Food is something that makes Ramadan special, by bringing a community together with flavoursome delicacies. Here are three ingredients which you can use in your recipes and savour their bursting flavours. These ingredients are not only rich in essential nutrients but are a good energy source for those fasting during the day.
Saffron is considered one of the world's most valuable and expensive spices. Apart from adding flavour and class to the food, saffron holds quite the significance in the Islamic community mainly for its medicinal value, which comes with numerous health benefits. It not only has anti-diabetic properties but also aids digestion and reduces inflammation. It is also known to have a calming effect on the mind, which can be particularly beneficial during Ramadan, when Muslims are encouraged to practise self-reflection and introspection.
Honey is described as a source of healing in the Quran. For centuries, honey has served as a natural sweetener. It is rich in multiple medicinal properties. It boosts the immune system and gives you energy, which is quintessential during this month. Adding honey to recipes not only contributes to healthier food using natural sweeteners, but also aids with medicinal advantages, by strengthening immunity during long fasting hours.
Another ingredient with historical importance for the Islamic community is vermicelli. It finds its application in various sweet and savoury recipes. In the Middle East, vermicelli is often used in desserts like kunafa, a pastry made with vermicelli and cheese. Vermicelli can be used to make seviyan, the most consumed sweet dish during Ramadan.
Words of Wisdom
“The people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds. So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it” [Quran 99:6-7]
This verse serves as a timely reminder that even the smallest, seemingly most insignificant act of goodness will not go unnoticed by Allah. Encouraging us to do good even when it seems as if we are completely alone or at our lowest, this verse can give us inspiration in the goodness of every act of charity or kindness in this world, no matter what the scale may be.
Prepare vanilla milkshake
All you need to do is add a glass of milk into a mixer, some vanilla ice cream and vanilla essence, and a tablespoon of honey and blend it well. Top it off with chunks of dates and you are good to go. This refreshing drink is perfect for breaking the fast and provides a good energy source.
Iftar in Pakistan
Preparations for Iftar commence about three hours beforehand, in homes and at roadside stalls. The fast is broken by eating dates, or simply by drinking water if dates are not available. Savouries such as jalebis, samosas and pakoras are also served during Iftar. Several restaurants also offer Iftar meals during this time. Right after Iftar, Taraweeh prayer takes place which is followed by people flocking to the local bazaar for festivities.