SRINAGAR: Even though traders in the Valley say that business was dampened this Eid, sales of traditional barbecue grills and skewers have been brisk this time with customers keen to prepare mouth-watering barbeques at home.
Even though manufacturers say that sales do rise around Eid with the availability of meat from sacrificial animals, people this year seem to be more interested than ever to venture into making such preparations at home.
Bilal Ahmad Ahangar who runs an ironware shop at Rehbab Sahib – an old city locality famous for iron implements – told Kashmir Reader that his products are in high demand during Eid time.
“Grills made of iron come in handy for preparing barbeques. Prices start from Rs 300 onwards,” he said, adding that one needs charcoal as fuel in these devices.
Shamim Ahmad, who sells iron implements at Batamaloo, said that the grills are in high demand and that he keeps the stuff stocked well for Eid in advance.
Rates, according to him, depend on the size of the grill. Medium-sized grills that cost Rs 400 are in good demand. Skewers cost Rs 12-15 per piece.
Many enjoy barbeque parties at home, but parties at picnic spots are also greatly favoured with picnickers carrying the equipment along and even purchasing seekhs, skewers, to ease preparation.
An avid griller on off-days, Shabir Ahmad Shah said that meat preparation is a norm on festive occasions, but preparing grilled meat is a cherished pastime that no one can resist, given the aroma the meat spreads while roasting.
Many like to serve guests their barbeque dishes, but Shah said that it takes a lot of skill and choice ingredients to make barbeques tastier.
“One has to use more tender meat and different spices to marinate the stuff before it goes over the grill,” he said. There too he prefers tradition over modern amenities. “Different electric grills are now available, but the traditional one that operates on charcoal does add to the flavour of this delicacy.” he said, adding that his old one had rusted and a replacement this Eid was necessary.