Hamara Hyderabadi Haleem
Come the month of Ramadan, Haleem’s ubiquitous. You find a truly Hyderabadi delicacy at – hotels, restaurants, and cafes, small or big, or simply to say every nook and corner of the city.
Even though Persian Gulf countries (and in some other Muslim countries) call it with different names, it is only Hyderabadi Haleem that has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the World Trade Organization. India has signed its Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) which has been effective since 2003.
Darjeeling Tea is the first to get the GI tag in India.
Of the 295 items till date, very few are food items like Bandar Laddu and Bikaneri Bhujia that have GI tag. Surprisingly, you don’t find Hyderabadi Biryani on the list.
A food item or product with GI tag means something unique in the trade point of view. It equals to something like intellectual property. An item acquires unique characteristics from the region it is from such as Georgian Wine, Cuban Cigars, Roquefort Cheese to name a few.`
Though Haleem has its roots in the Persian kingdom whose rulers came and settled in the place centuries ago, it’s here in erstwhile Hyderabad State the dish has got its unique, aromatic, and distinctive flavour. Hence the name Hyderabadi Haleem.
Ever since that Indication, some popular outlets from Hyderabad city have started to export the food item to different countries. One way the GI from the WTO has helped it to attract the new customers.
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