Haleem makers caught off-guard by curfew announcement

Haleem is unique to Hyderabad and is made by big restaurants only during the month of Ramzan according to Islamic calendar.   | Photo Credit: RAMAKRISHNA G

The sudden announcement of night-time curfew in the State caught the haleem makers in the city off-guard. “We begin making the dish in the morning. The announcement was made in the afternoon. I don’t know how we will deal with today’s product,” said M. A. Majeed of Pista House when asked about the curfew announcement.

Haleem is unique to Hyderabad as it is made by big restaurants only during the month of Ramzan according to Islamic calendar. “We start selling by 4 p.m. and most of the people who pick up parcels or stand and eat start coming by 8 p.m. and it goes on till 11 p.m.,” said a teller at a restaurant near Lakdi-Ka-Pul.

While last year there was no commercial sale of haleem by big restaurants due to COVID-19 lockdown, this year only a few restaurants ventured to set up the clay ovens used to cook gargantuan quantities of the special dish that has a GI tag. Some restaurants even set up a countdown to the month of Ramzan but this year that was also missing.

“The State government has taken the correct call. We can celebrate a festival only if we are alive. Our business will be affected but the safety of people is very important. Though we are following all the SOPs dictated by the government we will obey the order to close by 8 p.m.,” said Mr. Majeed, whose restaurant chain is one of the biggest haleem makers in the city.

However, haleem makers said they will continue to make and sell the dish albeit in smaller quantities before the curfew kicks in.

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