cuisines: Arabian, South Indian, North Indian, Chinese 

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian 

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner 

Mehrab Mandi Yemeni Restaurant  

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This Yemeni restaurant in Edapally was launched by Mohammed Hisham just three years ago in 2021 but has quickly become a favourite place for locals of Kochi to enjoy some good non-vegetarian food in the city. As per @joemon_jozf, it is a must-visit eatery in Kochi to enjoy some flavourful haleem and authentic Yemeni dishes. This fine-dining outlet is run by a Yemeni chef, and they serve a wide range of Middle Eastern, Indian and Pakistani dishes cooked with lots of aromatic flavours. 

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/e97ZXKog7Grs3U9Z9 

Phone Number: 97468 33388 

USP Dishes: Chicken Madfoon, Mutton Haneeth Rib 

Timing: 12 PM to 12 AM 

Address: Ground Floor, MKS Square, near Prestige TMS Square, West Side Service Road, NH 66, Padivattom, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682024 

Cost for two: ₹1000 (Budget-friendly)  

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Mughlai 

Type: Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian 

Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner