One of my early memories of Ramadan was being my mother’s little kitchen helper as we whipped up our massive but usual feast for Iftar. A spread brimming with crispy pakoras and samosas, flavorful Bangladeshi jaal muri, freshly squeezed lemon shorbot, and an assortment of seasonal fruits, including the oh-so-essential box of dates, it was the time of year my family always looked forward to!
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting (sawm), is one of the most commonly observed pillars of the Islamic faith. Rooted in modesty and patience, it’s a period when followers abstain from the worldly pleasures of eating and drinking, consumption of harmful substances (such as alcohol and cigarettes), and intimate partner relationships. It’s also a time to curb negative thoughts and behaviors, such as anger and resentment. Instead, observers focus on introspective reflection, prayer, and community service, all the while adhering to their daily routine.
During the month, observers fast from sunrise to sunset, forgoing even water―summer was always a struggle for me! Awakening early in the morning before dawn, families enjoy Suhoor (or Sehri as Bangladeshi Muslims call it) and break the fast at dusk with Iftar, once again surrounded by family or maybe even community members at the local mosque. It is a time of connecting for many.
For our practicing readers, we have compiled a plethora of recipes that are perfect to share with your family and friends. These recipes range from full-fledged meals you can serve for Suhoor or small bites to enjoy for Iftar before Maghrib Namaz. From the Simply Recipes team, we wish you Ramadan Kareem! May your Ramadan be peaceful and fortuitous.