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Ramzaan, or Ramadaan (in Arabic), is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. Followers of Islam hold a religious fast throughout this month, in pursuit of spirituality, humility, and empathy. Suhoor is the meal that followers have before sunrise, after which, they do not consume any food or drink, till sunset. In celebration of the fast, grand feasts are prepared and consumed after sunset – known as Iftaar. If you’ve never been to any such feasts yet, we highly recommend that you find your way to an Iftaar celebration. The food served varies greatly with the region, but if there is one thing common – it is the divine taste. Even across India, the offerings differ a little. Some of the most delectable delicacies that we wanted to highlight are:
Haleem – most of us are familiar with this lentil-meat soup that is exclusively prepared during Ramzaan. Made of lentils, wheat, barley, meat and spices, this delicacy is almost synonymous to Iftar food everywhere. In India, the Hyderabadi version of the Haleem is most popular. It is a complete meal in itself.
Kababs – the kababs are found perennially in the Mughlai restaurants and stalls in India. However, the variety and freshness of the kababs that are served during Ramzan needs a special mention. You can try them out at proper restaurants or roadside stalls, depending upon your preference. In Bangalore, for example, exotic meat kebabs are fared in special Iftaar melas – camel, emu, quail. Reshmi, tikka, hariyali, sheekh, name a kebab, and you have it!
Keema Samosa – this one is widely found during Ramadan on the food streets of Bangalore. It is mainly made up of minced lamb or mutton and has a thin (almost translucent) layer covering. Keema Samosa tastes best when hot and be careful not to consume leftovers from previous day, which are at times re-fried and served to the customers at less popular stalls.
Sheer Khurma – the Ramzaan special seviya which is basically a vermicelli based sweet dish soaked in ghee, is called Sheer Khurma. This pudding dish is any foodie’s delight and can add up to your calorie intake, especially when they come off with a generous infusion of raisins and dates.
Date Halwa – the Ramadan special date halwa deserves a special mention in this food list. Dates play an important part in Ramzaan, and Date Halwa or Date Kheer will surely leave your sweet tooth craving for more.
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