Dhakaiya Profession

Bakarkhaniwalas- A Case Study

Posted in Food-based professions by rrasheeka on February 10, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Wiping sweat of off his forehead, Mohammad Shohid Mia concentrated on preparing the dough for the next batch of Bakarkhani he was going to bake. He was sitting in the farthest corner of the extremely small room they call their shop. He had been making Bakarkhani for as long as he can remember.

His hometown is in Sylhet but he came to Dhaka when he was quite young. since then he has been in this shop. He lives in Nawabganj and walks all his way to this shop which is in Lalbagh. The shop is opened at 5 o’clock in the morning. Many people like to have Bakarkhani as breakfast. From 5 to 2, he makes Bakarkhani. After that he sits and waits for customers to come and buy the Bakarkhanis he made.

Two types of Bakarkhani can be found in this shop. One type is sweet and the other is not. Both cost 2 taka per piece. But 1 kg Bakarkhani is sold at 80 taka.

According to him, although Bakarkhani is a popular snack and they sell well,even then,with the price hike that has been taking place for the last two years and the availability of other food items, the demand for Bakarkhani has fallen slightly.

The amount of Bakarkhani that sells each day differ to a great extent. According to him, everyday while he closes the shutter of the shop at 12 o’clock at night,he doesn’t know how much he is going to sell the next day.Everyday is a new struggle, a new challenge for him.


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  1. Adib Sajed Adel said, on February 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    As I am from Old Dhaka and grew up having these nice Bakharkhanis, I really enjoyed reading your post. You have mentioned every details of this Bakharkhaniwala. A nice post.

  2. rrasheeka said, on February 17, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    thank you Adib.i hope you will enjoy my other posts as much!!

  3. Khaled Saifullah said, on February 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Pretty interesting to read because it helps to understand your another post Bakarkhaniwalas (Bread-Makers).

  4. Geoffrey Hiller said, on February 24, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I’m getting hungry reading this post. Here in Portland there is a very nice Lebanese restaurant I went to last week that serves pretty good roti. Still not as good as what you find in Dhaka…

  5. smriti said, on April 22, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Bakarkhani o my god I like it very much….

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm

      I love bakarkhani’s 🙂

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