Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ramadan Foods

As far as I can tell, that's a real Burger King ad. And from my favorite food blog, The Kitchn, here is a list of Ramadan foods. This year, Ramadan started on August 21 and ends Saturday, September 19:

Remember that the Muslim world is large and is not only in the Middle East; there are Muslims worldwide in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The types of food served vary by region. The meals are served either at home with family, or in the community mosques, or other designated places within the Muslim community.

Some foods that may be served at a Ramadan suhoor or iftar:
Dates, pistachios, other nuts, and dried fruits
Fresh seasonal fruits
Fresh seasonal vegetables
Chabbakia - a dessert made of fried dough flavored with orange blossom water and coated with sesame seeds and honey. (Morocco)
Paomo - a bread & mutton soup (China)
Ramazan Kebabi - a dish made with lamb, onions, yogurt, and pita bread. (Turkey)
Sherbet - the world's first soft drink, developed in the Ottoman Empire. Sherbets are made from fruit juices, extracts of flowers, or herbs, and combined with water and sugar. (Turkey)
Chapatis - unleavened flatbread that is rolled up with vegetables and meats. (India and Pakistan)
Lavash - a soft, thin crackerbread. (Armenia, Azerbaijan)
Fattoush - a salad made of vegetables and pita bread. (Lebanon and Arab countries)
Tabbouleh - a salad made with fresh tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and bulgur wheat. (Middle East)
Khyar Bi Laban - cucumber and yogurt salad (Middle East)
Chorba - lamb stew with tomatoes and chickpeas (Morocco)
Fasulia - stew with green beans and meat (North Africa and the Middle East)
Bamia - a stew made with meat and okra (North Africa and the Middle East)
Mujadarra - a dish made with rice and lentils (Middle East)
Konafah - a pastry made with phyllo dough and cheese (Middle East)
Qatayef - a type of Arabic pancake filled with sweet cheese and nuts (Saudi Arabia, Palestine)
Ful medammes - fava beans cooked with garlic and spread on bread (North Africa)
Kolak - a fruit dessert made with palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf. Fruits such as jackfruit or banana are added, or mung beans. (Indonesia)
Haleem - a porridge made of meat, wheat, and lentils. (India)
Paneer cheese (Persia and India)
Jalebi - deep-fried dough batter soaked in syrup. (Pakistan)
Shabi kebab - fried patties of ground meat and chickpeas. (India and Pakistan)


  1. I know, some of those foods sound good, huh?

  2. This is the only one that makes me wary:
    "Fresh seasonal vegetables" :[