From my own hometown [:-)], the famous- and extremely yummy- Hyderabadi Haleem has now been recognised as a Geographical Indication.
Now, while noone who has eaten Haleem will deny its unfailing quality to make the mouth water, this GI tag is already under some scrutiny. One of our regular commentators/content providers, Mr. RS Praveen Raj, in this report of The Hindu, has said that just like the Tirupati Laddu, the Hyderabadi Haleem perhaps is not worthy of a GI Tag, for the geographical location does not add to the dish/preparation itself, nor does the same probably conform to the definition as required under the Geographical Indications Act, 1999.
Do we have yet another GI Controversy brewing? SpicyIP definitely hopes so.
In the meantime, Id Mubarak to all! And here are some recipes to make Haleem (not Hyderabadi) at home, or in your city!
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