Hot Arabian drink a hit in Ramzan nights
As the saying goes that during Ramzan one can eat and drink the entire night after breaking fast, youngsters throng to Ghawa centre in Hussaini Alam following night prayers to enjoy a cup of hot Arabian drink.
Hussaini Alam: As the saying goes that during Ramzan one can eat and drink the entire night after breaking fast, youngsters throng to Ghawa centre in Hussaini Alam following night prayers to enjoy a cup of hot Arabian drink.
The Arabian drink aka ghawa is considered to be a healthy drink is made with grinded coffee beans, dried ginger and other spices. Even as the holy month of Ramzan increases the consumption of fruits, particularly dates, ghawa has become one of the important drinks amongst youngsters who want a change from regular tea or coffee.
Given the health benefits of the ghawa, some of them are regular consumers, who turn up at the Ghawa point at Hussaini Alam during the night hours. “I come along with some of my friends following iftar to enjoy the drink. Moreover, the drink is known for its health benefits as it helps in digestion,” said Md Iftequar Hussain, a resident of Nampally.
While the original Arabian ghawa is prepared without milk, the Hyderabadis prefer it with milk. The Mashallah Arabi Ghawa in Hussaini Alam, being run by Amjad Khan (30) and Salam Hafeez (31) is famous in the entire Old City. They started about 11 years back with a small stall and now it has become famous Ghawa point which has now become a landmark and a preferred destination due to this Arabian drink.
Ghawa is made by grinding important ingredients like dry ginger (saunt), coffee seeds, cardamom, cinnamon and adding them in boiling milk, later sugar is added for taste. “In 1 litre of milk, 50-60 grams of the grinded powder is added to make 15 to 20 cups of ghawa. This drink is considered energy drink and is consumed for medical reasons also. It can provide remedy for those suffering from cold, cough and running nose. For medicinal purpose the ingredients and temperature of ghawa may change," said Amjad.
During Ramzan, the Ghawa centre sells about 1,500 to 2,000 cups at Rs 15 per cup. With the increased activity like shopping in Old City area, the demand for ghawa is expected to increase. Apart from Hussaini Alam other important locations where ghawa is sold are in King Koti and Barkas.
BY MM Farooqui