At times, a lot of sadness engulfs the heart and the mind. Unnecessarily, unknowingly, catching me off guard. Being the month of Ramadan, I am trying to create and thrive on a lot of positive thoughts but at times, I do break and as human, it is normal. Somehow, I am reminded of this Hadith today:
“There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.”
[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
At times, we need to continuously keep reminding ourselves that we do a lot and leave a lot for the sake of Allah. Maybe things may not show as of now, but InShaAllah during the course of time, it becomes visible but not necessarily in this world. A detailed description of the above Hadith can be found in this link, for those who would be interested to read. 🙂
During Iftar, we normally make something to drink right after breaking the fast. Normally, it is the Tharikanji, but now I am trying more varieties into it. At times, I make oats, or Kooka Kaachiyathu and sometimes even the Paal Vaazhakka in a more flowing form by adding some water. Now I have discovered that the men are starting to like this version of a nice filling drink that I am already putting it into my list to make it at least a couple of times before Ramadan ends. Raagi or finger millet is well known for its benefits, and personally I never liked it before till I tried making this malt, and I must say I am hooked. The only other way I would use raagi was to make this puttu, but now I have found one more way to use it! Hopefully I will try to use it more into my cooking – hopefully, that is! Hehe… Off to the way this healthy drink is made…
- 2 cups skimmed milk
- 2 tbsp raagi (finger millet) powder
- 1 tbsp almond powder (optional)
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- A pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp honey
- Sliced almonds for garnish
- Combine all ingredients except the honey in a saucepan. Mix well and bring to cook on low flame till the mixture boils.
- Since raagi takes some time to cook, cook till it gets done.
- Switch off the flame and add the honey. Whisk vigorously till well combined.
- Pour into mugs, garnish with almonds and enjoy!
You can sweeten the drink with sugar, brown sugar or grated jaggery - the choice is yours!
You can even make this with part coconut milk instead of milk.