Hyderabad: It still has a magic about it that no other festival special has managed to steal. Vermicelli, and the ‘sheer khurma’ made from it remain indispensable dish served for Ramzan.
With the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramzan) just a few days away, families who deliver the vermicelli at the markets are busier than ever.
Several families in the Chaderghat, Imliban, Yakutpura and Dabeerpura areas make the vermicelli, which is turned into ‘sheer khurma’ savoured on the day of Eid.
The strenuous process of making vermicelli began five months ago.
“It is a time consuming process and purely depends on the weather conditions. So far, we have supplied hundreds of kilograms of ‘seviyah’ (vermicelli) to various traders in the different markets of the State,” says Syed Naser, a fourth generation family member engaged in the vocation and a resident of Pather ka Makaan lane in Yakutpura.
Year after year, the handmade variety is giving a tough challenge to the machine made variety. “Vermicelli is made by mixing maida flour and salt in specified quantities. After preparing the dough, we spread it evenly and dry in the sun,” says Yasmeen Begum, who prepares it at her house on Dabeerpura nala road in old city.
On any day a family of six persons makes up to 30 kilogram of the vermicelli. “It takes a whole day to dry in the sun. If the weather is cloudy then, two days,” she says.
A kilo of handmade vermicelli costs between Rs 140 and Rs 170 while the regular machine-made variety costs less. Women in several household prefer the handmade variety for many reasons.
“Handmade variety is preferred for the dessert made out of it is worth the effort we put in making the sheer khurma,” explains Syeda Afshan, a housewife.
The vermicelli made in the city is bought by traders from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh too. “Traders placed orders with us months in advance and over a period of time we have delivered sufficient quantities.
However, there is always demand and short supply considering the growing nuclear families and limited families into the trade,” explains Yaseen.
In the city, traders at Afzalgunj, Gulzar Houz, Golconda, Tolichowki, Musheerabad, Erragadda and Malakpet stock the handmade vermicelli.
Stable price of dry fruits add on to delicaies
Hyderabad: Eid celebrations have a silver lining this year. The prices of dry fruits have not seen a significant increase this season.
Almonds, cashew, raisins and pistachio are bought in good quantities for the dry fruits are cut and added in the sheer khurma and other delicacies prepared on Eid-ul-Fitr and its following days.
“There is no significant increase in the prices of dry fruits this year,” confirmed Raj Kumar, a dry fruit trader from Begum Bazaar market.
Ramzan also sees several roadside temporary shops coming up at various places selling dry fruits, vermicelli, dry dates, varieties of fennel and areca nuts (supari).