“HE who gives Iftar to another fasting person shall earn reward equivalent to a fasting man without detracting from the reward of the latter”
The positivity arrives with the beginning of pious month named as “Ramadan” or “Ramzan. It’s time this year again as the holiest month of Islam religion is about to kick off. A festival which marks a sense of self control and practice holy deeds. Every year Ramzan witnesses millions of followers across the world partaking in what is called Roza, the period of fasting. According to the Islamic tradition, the basic purpose behind keeping a Roza is to instill a sense of self restraint in oneself. A typical day for the one who keeps a Roza starts before dawn with a lavish meal (known as Suhoor or Sehri), and once the sun rises, he or she follows a strict fast until sun down, when after the evening prayer, the fast is broken and everyone get together to enjoy the Iftar feast.
The Iftar feast is literally a celebration of good food – a day-long restrain culminated into an unbridled indulgence of mouthwatering delicacies. Traditionally, one is supposed to break the Roza with dates as it is believed that Prophet Mohammad also broke his fast by eating three dates. Even if you are traveling in train, you can order Iftar special food in train too with e-catering services in place.
Bustling markets, street decorations, and iftar invitations are essential parts when it comes to the holy month of Ramadan. Thirty days of fasting, dawn till sunrise, have since forever brought a mystical feel to this Muslim holiday; the latter is awaited impatiently by people of the Islamic faith year on year.
But as with everything else in life, exceptions occur. With less than a month to go before Ramadan begins on April 24, apprehension has taken over the usual excitement reserved for iftar gatherings and family get-togethers. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has thrown its weight on the shoulders of Muslim families who eagerly count the days with every turn of the calendar before they’re reunited over prayers and mouthwatering feasts.
Here are best 5 healthy food options you can enjoy this Ramadan Festival:
- Haleem: A rich mutton stew. With lentils, spices and broken wheat, it is a slow-cooked delicacy usually enjoyed during Eid festivities.
- Dum Biryani: A specialty dish prepared during this festival which is perfect mix of condiments and spices along with marinated mutton. People usually prefer to have it along with the popular side-dish called “Rayta”, a wholesome mix of curd, cucumber, onion and small amount of coriander leaves.
- Shahi Tukda: The very name gives it a grand feel and taste. It’s the most preferred dessert during Iftar. The preparation comprises of small bread pieces dipped in condensed milk and served along with some added toppings to make it more enjoyable.
- Faalsa Sherbet: The most refreshing and a must have for the on-going summer season. Nothing short of spectacular, take a sip of this refreshing, healthy drink and you would slurp on it all summer long! Prepared by mixing Falsa with lemon, mint leaves and added sugar. This will keep you energised throughout the day.
- Chicken- Shammi Kebab: This is something which is very much filling and also soothes your longtime cravings. Juicy chicken pieces are minced and mixed with channa dal and a host of masalas. Work them up into patties and fry till crisp. They can be prepared hot for the morning Iftar and later microwaved too.
Staying at home and celebrating the Iftar would be the best way to wish your loved ones during this Ramadan festival.
HAPPY RAMADAN TO ALL