New Delhi: According to Islamic tradition, Ramzan is considered to be the holiest month in the entire year. Muslims all across the world observe roza, a fast and celebrate Ramzan. One of the most basic ideas behind keeping a roza is to inculcate patience and a sense of self-restraint. People who keep roza eat before sunrise (Suhoor or Sehri) and then refrain from eating or drinking anything throughout the day. In the evening, people break their fasts after sunset with a meal called 'Iftar'.
Iftar is a feast that people look forward to after the day's long restrain. Traditionally, one is supposed to eat dates along with juice, milk or water. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad ate three dates when he broke his roza. Iftar meals bristle with varied delicacies. From rich mutton curries to lovely desserts and cooling sharbats, it is interesting to see how every country cooks up something exclusively wonderful. Muslims in Afghanistan relish traditional soups and onion based meat curries, kebabs and pulao whereas our neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh have jalebis, haleem, sweetened drinks, parathas, rice preparations, meat curries, fruit salads, shami kebabs, beguni and many other mouth-watering dishes that adorn the iftar menu.
Iftar breaks the fast as the evening meal where several courses are served - from refreshing beverages and soups to hearty main courses and tempting desserts. CitySpidey has compiled a list of mouth-watering food that you can break your roza with:
Traditionally, the Ramadan fast is broken with dates. This intensely sweet fruit is high in fibre, as well as potassium, magnesium and vitamin B-6. Dates may be served in their natural state, stuffed with nuts or even rolled with coconut.
2. Fresh Fruit Salad
Hydrating, sweet and satisfying, fresh fruit is a must at any Ramadan table. Fresh fruit may be enjoyed during the morning meal of suhoor or evening iftar.
Popular in India and throughout the subcontinent, pakoras are decadent fritters made with a combination of vegetables. They may also be prepared with paneer (cottage cheese), seafood, chicken or meat.
In Bangladesh, a typical Ramadan meal features beguni, a dish composed of eggplant slices that are battered and fried until golden. These are typically served over rice.
Kebabs of all sorts are popular at iftar meals. Some kebabs feature ground meat wrapped around an iron rod (such as Pakistan’s seekh kebabs), while other kebabs are made from chunky pieces of meat grilled to perfection.
This home-style stew has become an iftar favourite thanks to its nutritious blend of mutton meat slow-cooked with cracked wheat, spices and lentils.
7. Chicken Biryani
A family-favourite dish that originated among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, biryani gets its warm and comforting flavour from a variety of spices like cumin, coriander and garam masala.
This humble Indian rice pudding is laced with cardamom and gets the royal treatment during Ramadan with a sprinkle of rose water.
We hope you liked our suggestions for your Iftar menu.