Srinagar: The art of making popular Kashmiri roadside snack, monjguel, is now being mastered by the non-locals, who have even set up shops around shrines across the valley.
While claiming to witness brisk sale of these Kashmiri snacks, Muhammad Aslam, a resident of Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh said, “I had come to the city (Srinagar) more than decade ago and started a sweet shop. But discovering the demand for local snacks was more in the valley, I changed my business.”
“I picked up the art (making kashmiri snack) from my elder brother, who had earlier learnt the art from a local,” Aslam said, adding, “I have now set up a shop near Makhdoom shrine where Tilel kare, Nader Monje, Monjguel, prathe, Halwa and other delicacies are served.”
Meanwhile, the locals still associated with the trade believe that the reluctance of the younger generation to take on the art is a main reason that non-locals got opportunity to adopt this profession.
A local snacks vendor at Khankhai Moulla, Manzoor Ahmad, says, “People in this profession feel ashamed sometimes and have shifted to other occupation.”
“We may criticise these non-local, but like other kashmiri trades they are now taking over the of making snacks,” Ahmad said.