Traditional Hyderabadi dishes embrace way more than dum biryani, proves a staff of girls at Luqma kitchen studio

Traditional Hyderabadi dishes embrace way more than dum biryani, proves a staff of girls at Luqma kitchen studio

Raziya Begum, Farheen Begum and Syeda Anees Fatima collectively full cooking a meal for 100 folks by 9am each day. They are a part of a staff on the Luqma kitchen studio by Safa in Darulshifa within the Old City (Hyderabad), the place I met them to discover how they dish out genuine Hyderabadi dishes like dum ka keema, khichdi khatta, khatti dal, bagara chawal, dalcha, shammi kebab, aside from the ever present biryani and haleem. Luqma in Urdu means a morsel.

 One of the ladies mashing chicken and other ingredients in a traditional flat grinding stone to make shammi kebab

One of the women mashing hen and different substances in a conventional flat grinding stone to make shammi kebab
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The three women have been busy with their order for a personal lunch. While Raziya checked the khichdi to make sure that it was not squishy or getting burnt, Suraiya was busy tidying the kitchen and Fatima was wielding a conventional hand masher on the toor dal that had been cooked with tomatoes, salt and turmeric. Seated at a desk exterior the kitchen was the supervisor of Luqma, Nahid, going by means of the orders for the week forward.

Luqma shouldn’t be a typical restaurant the place one can place orders and sit down for a meal or take away parcels. It is a enterprise incubator that helps deprived ladies to start out their very own food companies as a livelihood. It is an initiative by Safa (that means a brand new web page), a social enterprise that seeks to empower ladies and younger ladies who’re victims of gender discrimination and put them on the trail to a dignified residing. Since cooking is a well-liked talent, Safa trains the ladies to make use of their culinary expertise for a livelihood. It runs Luqma as a industrial kitchen by selling genuine Hyderabadi dishes from conventional properties.

Fareesa Khan

Fareesa Khan
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Co-founder Fareesa Khan says, “My sister Rubina Mazhar and I began Safa to offer one thing again to the group. So whether or not one digs into mutton tahari, talawa gosht or a biryani, it’s merely the true Hyderabadi house flavour.”

Raziya has 5 kids and was widowed when her youngest daughter was lower than a yr previous. With her husband being the only real incomes member of the household, together with her in-laws, she needed to step in to grow to be the breadwinner. Neighbours steered Raziya enter the tailoring unit at Safa; there she heard concerning the industrial kitchen thought. Raziya says, “I like cooking, so once I was advised there’s coaching and we might make Hyderabadi food for food lovers, I used to be very happy to hitch.”

The kitchen is now a life-saver not only for Raziya and her staff however the households they assist. Farheen says, “When we get suggestions on our food, it makes us completely happy. We wouldn’t have identified about our expertise if we had not taken take this step.” 

The kitchen at Darulshifa can cater to to three,000 folks and is ready up with the assist of native and NRI philanthropists. Luqma can also be engaged in getting ready subsidised meals for faculties, shelter properties and spiritual occasions on a no-profit (like an NGO) mannequin.

Of the ten ladies within the kitchen, three ladies work on rotation within the kitchen each day. When wanted, in addition they take the assistance of different ladies who have been educated at Luqma kitchen studio however are working in different departments akin to handicraft and tailoring.

Open to all

Nahid says, “Anyone and everybody who desires credible Hyderabadi food can order our food. On the menu, there are some Hyderabadi speciality dishes and we ship throughout Hyderabad and Secunderabad by means of any viable supply service, if one is unable to select it up.” 

The team at work at Luqma kitchen studio

The staff at work at Luqma kitchen studio
| Photo Credit: G Ramakrishna

Luqma additionally has a small studio that may very well be rented out for curated meals, literary meets and so forth. “While we would like extra folks to make use of the studio, we additionally need to ensure that the ladies listed below are comfy. This shouldn’t be a hangout spot; we might like to see critical and like-minded folks utilising the studio to host Hyderabadi meals for his or her family and friends. It is a food expertise that can delight these searching for conventional food,”  added Fareesa

Raziya says, “We have completed breakfast orders as nicely for which we are available very early to ship the order on time.”

The ladies of Luqma kitchen studio are doing a Hyderabadi food pop-up at Novotel Hyderabad Airport Shamshabad. The pop-up ends on Oct 2.

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