Thursday, September 04, 2008

Iftar Colors

Something happens on the streets as Iftar, the end of the fast, draws near every day during Ramadan.

Trying to get home in time for Iftar (6:16pm today, for example), the city's working people stop along the way to pick up Iftar food from street vendors. The vendors in turn set up shops colorfully to entice not just the tastebuds but also the eyes of their customers.

Here are some Iftar colors from the streets of Dhaka.


Muri or puffed rice (like Rice Krispies) is a perennial favorite at Iftar. Throw in chopped green chilis and shallots with a dash of mustard oil and lemon juice to make a delicious snack that does not sit too heavy in the stomach.

Dates are also very popular for breaking fast.

When the vendors start setting up shop, they don't have many customers....

...however, as the hour draws near, the crowds move in and money changes hands.

Haleem, a thick soup made from seven varieties of lentils and mutton or chicken, also sells well (though I find it a bit too heavy right after the fast.) These are the containers it is sold in, with prices attached...

...Haleem makers at work...

...and serving it up.

Meanwhile, back in the shop, this shopkeeper preps his own Muri fixings.

Many restaurants stay open during the day, but they cover the entrance with yellow or red curtain, so people dining inside do not offend the fasting people outside.

Near the Iftar stores, these kids were selling Ramadan and Eid greeting cards...

... and this man peddled religious paraphernalia.

At the end of a long day, Iftar shopping done, this man goes home with the booty.


Shahan said...

I love the photographs! You have an eye for beauty.

ulysses said...

Hi Shahan, Thank you very much!

Yasmin said...

I am so glad I did not visit your blog during roja, as my mouth would have never stopped watering. Thank you for sharing these pictures!

ulysses said...

Hi Yasmin,

Thanks for visiting!

Wb said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures! Me and my family are going to Bangladesh this x-mas, and love the "sneak peek" your blog give us.