Dhakaiya Profession

Lassi Maker- A Case Study

Posted in Lassi Maker by rrasheeka on April 3, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Lassi-making is an art and not everyone can make it. Although lassi is widely available, good lassi-makers are difficult to find. The best lassi-makers can be found in the Chak Bazar in Old Dhaka. I went to the first lassi shop in Chak bazar and talked with the lassi maker there. His name is Mr. Siraj and he has been making lassi in this shop since the shop opened.

The shop first started around 60 years ago. The owner of the shop died around 25 years ago and his only son has taken over the ownership since then. For the last 60 years Mr. Siraj has been employed in this shop and his loyalty towards this shop is such that even though he has been offered the job of lassi-maker in various places, he kept continuing to work in this shop. He is very satisfied with his work and the shop is like his second home.

When he first started working in this shop he was a young boy. He needed money and work and his uncle taught him how to make lassi. Little did he know that the magic in his hands would be such that one day it would make people go to Chak Bazar only to have a glass of lassi of his hands.

His children have families of their own now and he is very happy with the life God has given him. According to him, he couldn’t ask for a better life.

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  1. maharuq said, on April 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    the most tasty and refreshing drink. sometimes i feel like travelling one hour, joust to get hold of a chilled glass of Lassi

    • rrasheeka said, on April 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm

      yeah…i knows what you mean..

  2. Adib Sajed Adel said, on April 22, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Lassi is a refreshing drink, very popular among Dhakaiya people like me. Is this picture taken at Noorani or Beauty lassi shop??

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:42 pm

      Noorani

  3. smriti said, on April 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    yaaa I also like lassi……..and its very helpful in this season[summer]….

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      Yes. Nothing more refreshing than a glass of lassi on a hot summer day..

  4. Safina said, on April 25, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    yeah..nothing can beat a glass of lassi on a sunny day!!
    like the pic…

  5. fojailnohel said, on April 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

    i love lassi..its really tasty, specially in old dhaka area. you ll find so many of them..and the sales rate is too high..customers wait eagerly to have it and they always enjoy it, how lassi maker is making lassi….interesting pic

  6. Saima Nahid said, on April 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    i just love lassi..during this summer nothing better can be thought except lassi…yum yum 🙂

  7. kashef said, on May 2, 2009 at 11:27 am

    lassi in dhaka is muted. lost is original taste n turned into sumthin wired in its name. lassi is foung in karachi n delhi. they r gud.

  8. Dena Bell said, on May 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    What make lassi making an art? What ingredients and methods do they use in the Chak Bazaar? I’ve never been.


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