Sale of traditional Iftar items on rise

RAWALPINDI: A great rush of customers is being witnessed at special stalls set up in every nook and corner of the city for sale of the Iftar items. Traditional Iftar snacks like vast variety of samosas, pakoras, kachories, dhai bhalay, channa chaat, jaleebi, and patti roll are being sold as hot items these days, and the people are seen standing in queues to buy them. Although the prices of these items do not allow the common people to use high-fat and costly items but they are not ready to compromise on purchasing the traditional Iftar items. Muhammad Rizwan, a shopper at Commercial Market, said that he and his family wait for the holy month to enjoy fasting and its delicacies in the form of spicy and crispy delights. He admitted that doctors strictly ask the faithful to avoid oily and high-protein items, suggesting keeping their diet simple, especially at the time of iftar. "But, I cannot stop my hand from these items after around 17 hours break," he said. Chaudhry Naveed, a shopkeeper at Kartarpura Food Street said that this year, the number of customers was more than his expectation due to our name and specialty of making quality fried items, including katchories, pathoras, samosas, and patti roll. District Health Officer Javed Iqbal Chaudhry advised the faithful to avoid spicy, oily, and high-fat items at Iftar to avoid stomach ache and intestines related disorder. He suggested the use of dates, fresh juices and fruits, and simple diet to avoid complications in Ramazan and the monsoon season. 

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