MF Hussain ate regularly at this Bhendi Bazaar eatery

Mar 20, 2014, 09:15 IST | Fiona Fernandez

Iconic artist, late MF Husain, a regular at Noor Mohammadi, was so besotted by their popular dish Nalli Nihari that once during a visit in 2003, he created a sketch of a rooster calling out to it

Opened in 1923 by Abdul Karim, Noor Mohammadi has been a landmark on Mumbai’s culinary map. Back then, it sold only the Nalli Nihari, one of its lip-smacking specialties.

Iconic artist, late MF Husain, a regular at this eatery, was so besotted by this dish that once during a visit in 2003, he created a sketch of a rooster calling out to Noor Mohammadi’s Nalli Nihari.


Present owner Abdul Khalid looks at the MF Husain masterpiece that graces his eatery. Pic/Shadab Khan

Before Partition, Karim’s son Abdul Hakim expanded it into an eating house. In 1985, when third-generation owner, Abdul Khalid took over, he converted it into a sit-down restaurant. Not to be overwhelmed by the Nihari and the star-inspired Chicken Sanju Baba — a recipe donated by actor Sanjay Dutt — the fast-selling Beef Shammi Kebabs cannot be missed.

Cooked in the restaurant’s outer foyer, on a busy sidewalk, the whiff of tender, spiced beef mince balls prepared on a butter-greased pan make it worth a visit.

Where: 181-183, Abdul Noor Mohammadi Chowk, Bhendi Bazaar.
Call: 23456008
When: After sunset is best

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