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21 May 2017

Iftar Dishes From Around The World

The blessed month of Ramadan is right around the corner. This means, every morning (for 30 days), one-fifth of the world’s population will unify to abstain from worldly pleasures. Almost 2 billion Muslims will wake up at dawn to observe a fast till dusk.

It’s almost mesmeric to see thousands of families and hundreds of nationalities to follow a single schedule of life. From their passport colour to their daily feast, everything differs YET the spirit of the holy month remains universal.

In order to celebrate the blessings of Ramadan, here are the 10 most filling dishes that are eaten around the world.

1. Ramadan Pidesi — Turkey

You don't often come across a dish that's so synonymous to Ramadan that it actually has the very word in it. This Turkish flatbread is commonly made with yeast or wheat flour and then shaped with hands.

A classic pidesi is topped with sesame seeds but it can also be stuffed with meatballs and veggies.

2. Nonbu Kanji — Sri Lanka

No Sri Lankan iftar table is complete without the ultimate comfort food — nonbu kanji. It's a filling rice dish of porridge consistency, cooked for hours with meat and vegetables.

3. Ash-e Reshteh — Iran

Made with Iranian noodles, this filling dinner soup packs a lot of healthy nutrients. It's a satisfying blend of chickpeas, beans, noodles and lots of fresh herbs.

4. Qatayif — Egypt

No other food symbolises the delicacies of Ramadan in Egypt better than a plate full of qatayif — Middle East's answer to traditional pancakes. The filling inside these dumplings can be sweet cheese, nuts or raisins.

5. Mansaf — Jordan

Arabs don't hide their love for lamb so no surprise that mansaf is the national dish of Jordan.

The mouth-watering flavour of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yoghurt and served with rice or bulgur keeps Jordanians excited for Ramadan.

6. Veggie Pakoras — Pakistan/India

South Asian meals, in general, have little to do with health; so naturally, their Ramadan delicacies are filled with mouth-watering snacks like fried veggie pakoras, samosas and spring rolls served with spicy chutneys.

7. Es Kelapa Muda — Indonesia

Es Kelapa Muda translated as young coconut ice is probably the most famous drink in Indonesia. And how can it not be? It's made with chilled coconut water, coconut flesh and syrup.

No wonder it ranks amongst the 50 most delicious drinks of the world.

8. Harira Soup — Morocco

It's a scrumptious blend of flour, tomatoes, chickpeas, onions, lentils, rice, meat and olive oil — the perfect meal to fuel an empty stomach.

9. Luqaimat - Saudi Arabia

It's a paradox really, the blessed month (that's meant to lighten the soul) turns heavier for the body.

Take for example the most popular Arabic snack, luqaimat. These crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey from the inside dumplings are dipped in date syrup and garnished with sesame seeds.

10. Harees - UAE

The multi-cultural nature of the country brings the best of international cuisines to Ramadan feasts but harees — the comforting blend of meat and wheat with a pinch of salt and herbs remains an all-time favourite.