Sunday, September 20, 2020

‘Dum-ke-Roat’ Muharram delicacy in Hyderabad

Must Read

Seam bowlers may make an impact in early stages of IPL: Ponting

Dubai, Sep 19 : Seam bowlers could make a significant impact in the early stages of the Indian Premier...

Chennai Super Kings win toss, opt to bowl in IPL opener

Abu Dhabi, Sep 19 : Last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to bowl...

Battle of teams seeking first title (IPL Match 2 Preview)

Dubai, Sep 19 (IANS/GloFans) The second game of the 13th Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played between two...

MOHAMMED SHAFEEQ

Hyderabad: It’s Muharram and so it has to be the time for the delicious and crispy “Dum-ke-Roat” in Hyderabad.

In this historic city famous for biryani, haleem and several other mouthwatering dishes, the ongoing Islamic month of Muharram is the season for this sweet baked round cookie, made of wheat flour, sooji, vegetable oils, sugar, honey, clarified butter and dry fruits, and available in many leading bakeries in the city.

Known for its unique gastronomic culture, Hyderabad late last year made it to UNESCO network of creative cities under the gastronomy category.

While the popular biryani and most of the other delicacies are available round the year, there are few which will be on the platter only on special occasions.

The holy month of Ramadan is the season of lip-smacking haleem and during Muharram, it is Dum-ke-Roat.

Like many other businesses, haleem too was hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown. As a precautionary measure, hotels across the city did not prepare the dish during the entire month.

Though the overall situation improved during the last three months, the business of Dum-ke-Roat has also taken a hit compared to previous years.

“The maximum sales of Dum-ke-Roat was from people who used to take it to the US, Australia, Gulf and other countries. As there are no international flights now, the business is down by 30-40 per cent,” M.A. Majeed, owner of Pista House, told IANS.

Majeed, whose Pista House popularised haleem during the last couple of decades, said they had also made some changes in the recipe of Dum-ke-Roat to make it popular among all sections of people. “We add more saffron, dry fruits, pure ghee, khoya, some rawa and other ingredients to act as immunity boosters,” he said.

Syed Irfan of Subhan Bakery said while the suspension of international flights affected the overall sales of Dum-ke-Roat, there was no big impact on local customers.

“The situation has improved a lot this month. Things gradually improved since the lifting of lockdown and during the month, it is much better,” Irfan told IANS.

The sales volume at the popular bakery is estimated to be around 80 per cent of the pre-Covid times.

“People were very much scared earlier but they are now coming out and buying various confectionary items,” he said.

The 70-year-old bakery is popular for a wide variety of cookies, especially Osmania biscuits and Dum-ke-Roat.

“Starting with Muharram, we sell Dum-ke-Roat for three months. We offer a unique taste with a special recipe developed by us,” said Irfan, whose bakery has been selling the delicacy for five decades.

It is said that erstwhile Hyderabad state’s last ruler Mir Osman Ali Khan once offered Roats to an ‘Alam’ (standard) during Muharram for the safety and well-being of his grandson, Mukarram Jah Bahadur. Following this, people started offering Roats at various ‘Alams’ installed during Muharram and this practice is still continuing.

Over the years, Dum-Ke-Roat became a delicacy during Muharram. Some families prefer to make them at home but a majority buys them from popular bakeries.

It is usually sold in one kg and half kg packs.

The increase in the cost of ingredients has made the bakeries and restaurants revise the price upwards by Rs 40 a kg. This year, the delicacy is priced between Rs 640 to Rs 700 per kg.

Subscribe us on The Siasat Daily - Google News

Latest News

Seam bowlers may make an impact in early stages of IPL: Ponting

Dubai, Sep 19 : Seam bowlers could make a significant impact in the early...

Chennai Super Kings win toss, opt to bowl in IPL opener

Abu Dhabi, Sep 19 : Last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to bowl against defending champions Mumbai Indians...

Battle of teams seeking first title (IPL Match 2 Preview)

Dubai, Sep 19 (IANS/GloFans) The second game of the 13th Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played between two of the most inconsistent performers...

CSK restrict MI to 162 for 9 in the IPL opener

Abu Dhabi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s astute captaincy was backed up by some brilliant bowling at the back end as Chennai Super Kings restricted Mumbai Indians...

New-look Dhoni returns to competitive cricket after 437 days

New Delhi, Sep 19 : Enigmatic cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday returned to competitive action after 437 days — a period that...

More Articles Like This