Ramadan in Triplicane

Firdhouse is not a well-known restaurant. But the restaurant, which is on one end of Triplicane High Road, does brisk business. The food may not look hygienic but I have never fallen ill and I eat there at least once every week, not out of choice but because it’s damn convenient for me. The restaurant is a stone’s throw away from my house. But what’s really special now is the food they serve now. Yesterday, I had a meals (food that they used to serve only during lunch) at 2 am! You read right, that is am not pm. That’s because this is the month of Ramadan.

I am not really clued into Muslim culture and how this changes the food habits of Muslims in what is so obviously a special and holy month for them. The one year I stayed in Hyderabad, I could see how the Old City transformed itself during this month, especially during nights. My friends and I used to visit the Old City every night after finishing our work on the desk at The Times of India. They used to serve a kinda gruel which was so tasty, that it became mandatory to order that every single night.

I wish we had the sense to be religious, but we merely stuck with the dietary habits. None of us ever fasted, though I wish we had. It would have been a really healthy way of doing things.

So, last night as I munched away, memories of my year at Hyderabad and the holy month of Ramadan came flooding back. Thought I would share them with you!

3 Comments so far

  1. Ravi Chander (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    I think the gruel you mention is ‘Haleem’. Yeah my mouth salivates when I see Ramzan food on TV clips.

  2. Murali (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

    Being a guy who grew up in Triplicane, Fridhouse was always one of the hot spots for us. Tea with samosa after cricket in the beach…..

  3. nandhu (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    it’s indeed Haleem, Ravi. Thanks for reminding me. I try not to forget. Wasn’t it this gruelly but absolutely sumptuous dish? and so cheap too! any of u go to hyderabad, make sure u try it out in the Old City. Just ask for restaruants – there’s a whole bunch of them – that serve Haleem.

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