Ramadan is in full swing for millions of Muslims around the world, and as if fasting isn’t hard enough, the long summer days with a late sunset mean breaking fast will be warmly welcomed every day for Canadian Muslims.
Why do Muslims break their fast with dates?
The tradition of how many Muslims break their fast with dates is routed in the words of the Prophet Muhammad:
“When one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates; but if he cannot get any, then (he should break his fast) with water, for water is purifying.”
The sweetness of dates is paired with water in many instances when first eating after sunset.
The iftar — the meal consumed right after sunset — is often closed with a well-deserved dessert. We also thought we’d treat — here’s a collection of some typical desserts from across the globe that will be served on dining tables across the country as people break fast. Ramadan Mubarak!
These honey biscuits are traditionally eaten during Ramadan in Morocco. The dough consists of flour, Arabic gum, almonds, anise, fennel seed and orange flour. Chebakia is fried in hot oil, immersed in honey and garnished with sesame seeds. So. Much. Flavour.
A traditional Persian recipe of fragrant rice pudding made with basmati rice, sugar, saffron and rose water. The thick pudding is garnished with cinnamon, pistachio and almonds.
Turkish baklava is eaten as a dessert on special occasions (in theory, seeing as it’s too good to avoid on normal days). It consists of multiple layers of filo pastry, filled with butter and flaked nuts. Syrup is used kind of like cement, holding the layers together.
Kashata is a popular dessert in Somalia and holds some similarity to Ferrero Rocher’s. Kashata is made with coconut, syrup, milk and nuts.
Znoud El Sit
Due to the shape, this dessert is sometimes referred to as “the upper arm of the woman”. Interesting. Znoud El Sit consists of fried filo rolls filled with Lebanese cream and dipped in a syrup of rose water and orange flour. Yes please and thank you.