Karwa Chauth is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in India. Indian married couples across the country celebrate this festival in full swing and that marks after Purnima and before Diwali. In it’s true essence the festival is a bond between a husband and wife, where the woman received blessings for her husband so he can live for a long time.
Fenia (a form of Vermicelli) and Katlama both are important food items for the occasion of Karwa Chauth. It is given as a Karva Chauth sargi which is something that is gifted by a mother-in-law to her daughter-in-law on the occasion of Karwa Chauth. The demand for Fenia and Katlama increases during the festival and several shops become functional only to make these snacks.
There is such shop in Tarore, Jammu famous for its Fenia and Katlama. People from all parts of the region specially visit the shop to buy Fenia and Katlama from them. Krishan Lal, owner of the shop who also work in mobile communication said that this shop is in this place for 35 years now. It remains functional only for a month before Karwachauth.
He added that they make Fenia and Katlama on demand and supply them to four district of Jammu Provision. They supply it to district Samba, Udhampur, Kathua and Jammu. They sell Fenia and Katlama on retail and wholesale as well.
He disclosed that the cooks are specially called from Kanpur, UP because of their unique method of cooking thin and light Fenia exactly how our customers demand. He added they tried the local cooks for sometime but they failed to bring out replica anywhere close to how they cook.
He also reiterated that they never compromise on the quality of the snacks and cook them with high quality cooking oil and Ghee. He reaffirmed that they have earned their loyal customers who are buying from them for the past 35 years.
It is a hard labour to prepare these snacks at it takes approximately 4 hours to make one quintal of it, said one of the labours.
The demands for Fenia and Katlama are also at peak during the month of Ramzan and on the occasion of Eid and other such festivals.
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