The city’s iconic Tunday Kababi, famous for its ‘galauti kebabs’, reopened after five days, bringing relief to foodies. Its USP – buffalo meat kebabs, however, were missing from the menu, as buffalo meat was still a ‘scarce commodity’ in the state capital.
During the day, the eatery served only mutton and chicken kebabs. The eatery had downed shutters due to meat shortage after sellers went on strike against the state government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses.
Other eateries in its vicinity in Nazirabad too were found open on Thursday. “We decided to open the outlet as supply of chicken and mutton was restored on Thursday,” said Mohammed Usman, the owner of Tunday Kababi, which was established by his grandfather in 1905.
But, Tunday’s oldest outlet that used to sell only buffalo meat kebabs in Chowk remained closed. Usman, who was found clueless over restoring the sale of buffalo kebabs, said: “In the present scenario, procuring buffalo meat is still impossible. Hence, it will be difficult to tell when we will start serving buffalo meat kebabs.”
On regular days, around 80 kg of meat, including mutton and beef, is consumed at Tunday Kababi’s Old Nazirabad outlet, said Usman.
It was on March 23, Tunday Kababi first introduced chicken kebabs in its 112-year history after the supply of buffalo meat suffered following the UP government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses.
Many who queued up at the outlet missed the buffalo meat kababs. “Something is better than nothing. Chicken kababs are no match for buffalo meat kebabs,” said Mohammed Shahbaz, a foodie who came all the way from Kolkata to have galauti kebabs.
Shahnawaz, another food lover said, the non-veg dishes were completely off his menu in wake of meat sellers’ strike. “In such a scenario, having mutton or even chicken kebabs is OK. Something is better than nothing,” he added.
But, a good majority of foodies missed the taste of the buffalo kebabs and were heard asking, ‘Bade ke kebab kab se milenge (from when will buffalo meat kebabs be restored)?”