Hyderabad: More than a dozen food takeaway joints between Toli Chowki and Mehdipatnam operate from as early as 2 am during the month of Ramzan. A blessing for bachelors, professionals and working women in the city, these restaurants offer a wide range of dishes and international cuisines to those who aren’t able to cook a meal before starting their fasts.
Sehri should be eaten before sunrise and it is difficult for working professionals to cook. “I hardly get time to sleep every day due to shifts at the hospital. There is no way I can manage to cook a decent meal before 3 am. If I don’t have proper food, chances of feeling exhausted increase,” said Dr Sameena, a doctor working at a super-speciality hospital.
Many young professionals prefer nihari, paya and naan, khichdi, khatta and keema. A couple of such options are available in Banjara Hills and Gachibowli too, and more hotels say they are wondering about starting such a facility once they assess the demand.
Crystal 7 at Masab Tank offers a Sehri buffet, which includes around 10 items for less than Rs 150. Most old city hotels offer the same, but women find it difficult to travel to these places daily due to the distance factor. However, bachelors love it.
Adil Siddiqui, the administrator of the Halal Foodie Group of the city, spoke about why buffets and takeaways from the old city hotels are preferred. “Hotel Shadab is an excellent place for Sehri. Hotel Nayab near Madina is another good option. They start dalcha, chawal and bhuna keema as special dishes for Sehri along with regular breakfast items like bheja fry, bhaji gurda, paya masala with butter naan and plain naan,” he said.
Within a week, combos and offers are usually introduced and one should keep a tab on the food guides and Hyderabad’s foodie groups....