Ramadan is hardly a week away, Alhamdulillah… Days are flying so fast… I am sure most of us must already be totally geared up to welcome the blessed month. This year, I have been really low on my eemaan for many reasons, so I am so looking forward to charge myself up with all the ammunition required for the coming up year. Sometimes, the way life becomes, you loose track of yourself and I feel that Ramadan is Allah’s gift to us to pull back our wayward soul to concentrate on what pleases Him and keep all the worldly matters aside.
Since we concentrated on savory snacks in the last post, let’s look at having something sweet! Normally Ramadan is not a time when many have sweet stuff. In fact, in our house sweet is restricted to juices and maybe the sheera like drink we have at the time of Iftar. And then the fruits! Otherwise, if I bake or make something sweet, it remains untouched for quite a long time. Still, I am sure there are many who like to relish something sweet after their Iftar, dinner or maybe even Suhoor. This post is for those people then. 🙂 I am dividing the post into portions so that it becomes easier to navigate, InShaAllah.
First I will concentrate on drinks. Smoothies, Milkshakes and Juices are such a prominent part of the Iftar table. I don’t think even a day passes without me trying different varieties, since we all need it as soon as we have our dates and water. Here are some personal favorites:
Fruit Custard Drink – leftover magic of Iftar! 🙂
Qamardeen – a traditional Arab drink
Sharjah Shake – a personal favorite!
Sago Rose Milk– giving your simple rose milk a twist!
We also have this habit of drinking something thick and heavy. This keeps our stomach really filled and full too. Here are some Hot Filling Drinks for Iftar time:
Sweet Snacks – when we have guests and make multiple dishes for Iftar, sometimes we do want to make at least one item sweet. Here are some ideas:
Unnakaaya – one snack that is frozen for the whole month in many Malabar houses!
Desserts – sometimes, we do crave for some cold or warm desserts, that go well during Iftar time or like a treat after dinner, once the Tharaweeh prayers are over. Here are some easy options:
Muhallabieh – an Arab favorite during Ramadan!
Fruit and Nut Custard – a family favorite any time!
Baked Goodies are not something that is generally welcomed in my house during Ramadan, but I know of some who like to have cakes as a part of their Suhoor or just a light meal in between. Here are some healthy bakes, which stay well for a longer period too…
Joining in the party are some of my blogger friends, with their special sweet offerings for all of you…
If you like to be a bit prepared, then look no further than Niloufer’s Lemon Concentrate. Make it ready, keep it in the fridge and you can have lemonade everyday without the fuss of having to juice lemons daily!
Basbousa is one dessert that appears on Ramadan Iftar tables in many households, and mango is in season – so combine it up to make Fami’s Mango Basbousa.
If you like a really light fruity dessert, then here is Lubna’s Mango Fool – not to get fooled by the name, I bet it is delicious!
Huma’s Ande Ka Burrada is a very interesting dessert, for those small bites.
Since Ramadan is going to be in summers in many countries, here is a very healthy dessert for your Iftar or even Suhoor – Shanaz’s Basil Chia Seeds Yogurt Fruit Parfait
Caffeinated drinks are usually not advised during long fasting hours. What about some Hijazi Almond Coffee that Shazia brings along? No, there is no coffee at all, just almonds, milk and some spices!
Shabbu has come with a traditional Malabar snack called Kalthappam – one of my favorite snacks!
Asiya comes with her simple Fruits Custard, so apt for an easy Iftar snack.
Ruxana shares her version of the Thari Kaachiyathu made in pure coconut milk.
Nazeeha shares her love for anything passion fruit with this Passion Fruit Delicious, so apt for a light after dinner dessert.
Sadia brings along her popular Bread Kanafa which is a quick fix version of the traditiona Kunafa.
Since dates are an important part of an Iftar menu, we can’t ignore Zareena’s version of the Rangienak, a delicious date dessert in a wheat base.
If you are in an elaborate mood, then you can try Lubna Jidda’s Royal Pista Falooda, all made from scratch.
Asiya’s Banana Almond Protein Smoothie is just enough to get you back to your energies after a long hot fasting day or even for Suhoor.
If you want something different for your Iftar, then here’s Niznaz’s Coconut Milk Caramel Shake… sounds yum!
Layered desserts are always a favorite, so I am sure Aisha’s Layered Custard Dessert with Strawberry Compote clicks all the right notes!
Hope you all enjoyed this post and found it useful. InShaAllah, over the coming days, you will see some really easy recipes that you can try and cook for the month, just like how I like it – that won’t take much of your time. 🙂 Hope to see you all sticking around…