Ready for Ramadan?

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Aug 112009
 

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It’s just around the corner and I can’t believe it!

This will be one of those years when I don’t get to fast, so I’m a little bummed. I enjoy being a part of the whole Ramadan culture of fasting and gathering with friends for iftar (breaking of the fast).

I’m planning to really try my best to utilize this Ramadan as a time for reflection. I also want to try to get back on track with healthy eating and cooking. Being pregnant just makes me want to eat anything and everything. I’ve been good for the most part, but I think eating several bags of Peppermint Patties kind of defeats the purpose lol.

If you have any ideas for great Ramadan recipes that are healthy and easy I’d love to post them on the site and share them with everyone. If you have pictures of your dish that would be great too!

What are your plans for this Ramadan? Are you doing anything different or are there certain things you do the same every year?

  13 Responses to “Ready for Ramadan?”

  1. Is it just not permissible, or not required to fast while pregnant? I started preparing a little over a week ago, because I live pretty far north and the daily fast is very long (over 16 hours at the beginning). I plan to just eat normal food. It seems to be easier that way – some people apparently gorge on food at Iftar and make life difficult for themselves.

    I’m vegetarian, so my typical food includes:

    fruit salad with yogurt;

    homemade hummus (with fresh-ground multi-colored peppercorns) on real whole-grain bread (the kind where you can see all the grains, but you can barely see the actual bread) with tomato slices on top;

    hummus without the bread but with carrot sticks dipped into it; whole wheat pasta with different kinds of sauces with chick peas thrown in;

    a few handfuls of dried cranberries from the health food store;

    fresh-squeezed citrus juice;

    and a banana before bedtime.

    But if I want to spoil myself a bit, I get a piece of cake from the bakery downstairs, for example:

    a ‘kremówka’ – very nice pastry with two different kinds of cream, or

    a piece of ‘metrowiec’ – an extraordinarily decadent black and white cake roll layered with cream, covered with chocolate icing, decorated with chocolate cream and candied fruit. Its name supposedly comes from its being made in pieces a meter long, and then cut on the diagonal into more manageable segments. Not sure whether that’s true or just urban folklore, but it sure does taste good regardless…

    Or I take some fresh raspberries and stuff them with Nutella (chocolate hazelnut paste).

  2. I’m planning to try and do taraweeh prayer every night and invite people for iftar. Usually I’m too busy but I want to do more this year and have a feeling of community. I miss my family back home and hopefully this will make me feel better :)

  3. Caraboska: your description of iftar has made me so hungry right now. Or maybe I’m just always hungry? lol.
    I especially love the dessert you described.
    As far as fasting while pregnant I’m not sure about the specific rulings but you’re never supposed to fast if it’s going to compromise your health. I’m far enough along in my pregnancy now that it will be detrimental to the baby’s well-being if I don’t get in enough calories. But I’m sure people differ in their opinions :) I also never fast while breastfeeding because your milk supply can dwindle if you don’t get enough calories in. But I guess that’s TMI hehe.
    Fatin: that’s great you’re going to do more with others, I would love to do the same, but there is not much of a community downtown as most people live in the suburbs and only come here for work.

  4. Mariam, Please don’t think I eat all that for Iftar! I mean, I’m a big girl, but not quite THAT big! The fruit salad with yogurt and, say, juice and a few dried cranberries would be Suhuur, and the rest would be over the course of the evening, not even all at once… Another thing, I try to drink at least as much water as I do juice over the course of the day. Another thing: what is TMI?

  5. “What is TMI?”
    I got this exact question today from the better half- apparently it is not as common as I imagined. :D
    Oh, and it’s “too much information.”
    And that food sounds awesome :D

  6. Oh, now that I know what TMI means, no Mariam, it’s not because while I might not be pregnant or breastfeeding, someone else might be. And this kind of info would be very necessary for such a person. So you definitely did the right thing by mentioning that info.

  7. When i first got married and i was pregnant with my first son my doctor told me that fasting is ok, because its only from sun up to sundown, but being pregnant it is more voluntary, because as you said it depends on your health, but my sheik told me its up to the doctor to tell you if its unhealthy or not. but the scholars say that for a woman to determine if fasting while breastfeeding will harm the child, scholars say the woman should ask a doctor if it would be harmful, because the scholars say ‘ask those who know’ because it says that in the Quran, and Allah knows best ;)and i know you can find ALOT of answers on islamonline.net about issues like these.

    I love to cook but I have 5 kids 6 and under and its kinda hard to make the kind of food i like, i end up staying up late to cook new things for my husband when he gets home but i would like to try some things that i commonly see at an iftar especially the desserts, there is this one that looks like a pancake with some kind of cheese filling, and sometimes its a nut filling, i forgot the name of it but its so good!! and I am really trying to perfect my Makluba, oh! and I want to try Mansaf also, I love arab food!!! I love indian food too but i cheat and buy the curry mixes or sauces in a can, lol. there is a brand we just found called seeds of change, it is great!!!

  8. Sera the dessert you’re talking about is called Qatayif. And man I can’t imagine how busy you must be with 5 kids mashallah! And I think one is a lot of work lol.
    I just made makluba last night hehe.

  9. oooooooooooooooh!!!! Jazakallah now i can look it up!!!

    oh i tried this afghan recipe a couple weeks ago i was looking for something at my husbands request and i came across this afghan recipe and when i mentioned it to him he flipped because apparently he LOVES afghan food (personally i dont know the difference in cultures when it comes to arab/asian food because they tend to use alot of the same ingredients) its like lamb and spinach but i used stew meat, i found it on allrecipes.com but then i googled it also to verify the recipe and it came out great!!! its called Chalau, i guess you can also make it with chicken!

    yes 5 kids…lol pretty busy… my youngest is 12 days old, alhumdulillah. one child IS alot of work girl, children need alot from us!!

    my maklubeh always comes out all over the place!! my chicken is never on top, it always comes out all mixed together, the rice is always everywhere!! but i notice that the amount of chicken i cook never completely covers the bottom of the pan then i think oh well the veggies will cover those spots but it just comes out a mess, i mean it tastes good, but i cant get it to come out layered like its supposed to! and sometimes my husband says if i could make a vegeterian maklubeh because we eat the rice an veggies more than the chicken!

  10. Man, I wish I could eat healthier during Ramadan. The problem is, fried foods are just SO good! And Pakistani specialties during Ramadan are just amazing.
    I always think, “Ok this year I’m going to eat healthy during Ramadan and plan ahead.” But, when it’s iftar time and I’m starving, nothing satisfies you quite like a pakora. :)
    I’ll say it again now: This year insha’Allah I will try to eat healthy. Or, at the very least, make more of an effort to work out during the month! After all, I have to fit into my Eid clothes. haha

  11. MMMMM Pakora!! Anything fried is delicious and I have a huge weakness for desi food and I mean HUGE!
    The problem now is I get heartburn if I eat anything too greasy or spicy.

    I wonder if baked Pakora would be good? Inshallah I’ll try my best to post one easy recipe each day of Ramadan from around the world. And if you guys have specialties I would love to include them!

    Hey maybe we could put together a nice cookbook compilation? :)

  12. Heheheheh Mariam, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. I hope there will be some veggie dishes in there :D

  13. Can I ask for some advice here? What do you do to avoid getting a splitting headache while fasting?

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