April 06, 2023
CM Content Team
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is the most sacred month. It is a time of fasting, prayer, introspection, and social gathering for Muslims worldwide. Throughout the daylight hours, Muslims refrain from consuming food and water as an act of self-control and connecting with the divine.
In 2023, the holy month of Ramadan will begin on the 22nd March and end on 21st April.
Fasting during Ramadan constitutes one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which forms the fundamental principles of the Islamic faith and practice. The fast is intended to instill self-discipline and empathy for less fortunate people. Muslims believe fasting purifies the soul, enhances spiritual awareness, and reinforces one's relationship with Allah.
During this holy month, people wake up each day before sunrise and have a meal called suhoor. After abstaining from food and water for the rest of the day, they break their fast at sunset with a feast known as Iftar, often shared with family and friends.
The grand celebration of Eid al-Fitr marks the conclusion of Ramadan. During this joyous festival, Muslims revel in the company of loved ones and relish traditional cuisine, exchange presents, and give generously to charitable causes.
Fasting from dawn to sunset can be physically challenging, and the body needs nourishment to replenish the energy depleted during the day. Therefore, eating a nutritious meal that provides the necessary fuel and sustenance to get through the rest of the day is essential.
Iftar is also a time for socializing and gathering with family and friends. In many Muslim cultures, Iftar is a time for feasting and celebrating, and elaborate meals are prepared to mark the occasion.
Biryani, kebabs, fruit chaat, dates with milk, shawarma – this is the most common. Let's dive in and learn about some more lip-smacking Iftar dishes you must try at least once!
Indulge in the flavors of North India with the lip-smacking Bhuni Raan! This renowned delicacy features a leg lamb fried to perfection with a blend of aromatic spices. This dish can be best enjoyed with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables.
Chatti Pathiri, a delectable delicacy from the Malabar region of Kerala, is a traditional layered pastry that is savoured during special occasions and the holy month of Ramadan. Made from a batter of flour, eggs, and milk, this palatable pastry is layered with a spiced meat or vegetable filling; each layer is slathered with ghee and then baked to a beautiful golden hue.
Khoresh Fesenjan is a sumptuous traditional Persian delicacy with pomegranate molasses and ground walnuts. This savoury stew is usually served with rice and is often enjoyed on special occasions in Iran. This unique dish can be a delicious Ramzan dish to enjoy with your family during Iftar.
Muhammara, a Middle Eastern dip, is a delectable blend of red peppers, walnuts, breadcrumbs, and spices that tantalizes the taste buds with rich, savoury flavours. Adding pomegranate molasses, a syrup made from the juice of tart pomegranates, adds a tangy note to the dish and balances the spice of the roasted peppers. Muhammara is traditionally served as a dip with pita bread or vegetables. This dish is a true feast for the senses and a must-try for anyone looking for unique and delicious Iftar recipes.
Umm Ali, a delectable dessert of Egyptian origin, is like a bread pudding characterized by alternating layers of phyllo pastry, milk, nuts, and sugar. The dish is sweetened with cinnamon and powdered sugar and is served warm. This sweet dish has transcended time to become a beloved dessert across the Middle East, often gracing tables during festive events and other special occasions. This can be one of the most delicious Ramadan dishes for the Iftar feast.
This delectable treat from the Middle East is made of semolina, flour, sugar, yoghurt, butter, and baking powder. It is traditionally soaked in a syrup made with sugar, water, lemon juice or rose water, giving it a sweet and aromatic flavour. Basbousa is commonly served with tea or coffee, delighting palates with its taste and texture. It is also an ideal sweet snack or a splendid addition to any dessert table.
These are a few delicious Iftar food ideas you must try this year during Ramadan. Indulge in the diversity of flavours and cultures and discover the culinary gems.
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