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Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar where Muslims from around the world fast during daylight hours. Because food and drink is restricted during the daytime, once the sun sets, Muslims embark on what is a feast of food once they open their fast. Even though food is not eaten during most of the day, it still plays a big part of the celebrations.

Here are some of the traditional foods often served during the month of Ramadan that anyone can enjoy throughout the of year.

Delicious Ways to Break Fasting

Once the sun sets, those participating in the fasting, break their fast with an appetizer. Fasts are typically opened with something sweet and/or spicy and salty. Traditionally, people open their fasts by having a date. Normally dates are enjoyed in their simple original form; however this recipe from Healthy Foods for Living takes it up a notch by stuffed with cheese for an even more hearty way to begin the meal.


Another popular dish served mostly in South Asian homes are pakoras. Pakoras are deep fried fritters usually made with gram flour, chopped onions, tomatoes, peppers, spices and sometimes meat.


Anything fried always tastes amazing and when having these after not eating all day, it’s easy to have multiples of these yummy pakoras.

Pakoras are actually quite easy to make and you can throw in any kind of veggie you like into the mix before frying. This recipe from Spicy Khazana makes it easy for anyone to make at home.

Every Big Feast Requires Sweets

After enjoying a big meal full of traditional ethnic entrees or any kind of food one desires from pizza to cheesesteaks, dessert is a universal treat everyone looks forward to. One such treat that’s popular in the Middle East and beyond is bakhlava. Bakhlava is a syrupy dessert made out of filo dough that’s layered with various types of nuts such as pistachio or walnuts. 


Making bakhlava is actually a long process which can take up to a couple of hours. However, the end result is a delicious way to enjoy a decadent dessert. Try out this recipe for your homemade baklava to add a little Mediterranean twist to your dinner menu.

What’s great about Ramadan is the element of people from all backgrounds sitting down at a table and enjoying foods from all over the world. It encourages communication and opens your eyes to other cultures and their foods. Ramadan teaches patience and appreciation and food allows the celebration at the end of the day to be a tasty way to enjoy an evening with old and new friends.  

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