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. (more…)

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Lassi Maker

Posted in Lassi Maker by rrasheeka on March 31, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Lassi is a popular and traditional drink and it originates from North India. It is made by blending yogurt with water, sugar and ice. It is also sometimes consumed in another form by mixing spices, salt and pepper with it.

This drink was brought to Bangladesh by the Sindh of Pakistan as this was one of their favourite drinks. It remained popular even after the Independence. It has now become an integral part of the Bangladesh’i culture. It can be found in many Bengali food places all over Bangladesh but the taste of the traditional lassi can only be found in Old Dhaka. The Lassi makers of Old Dhaka have been in the profession for a long time and they are very popular for the lassi that they make.