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The men behind 107-year-old Adam’s Kabab Shop on Zakaria Street

This century-old shop is not only carrying forward a family legacy but is a thread in the spool of Kolkata’s food heritage

By Pooja Mitra | Published 17.04.23, 07:49 PM
1/7 Established in 1918, the 107-year-old Adam’s Kabab Shop at 60 Phears Lane, Chuna Gali, is one of the most talked-about kebab stops in Kolkata, especially during Ramzan. It is best known for its succulent beef suta and boti kebabs. This family-run business also had a hotel in Chandni Market which opened around the same time as the shop in Zakaria Street, but while the former outlet discontinued, the latter continues to remain a city favourite

Established in 1918, the 107-year-old Adam’s Kabab Shop at 60 Phears Lane, Chuna Gali, is one of the most talked-about kebab stops in Kolkata, especially during Ramzan. It is best known for its succulent beef suta and boti kebabs. This family-run business also had a hotel in Chandni Market which opened around the same time as the shop in Zakaria Street, but while the former outlet discontinued, the latter continues to remain a city favourite

All photos by Pooja Mitra
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2/7 The shop was started by Shubani Mia, who named it after his son Md. Adam. It is currently helmed by Md. Adam’s son Md. Salahuddin. “I love boti kebab but suta kebab is our specialty. It takes almost all day to prepare the spices and meat for the kebabs,” said Md. Salahuddin (in picture), who focuses on the main branch, which is the backbone of the business

The shop was started by Shubani Mia, who named it after his son Md. Adam. It is currently helmed by Md. Adam’s son Md. Salahuddin. “I love boti kebab but suta kebab is our specialty. It takes almost all day to prepare the spices and meat for the kebabs,” said Md. Salahuddin (in picture), who focuses on the main branch, which is the backbone of the business

3/7 A year ago, a second outlet opened in Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus by (in picture L to R) Md. Salahuddin’s son and son-in-law, Md. Wasif and Waqar Ahmed (Kabir)

A year ago, a second outlet opened in Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus by (in picture L to R) Md. Salahuddin’s son and son-in-law, Md. Wasif and Waqar Ahmed (Kabir)

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4/7 The shop that witnesses footfall throughout the year keeps busy business hours during the Ramzan month (In picture: Nakhoda Mosque on Zakaria Street)

The shop that witnesses footfall throughout the year keeps busy business hours during the Ramzan month (In picture: Nakhoda Mosque on Zakaria Street)

5/7 People from all corners of the city visit to savour the soft and juicy kebabs. According to Md. Wasif, chicken suta and boti kebabs and mutton suta kebabs were introduced in the last 6-7 years. The shop needs 40 kg of beef and 15-20 kg of chicken and mutton every day to meet the demands of its bustling business!

People from all corners of the city visit to savour the soft and juicy kebabs. According to Md. Wasif, chicken suta and boti kebabs and mutton suta kebabs were introduced in the last 6-7 years. The shop needs 40 kg of beef and 15-20 kg of chicken and mutton every day to meet the demands of its bustling business!

6/7 Helpers at the Zakaria Street and Park Circus cook and serve the kebabs, but the marination (which is really the meat of the matter) is done by Md. Salahuddin for both the shops. Adam Kabab Shop today also sells chicken malai and rumali roti

Helpers at the Zakaria Street and Park Circus cook and serve the kebabs, but the marination (which is really the meat of the matter) is done by Md. Salahuddin for both the shops. Adam Kabab Shop today also sells chicken malai and rumali roti

7/7 The Zakaria Street and Park Circus outlets are open every day, from 3pm to 11pm. You can contact Adam’s Kebab Shop on 7980966304

The Zakaria Street and Park Circus outlets are open every day, from 3pm to 11pm. You can contact Adam’s Kebab Shop on 7980966304

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