My kitchen will soon resemble an episode of Masterchef when I attempt to cook a three course meal after work to a deadline that is Iftar (when the fast is broken). My husband adds the commentary “you have 5 minutes remaining”!
The traditions of ramadan start weeks before where the house is scrupulously cleaned, new cooking pots purchased and in some cases the house redecorated. I imagine others like myself will start plotting the menus. You are aware of the nutritional benefits of the meals you cook to sustain the body during the long fasting hours.
So what is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar with the start signalled by the sighting of the crescent moon. Muslims will fast from dawn to sunset, refraining from food, liquid, cigarettes, sexual relations and swearing. The idea of fasting is to diminish dependence on material goods, purify their hearts and create a solidarity with the poor. During this month the Qu’ran should be read and prayers increased.
The fast is broken with three dates and leben (fermented milk), followed by a chorba (soup) being married to an Algerian this has to be Chorba frik with Borek which is so yummy!
We will be following this with salads and meats and then desserts. It doesn’t stop there with a final course of mint tea and what we call in our home yummys, normally Algerian honey semolina cakes or baklava.
I hope to be blogging loads of new and healthy recipes over the Ramadan period so make sure to visit me during this time.
To my Muslim readers Ramadan Mubarak!