Hyderabad: Though Ramadan is a time for prayers and fasting, it is also a ₹ 500-crore food business venture in Hyderabad. From very small haleem sellers on every corner of the streets to big names such as Pista House and Shah Ghouse, all utilize the month of festivity to its fullest.
The delightful mix of grains and meat, is a stew popular in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Although the dish varies from region to region, it always includes wheat or barley, meat, and sometimes lentils.
While in Hyderabad, the traditional Ramadan recipe is made with a thick porridge-like consistency and minced meat, fried onions infused with various flavours of mint, lemon and also topped with a generous amount of pure ghee and dry fruits.
Abdul Mohsin who is the Director at Pista house and one of the top Haleem sellers in Hyderabad, says, “Hyderabad tops two dishes, one is Biriyani and another is Haleem. Biryani is available in all seasons but Haleem will be available only during Ramadan, therefore, people from all places and community come to eat it as it is delicious and healthy, both.”
Students pursuing MBBS, MBA and Engineering pitch in and work with barely literate butchers and muscle men who help in making one of the most favourite cuisines of all times. “I came from Nagpur in 2009 and started as a waiter after learning about this one-month job opportunity. I come here to work every year and now I am pursuing my MBA from Pune,” says Akshay Katra, who handles the packaging logistics and the IT end of delivery.
With The Hindu and ANI inputs