February 14, 2011

A stroll around good old numaish

Hyderabad has ever so many exhibitions happening through the year, but nothing beats the numaish. It has shopping, entertainment, plenty of eats--from all-time favourites like popcorn and cotton candy--to chat, tikkas, mirchi bajjis and now, Chinese fast food. The numaish has truly become a classic of our times, and certainly has character. Despite the same stalls being in the same place year after year, there still is a newness about it.

This year we tried a dish we hadn't eaten before--called mutabbaq ( the word means 'folded'), an Arabian snack. A mutabbaq can have many kinds of stuffings, but the one we had was stuffed with egg, veggies and lots of coriander. We had to wait for a long time before it was cooked to the satisfaction of the chap making it, but it was well worth the wait...it turned out to be a just-crisp-just-soft, almost-melt-in-the-mouth, hot and very tasty snack that one thinks about long after the eating has been done!

The numaish having become the subject of photographic interest for Ragini, who has been playing around with her camera, we wandered around for much longer than usual. I was inspired to take my Kodak along too. Here are some pictures (The really good photos, of course, will be among the daughter's FB collection!).


It cooks and cooks and cooks...but the mutabbaq is well worth the wait!

Why does this popcorn always taste better than any other popcorn?

Plenty of these

Cycles and flowers...

...and lots of chappals!

The banner outside the exhibition...who are they saying this to, I wonder

Sorry...came backwards...this is the entrance.

Note that this is the 71st edition...it certainly deserves the classic label!



5 comments:

Usha Raman said...

reminds me of the good old days when a january was not complete without a visit to exhibition grounds, a plate of chaat (you couldn't get bombay bhel anywhere else then) and of course the water-balloon yoyos!

Vasudeva Siruguri said...

label

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Usha: Yes, the yoyos were a favourite...we used to call them lai-lappa!
Vasudev: Thanks! Changed it.

Dhruva's Grandpa said...

Did you visit the Kashmiri Stall for the bedspread ?

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Murali anna...no, by the time we went to numaish, Achintya and Arundhati had left. So there seemed no point getting the bed spread.