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KFB Foodie Talk: Ramadan Recipe Ideas

 
For
our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).
 

It’s
the month of Ramadan people!!! I love Ramadan season and to be frank, i
really can’t wait for my sallah meat from my lovely neighbors and
friends alike (Make una take note o). Today i’d be giving you meal ideas
that would take you through this fasting period.


I
remember way back in secondary school when my friends and colleagues
had to observe the fast. Muslims were usually awoken as early as 3am
before sunrise to observe the pre-fast meal called the suhoor.
They made sure they ate properly very early in the morning to give them
energy throughout the day. 
 
Meals served during this period are usually
the types that are easy to digest while providing energy during the
fasting hours i.e Foods rich in Carbohydrate for energy, foods rich in
healthy fat for energy, foods rich in protein for body building as well
as energy when carbohydrate and lipid resources are not available. 
 
At
sunset, the fast-breaking meal known as iftar is served.
This starts with Fruits, then a robust main course meal, more like a
combination of lunch and dinner. Upon eating the fruits, there is a
break for prayer and after the prayer comes the Starter, then main
course and if the belly permits, Dessert. Traditionally, the fast is
broken with some dates and a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruits,
fruit juices and water. 
 
This allows time for the digestive system to
prepare itself for the iftar . The first foods that you consume upon
breaking a fast are critical to nourish the body, and should not be
something that is difficult to digest and be absorbed in the body.
 
 Raw
fruit juices and fruits such as Watermelon, pawpaw, banana, grapes,
cucumber and apples contain much water content and are easily digested
and assimilated in the body as well as provide nutrients and energy that
the body needs. 
 
Minimize your intake of citrus fruits such as orange,
grapefruit, tangerine at first since they may feel too acidic once it
gets into your stomach. To re-hydrate your body, drink a glass of clean
water. Once again, please note that your first meal after any fast
should not be a heavy full meal else it’d lead to constipation. The
internal digestive system will not move that solid food eaten until it
starts functioning again.
Happy Ramadan Kareem to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. Have a blessed Ramadan and may God accept your Prayers.
What
do you usually have for suhoor & Iftar. Send in clear pictures of
your meals to [email protected] with your names. This would be
showcased on the blog. 

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Kemisola Ade

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of Kemi Filani News. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday! Email: [email protected]

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