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Cultural blend introduces new food habits in Hyderabad

Cultural blend introduces new food habits in Hyderabad
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Somali settlements in Hyderabad gives a new cultural blend to raise business a Hyderabadi Syed Khalal Ahmed introduced camel milk which is growing...

Tolichowki: Somali settlements in Hyderabad gives a new cultural blend to raise business a Hyderabadi Syed Khalal Ahmed introduced camel milk which is growing popularity in Hyderabad. Camel milk is sold at Arabian Nights restaurant in Paramount Colony, Tolichowki. According to the store owner, it is the only place where you can find camel milk in twin cities.

There are over 600 Somalis in India across the cities of Delhi, Pune, Mysore, Mumbai, Aurangabad and Hyderabad. According to the Report of Refugee Populations in India, Hyderabad city constitutes between 80 to 90 per cent of the total number of Somali population distributed across India. While most of them live in Tolichowki and Mehdipatnam, these areas have more demand for Camel milk and meat as it is the staple food of Somalian diet.

Milkman Khalal Ahmed said “We started our store in 2016 and the camel milk is gaining popularity every all across Hyderabad, people come here from faraway places to buy camel milk, most of the times for patients because it has healing properties. Most of our customers are Somalis, we sell about 20 liters of milk every day, and meat is sold only on Sundays. The cost of milk is Rs 500 per one litre and Rs 150 for 250 millilitres.”

A regular customer Ismail said “Unlike buffalo, Camels milk can be used for days as it is adapted to the people who live in deserts, its thicker in viscosity and beneficial for health, like diabetes management, controlling Hypertension. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties too. Apart from this, camel milk contains higher protein and lactose levels and is rich in minerals and vitamins, when compared to milk of a cow or a buffalo.”

BY Mayank Tiwari

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