Ramadan Mubarak, friends!
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims all around the world observe the month by fasting from sunrise to sunset for 29-30 days, depending on the moon sighting.
Fasting all day can be very difficult. That's why it's extremely important to watch your diet during the month of Ramadan. Staying hydrated after iftar, or breaking fast, is very important as well.
Muslims break their fast by drinking water and eating dates. Dates are extremely nutritious and are made up of 80% sugar. They restore the sugar levels in your body and are very easy to digest, giving your body a quick boost of energy.
Lentil soup is also a big part of Ramadan. In most Palestinian homes, lentil soup is on the menu for iftar almost every night. After not eating all day, enjoying a big bowl of lentil soup is perfect. It's filled with nutrients and helps your body recover from a long day of fasting. Lentils are filled with protein and are a great source of iron. The complex carbohydrates found in lentils help you control your appetite, which is very beneficial when fasting all day.
I always serve sambousek, or samousas, at ifar. Our family favorite is sambousek filled with cheese. It's the perfect pairing with your soup or salad for the night.
I make sure that every single night I make a big salad for iftar. Growing up, fattoush was the salad my mom would make every night during Ramadan. Now, I continue that tradition in my home. I love the burst of flavor that this salad has to offer.
Making nutrious and filling main dishes can be quiet tricky sometimes. But I can tell you one thing, you can never go wrong with Kabseh. I personally love to make this dish when I have family gatherings. I don't really know why, but it tastes better when you make this dish to feed a large group of people. It holds a permanent place on my iftar table because of it's immense flavors! Kabseh can be made with chicken, beef, or lamb stew - it really depends on what you love. My favorite is kabseh with chicken, but really, it's amazing with beef and lamb, as well.
Dessert is also a big part of Ramadan! When you're fasting all day, you crave a lot of different foods. But I'll tell you for sure 99.9% of the things I crave are desserts. Even if you're not a dessert person, in Ramadan, you become one. Enjoy a cup of tea with a piece of namoura. You deserve it!
From my family to yours, we wish you a Ramadan Mubarak.