Our Chennai host, Sundari is bringing you the recipe for a delicious and popular South Indian tea-time snack, dal fritters. Made with chickpeas and deep-fried to crispy perfection, dal fritters provide the health benefits of chickpeas along with the renowned tastiness of fried foods. Keep reading for a taste of traditional South Indian cuisine enjoyed straight from your own kitchen. Thank you Sundari!
Ramadan, a month of intense prayers and fasting currently being observed by Muslims worldwide (June 5 – July 5th, this year), is considered to be one of the five pillars of Islam. According to the Royal Embassy of Saudia Arabia:
“Ramadan, the month during which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, begins with the sighting of the new moon, after which abstention from eating, drinking and other sensual pleasures is obligatory from dawn to sunset.”
However, there is also a very special meal after the fast that Muslims can look forward to, iftar. Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset. We recently shared with you one of our host’s favorite recipes for breaking the fast, Malaysian fish head curry. But iftar differs across Muslim communities around the world. Here are some of our favorite iftar traditions the span the globe!
In India, most Muslims break their fast with haleem because it is very filling. The preparation of haleem is considered to be an art as it is slow-cooked for hours together on firewood. The ingredients include meat, barley, pulses, pounded wheat, spices, especially kababchini (all spice) and ghee. The garnish includes fried cashews, golden fried onions and a slice of lime. Check out this recipe if you are curious!
In Pakistan, iftar is usually heavy, consisting mainly of sweet and savory treats such as jalebi. The jalebi is by deep-frying a wheat flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup.
Beguni is a must have recipe for Iftar in Ramadan in Bangladesh. Beguni is a Bengali snack made of eggplant which is sliced and battered before being either fried or deep fried in oil. We have also found a video recipe for you!
In Turkey, sugar and sweet foods symbolize happiness and goodwill, and no iftar is complete without sweets and candies during Ramadan. One the most beloved sweets since the Ottoman Empire, the baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
Happy Ramadan to everyone celebrating this month!