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Ramadan Sweet Hopping with The 3 Hungry Men

The Three Hungry men are known for their reviews in Mangalore and around the world. They keep travelling to discover new dishes and places to eat. Be it the Batu Caves in Malaysia or the Pyramids in Egypt, they’ve seen it all and eaten it all. Meet Nikhil Pai and Colin Dsouza of The 3 Hungry Men. Yes, they seem to be two, but their third man is as fun as them, their team.

Colin and Nikhil, The Three Hungry Men

Colin and Nikhil, The Three Hungry Men

Ramadan is one of the favorite times of the year for them because as the sun goes down, the yummy snacks come out! Not to mention the wonderful desserts. The words Iftaar and Suhoor just make your mouth water, don’t they? Here are some of the best Ramadan deserts they recommend from their travels in India and across the world.

1) Umm Ali from Cairo, Egypt

Literally meaning Ali’s mother, this dish is a famous dessert across Egypt. It is the heavenly combination of creamy bread pudding infused with cinnamon and nuts stuffed between layers of pastry, milk and sugar. It is a wonderful treat.

Umm Ali from Egypt

Umm Ali from Cairo, Egypt

 2) Baklava from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Though this dish is Turkish, the best of the whole world is available in Dubai. Available in various forms and variations, Baklava is nothing but pastry, dough, nuts, butter, and sugar mixed together in layers. After baking to perfection, sweet syrup is immediately poured over the pieces allowing the syrup to be absorbed into the layers.

Baklava from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Baklava from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3) Double ka Meetha from Hyderabad, India

Double ka meetha, crisp bread pieces soaked in saffron and cardamom flavored milk rabri. Almost like its brother Shahi Tukra which is again made of bread. This is one widely loved Muslim dessert.

Double ka Meetha from Hyderabad, India

Double ka Meetha from Hyderabad, India

4) Gaz from Tehran, Iran

Gaz is basically Iranian Nougat, somewhat like a candy and is very chewy. This recipe is very unique. Once collected from the mountains, the Gaz is brought into town and placed into very large copper vessels which contain the remaining ingredients of egg white, pistachio or almond kernels, and rose water. The raw mixture is then beaten over heat until it reaches the desired consistency. This is one addictive dish loved by Iranians and those who tasted it even once!

Gaz from Tehran, Iran

Gaz from Tehran, Iran

 5) Firni from Delhi, India

Firni is a kind of Rice Pudding, made with coarsely ground rice. It is similar to what we call “kheer” or “payasam” but unlike Kheer/Payasam, it does not use whole grains of rice. It is flavored with lots of saffron, cardamom and rose and adorned with a lot of nuts and often some dry fruits too. Our Middle Eastern brethren call this dish Muhallabia. Bite into one and you will know what we are talking about.


Firni from Delhi, India

Firni from Delhi, India

6) Güllaç from Istanbul, Turkey

Güllaç is a Turkish dessert made with milkpomegranate and a special kind of pastry. This one just melts in your mouth, it’s a must try whenever you go to Turkey!

Güllaç from Istanbul, Turkey

Güllaç from Istanbul, Turkey

7) Kuih Seri Muka from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It’s basically a two-layered dessert with sweetened rice at the bottom and Pandan custard at the top. The custard tastes almost like Kaya” (a Malaysian coconut jam) because it’s essentially made of pandan, coconut, eggs and sugar. It is also known as “kueh salat” or “kuih salat”. Warning, not all of you may like pandan, we suggest you to use a pandan artificial sauce and not the real leaf!

Kuih Seri Muka from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuih Seri Muka from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8) Unnakai from Kerala, India

This dish is another specialty from Gods own Country, shaped like little spears and made from Banana, you can’t eat just one! Stuffed with banana, coated and the deep fried. Unnakai is very common during Ramadan amongst most Muslim households.

Kuih Seri Muka from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Unnakai from Kerala, India

We at Red Polka along with The 3 Hungry Men would like to wish everyone across India and the world a very Happy and Prosperous Eid. May the festival be filled with the best of foods, and as they say “Stay Hungry Stay Happy”.

A few sweet moments just won’t harm, right? Click here for Double ka Meetha recipe, just for you. it’s simple to make and super yummy! So say The Three Hungry Men!

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4 comments on “Ramadan Sweet Hopping with The 3 Hungry Men

  1. The Fat Drunk Chick
    July 16, 2015

    Reblogged this on thefatdrunkchick and commented:
    Something that inspired me to pursue my love for food and write about it! Nikhil and Colin from The Three Hungry Men are awesomesauce, they helped me put up a great list of Iftaar sweets for my feature Ramadan Sweet Hopping. (Drool, really, don’t feel guilty!)

    I am the storyteller and curator at Red Polka, an online platform to discover beautiful handpicked designs in fashion and lifestyle.
    And, I thank Red Polka and founder Ms. Vishakha Singh for giving me this opportunity today.


  2. Samson
    July 17, 2015

    Wow…Love the pics
    Thumbs up @ The 3 Hungry Men


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