“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil);” (Surah Al-Baqarah:183)
This happens to be my fourth Ramadan blogging, Alhamdulillah. Each time the month comes, it gives me an opportunity to let my readers know about the importance of the month. We as Muslims, celebrate this month as a gift from the Almighty, however difficult it may be taking into account the climatic conditions. But it is His Mercy that this month comes across all seasons as years pass by. So during a lifetime of a person, he fasts easily during winters and with a little bit of difficulty during the summers, however with all the benefits of the month. I have already touched upon the month’s benefits in my posts from the previous years, which you can refer to the archives, if you wish, but InShaAllah, will keep touching upon it as we go through the month… The du’a or invocation at the time of breaking the fast is a very beautiful one…
ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ وَثَبَتَ الأَجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللهُ
“The thirst has vanished, the veins have been wetted and the reward is established – Insha-Allah.” [Abu Dawud]
The Prophet (PBUH) has said: “Whosoever fasts experiences two joys. He is joyful when he breaks his fast, and is joyful because of his fasting when he meets his Lord.” [Sahih Muslim] May Allah make all of us amongst them, Aameen…
Not posting this recipe at the beginning of the month wouldn’t make justice! We always have our fruits as is. That’s the way the men and the kids enjoy, and Alhamdulillah, I am lucky in that case. Even though my kids would be fussy with eating cooked food, they love raw food and would happily eat their apples, bananas, cherries, strawberries, grapes, cucumber, cabbage, carrot, etc. without much fuss. How many times I have to say Alhamdulillah for that! 🙂 But most of the homes are not blessed that way. I never knew that there was something called “fruit chaat” till I had it at a relative’s house during their Iftaar. Their daughter was telling me they prefer eating their fruits this way. Fruit chaat is nothing but a mix of diced fruits of your choice, spiced up a little with some cumin and chaat masala. Since I know I would never have to make them for the folks who are always dicey about a little bit of sourness in our food, I made this two weeks back for the blog (yes, many of us do that! 😉 ) and the kids didn’t look at it. Rasha retorted, “Ummi, why did you have to put all those powders in there? It would have tasted much better without it.” Hehe… But I loved it. HD and B took a small portion each and the remaining, I ate it up over two days. 😉 So if you have fussy people who want the fruits to appear a tad bit different, then this chaat is a good bet. Apart from the chopping up, it comes through together in no time and is good party food too. Another delicious idea of having your fruits is to have it along with custard! 🙂 Off to the recipe…
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1 banana, chopped
- ½ cup green grapes
- 1 mango, chopped
- 1 kiwi, chopped
- 1 pomegranate's arils
- 1 lemon's juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp chaat masala
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss lightly, taking care not to smash up the fruits.
- Keep cold till it is time to serve.
You can increase your chaat masala to 1 tsp if you like its flavor.