Haleem eating competition draws crowds in Hyderabad

November 14th, 2007 - 1:58 am ICT by admin  
Hyderabad is famous for its non-vegetarian dish “Haleem” which literally means patience, because it takes long hours to prepare the dish. It is made of wheat, mutton, gram, pulse, curd, onions and vegetable oil with a sprinkling of spices. It is served with lemon juice.

The contestants were given two kilograms of vegetarian haleem in three boxes.

The winner of the competition was Mohammad Saleem who managed to eat two ilograms of Haleem in 30 seconds.

“I am feeling really good. They gave us two minutes to finish it but I don’t know in how much time I finished that much,” said Saleem.

An eatery in the city, called ‘Pista House’, started organising this competition in 2003 with vegetarian versions of Haleem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The owner of eatery said he organised the competition despite recent terror attacks in the city to ease tension among residents.

“We have organised this competition to make people feel a little relaxed,” said M. A. Majeed, organiser of the competition.

Haleem, a preparation that has its roots in the Arabia, is the most sought after dish during Ramadan.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a day-long fast without water and end it in the evening, by partaking water and dates.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Hijri lunar calendar, commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran, and has traditionally been a time of religious fervour, settling old disputes and behaving charitably towards neighbours.(ANI)

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