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Is chicken momo that you eat halal?

Momos are all the rage in many parts of the city, including Okhla. It can be easily termed as the top street food in Jamia Nagar where several kiosks have surfaced serving people momos or Tibetan dumplings.

Of all the variety of momos available in the locality what sells the most is chicken momos.

People of all age can be seen purchasing momos and relishing them. However, it is not known whether these chicken momos are halal or haram.

A few shopkeepers spoken too initially said they are halal. When asked whether they make momos themselves, a few said momos are readymade and are brought from Madanpur Khadar and Jaitpur.

A shopkeeper, who earlier used to sell momos on roadside kiosk, said momos are prepared in “factories”. It is reported that the business of preparing readymade momos is thriving nearby Okhla.

Momos factories have mushroomed in many parts of the city to meet its rising demand.

HT reported in 2010 about Delhi’s latest memo factory. Chanakyapuri, Lajpat Nagar and Majnu Ka Tila and Chirag Dilli Village or CDV are a few names that the report has mentioned.

It reported that CDC is fast emerging as ‘momo factory’ to beat old favourites like Chanakyapuri, Lajpat Nagar and Majnu Ka Tila.

Santosh Tamang, 32, who has been making and selling momos for the last 4-5 years, told HT any regular job doesn’t fetch him more than Rs 2,500-3,000 a month.

“I can earn around Rs 3,000-4,000 just from momos,” said this native of Darjeeling. It is understood that by 3 pm the deliveries go out.

In Jamia Nagar too it is understood that many shopkeepers get their momos delivered from nearby factories.

The only thing they do is that they make sure that it is served hot to the customers.

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