Middle Eastern Food

Ramadan Reflection 2015: Thirty Days of Food

Muslims are now celebrating Eid El Fitr (عيد الفطر‎) #EidAlFitr which is the festival of breaking the fast.  The celebration commemorates the past thirty days Muslims were fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan.  Ramadan, if you’re not aware, is a month where Muslims fast.  During the fast, one must abstain from eating or drinking from Sunrise to Sunset.  After sunset the eating session begins!

During Ramadan I maintained pictures of foods we ate on each day of Ramadan.  Some pics of side dishes, drinks, main courses but Mainly of Desserts!!!  Take a look at My Ramadan Food Journey, pics below. Enjoy!

Starters & Side dishes:

It’s traditional to break your fast with a date or with milk.  Everyday at sunset I broke my fast with a date or two, or three lol with a glass of cold milk.  Check out my post on Camel Milk by clicking here.

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Raw Camel Milk

Date Milk Shake

Date Milk Shake – This is a mixture of dates and milk mixed together. You can find the recipe by clicking here.

Date Milk Shake – This is a mixture of dates and milk mixed together.  You can find the recipe by clicking here.

Another staple you will find in our kitchen (Specifically Yemeni Kitchen) during Ramadan is Samboosa and Shorba.

Photo Jun 24, 8 00 16 PM

These are egg roll wrappers filled with beef, or potatoes & peas, or cheese. Similar to Indian Samosas with a thinner crust.

Photo Jun 28, 8 34 56 PM

This is a Shorba – Barley soup with lamp.

Photo Jul 02, 8 35 31 PM

It is very common to eate a combination of Shorba Samboosa and dates. This Shorba is used with whole milk instead of the soup version with lamb broth.

Photo Feb 12, 8 21 55 AM

Strawberry and blueberry smoothie

Photo Feb 06, 1 22 11 PM

Mango Lassi 0 This is a mango shake with raspberry sauce on top.

Main Courses:

Photo Feb 05, 8 44 12 AM

Okra Stew

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Cheese Burger

Photo Jul 05, 11 02 36 AM

4th of July hot dog with mac & cheese and tomatoes on top.

Photo Jul 06, 8 33 11 PM

Photo Jun 18, 9 15 33 PM

Eggplant parmesan.

Photo Jun 20, 9 06 46 PM

Zucchini Crisps with Hummus

Photo Jul 16, 8 39 14 PM

Falafel, tabouli, Muhammara ( red pepper paste) and olives.

Photo Jun 27, 8 24 54 PM

Shrimp Po Boy

Photo Jun 28, 9 07 35 PM

Mix Grill with kofta, kabob and grilled shrimp

Photo Jun 26, 12 38 04 AM

Steamed shrimp on top of Zucchini spaghetti and spinach. This was my healthy side taking over.

Dessert:

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Turkish Delight – This is a sweet soft jelly candy coated with pistachios.

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Brownie

Photo Feb 08, 2 30 06 AM

Mini Pecan pies. In honor of #NationalPecanPieDay

Photo Jan 11, 4 08 09 AM

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

Photo Jan 11, 12 44 08 AM

Fruit Tarts

Photo Jul 02, 7 44 31 PM

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Photo Jul 03, 6 00 22 PM

This is an indian sweet called Jalebi – It’s mostly sugar rolled with some flour and deep fried.

Photo Jul 04, 9 13 06 PM

Qatayif for dessert – This is an Arab dessert that is commonly served during Ramadan – thin pancake stuffed with a Creme filling called keeshta and topped with crushed pistachios.

Photo Jul 05, 8 35 08 PM

Baklava!

Photo Jul 07, 5 52 10 PM

More Turkish Delight

Photo Jul 08, 7 41 40 PM

Stuffed Dates – These dates are stuffed with cream cheese and topped with almond butter and crushed sesame candy – Blog post coming soon.

Photo Jul 10, 8 25 27 PM

Basboosa! This is a semolina cake drenched in Syrup. Its origins are unknown as Lebanese, Palestinians, egyptians and even turkish take claim of this recipe.

Photo Jul 09, 7 33 37 PM

More Baklava – Homemade of course.

Photo Jun 27, 9 01 17 PM

And even More homemade Baklava.

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These are Mamool. Butter cookies with date filling and topped with powdered sugar.

12 replies »

  1. Omg you are making me hungry!!! I love love love samboosa, falafel, hummus. Everything. Next year I think I will keep a food journal too thanx for the idea!!

  2. Hey there fellow Arab-American! Just wanted to say great post and beautiful pictures! Glad I wasn’t looking at this during Ramadan!

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