Pune: Iftaar, the elaborate evening feast for breaking fast during the month of Ramzan, lost a bit of sweetness over the last one week due to milk shortage following the farmers’ strike. However, now the milk supply is back to normal and the eateries are back on track serving the popular delicacies.
Desserts served during Iftaar are mostly milk-based like Firni, Shahi Tukda, Dudhi Halwa, Kheer and Faluda. The eatries that are specially put up during the holy month of Ramzan faced the shortage of milk during the farmers’ strike from June 1 to 4, and then Maharashtra Bandh on June 5, had slowed down the production of sweet dishes served in Iftaar.
As milk is the key ingredient in the recipe of the sweet dish, the vendors had to limit its use.
“Firni is purely made of milk and khawa (mawa). Some add rice in it to balance the amount of other ingredients but we make it with milk. The milk is boiled for hours to reduce it to half. It then gets the thickness which enhances its taste,” said Mustafa Shaikh, Head of the managing team of Imdadi group.
“Daily we require an amount of 100-150 litres of milk to make all kinds of sweets. But we had to manage with only 80 litres of milk for two days. “Though we tried to get milk from other vendors, it was difficult to serve sweet dishes in large quantity. Nevertheless, now the condition has improved and we are back on track with our special dishes like Kashmiri Faluda and Kharbuja (musk melon) Faluda,” said Shaikh.
The Kashmiri and Kharbuja (musk melon) Faluda served here is quite famous in Pune. Kashmiri Faluda is prepared from milk, khawa, roohafza and garnished with dry fruits.
While Kharbuja Faluda is made of smashed musk melon, milk, vanilla ice-cream and garnished with chopped musk melon and dry fruits.
The Imdadi group has turned 32 years old this year and still retains its legacy to serve the people during the holy month of Ramzan proficiently.
It is the only eatery in the city which is non-commercial and has been helping the students, patients and underprivileged of the society through the profit generated from the business over three decades.