History of Kokani Muslims settled in Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) is documented well in publications such as the Bombay Gazette and newspapers like Times of India since the later part of nineteenth century. Many prominent Kokani Muslim families' names, their activities and contributions to social and cultural life are accessible.
Konkani Muslims are natives of Konkan region in Western India, the population is mainly concentrated in the Maharashtrian districts of Mumbai, Raigad, Thane, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg. Muslim people of south Sindhudurg near Malvan and the former Maratha princely states of Sawantwadi and Oros speak a dialect of Konkani called Málvani language.
There are Konkani Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan who migrated after the Partition of India in 1947. The Konkani Muslims in Karachi now speak Urdu and have assimilated with other Muhajirs. The Konkani Muslims in Karachi are concentrated in the Kokan Cooperative Housing Society, Gizri in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
There is a large Konkani Muslim diaspora community of economic migrants working in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, the UK, the USA, South Africa and East Africa (where they have been established for almost a century).
The main food of Konkni Muslims is non-vegetarian, mostly seafood. Its staple food is rice and bread made of rice (preferred at dinners) with fish and lentils or vegetables. It is mainly influenced by Maharashtrian cuisine.
Konkani Muslims make different types of sweets which include baitho ghavno, sandan and bhanori.
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