Ramadan Mubarak - Revel in the spirit and relish the tradition
By Pinkerala News Desk | May 16, 2018
The ninth holy month of the Islamic calendar has started. Ramadan, which is considered the most sacred month for Muslims, is the time when they prepare themselves for the purity of body, mind, and soul. A ritual of fasting is followed from early morning itself along with the commitment to instil divine qualities through prayers, discipline, and compassion. At the end of the day, families get together during sunset, offer prayers and break the fast with dates and water.
The culmination of fast with the energy and sweetness of Dates (khajur)
Abstaining from food and drink since dawn to dusk while observing spiritual practices benedicts one with adherence and self-control. However, this purification process may deliver inconveniences like headaches, drowsiness, nausea, and sleep disorders. Dates are an excellent respite from these side issues. Rich in natural sugar, they provide stamina to the brain and nerves. Loaded with essential minerals, fibres, and vitamins, they grant high nutrition at the time when it is most required. Pacifying the feeling of hunger, dates prevent over-eating once the fast is closed and aid in digestion.
Other than dates, many traditional sweets add to the flavour of holy days during Ramadan. Let us dive into the sweetness of this festival with the following Kerala Ramadan desserts:
The delectable Unnakaya
The dessert derived its name from its shape (of Unnakaya or cotton pod) and originated in the region of Malabar. Made with plantain and coconut, Unnakaya is savoured during Iftar and other festivities.
Semolina Milk Drink
Made from durum wheat also called pasta wheat, semolina means to grind into groats. The roughly textured semolina is used to make a dessert with milk. During long fasts of Ramadan, semolina drink has been a time-tested refreshment for the rumbling stomach, providing lots of proteins, carbohydrates, iron and vitamin B & E.
Savoury Puff Pastries
Originated before the 17th century in Muslim Spain (Spain and Portugal territories), puff pastries are made delicious with fillings of egg, raisins, almonds, and coconut. They are cooked with the lean dough that gets stretched and rolled many times with butter. At the most, the dough can be folded six times to give it a classic shape.
Herbal Saffron Milk
Saffron is the most beneficial and expensive orange-flavoured spice made from the stigmas of crocus and has been highly regarded for heart health and promoting satiety. When combined with milk and nuts, it forms an excellent serving to relish during Iftar. The drink also promotes sound sleep after the long stretched day of exciting festivities.
Have an enlightening Ramadan.