S. Abdul Khaliq Sweets

S. Abdul Khaliq Sweets is an old bakery located near Boat Basin, Karachi, Pakistan.[1]

S. Abdul Khaliq Sweets
Founded1835; 189 years ago (1835)
FounderShaikh Abdul Khaliq

History edit

The roots of the bakery comes from Persia in the early 16th century.[2] The Moghul Emperor Humayun, son of Babar, recaptured his throne by invading Northern India in 1555, after being in exile in Persia. Upon regaining his throne, he invited the makers of the Halwa he had grown so fond of to come to India. Hence, the ancestors of S. Abdul Khaliq became the official Halwa makers for the Moghul and remained so until 1835.[2] In 1835, Abdul Ghafoor received permission to share his wares with the public and opened a shop in Ghanta Ghar, Chandni Chowk, India.[2]

At time of independence, the two famous Mithai makers, Abdul Khaliq and Abdul Hanaan, migrated to Karachi from New Delhi.[3] The flagship store was opened in Saddar, Karachi in 1947, they currently have only one branch in Clifton, Karachi.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ Tirmizi, Bisma (October 22, 2014). "Food Stories: The mithai platter". DAWN.COM.
  2. ^ a b c "S Abdul Khaliq: 500-year-old mithai brand struggling to expand". The Express Tribune. 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ "The sweetest things in life". DAWN.COM. September 27, 2008.
  4. ^ "Is it the beginning of the end for S. Abdul Khaliq's 400-year-old legacy?". Pakistan Today. 14 November 2016.