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Haleem now a rage in port city

Haleem now a rage in port city
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Come Ramadan, it is time for Haleem. Though it was not known in the city until five years, many centres have mushroomed all over and more than the Muslims, Hindus are also making beeline with their family members.The creamy delicacy that is made from a mixture of wheat, barley, meat, lentils and spices that are cooked for eight long hours, sometimes uses rice as an ingredient too.

Visakhapatnam: Come Ramadan, it is time for Haleem. Though it was not known in the city until five years, many centres have mushroomed all over and more than the Muslims, Hindus are also making beeline with their family members.The creamy delicacy that is made from a mixture of wheat, barley, meat, lentils and spices that are cooked for eight long hours, sometimes uses rice as an ingredient too.

Unknown in Vizag till five years ago, it is now a Rs one-crore worth business during Ramzan

This delicacy is a high calorie dish loaded with protein coming in from the meat and fibre, and carbohydrates from various combinations of pulses and grains. The once-in-a –year dish is now found in every corner of the city. There was only one near Mecca Masjid near Jagadamba centre and now like all other fast food centres is spread over the city offering different flavours including vegetarian.

These centres do a business of Rs 1 crore in the season, said a Muslim community leader living in One Town area. The city has a population of two lakh Muslims and half of them live in the old city and adjacent areas.It is the students of professional colleges, universities who are flocking the Haleem centres.

They find it completely different from the other fast foods or continental dishes, said Mansoor Hyder, who deals in scrap business and supported his friend to open a Haleem centre.However, it is not cheaper anymore since the price of meat and ingredients have gone up

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