We are going in to the second week of Ramadhan, a holy month for Muslims all around the world. For one month; this year from Aug 11, we Muslims fast during the daylight hours and abstain from food, drink and other physical needs. We use this time to refocus attention on God, practice self-sacrifice and re-evaluate ourselves.
However, there is one tradition we Malaysians love and wait eagerly come Ramadhan and that is the Pasar/Bazaar Ramadhan which offers an assortment of food for sale for hungry visitors. Temptation to buy more than what we can eat at these Pasar Ramadhan is definitely HUGE!
And I'm sorry to say that hotels and restaurants are raking a huge profit by offering Iftar or Buka Puasa buffetts too. For me, spending way too much money for these buffett to break one's fast is a waste and don't reflect the true meaning of fasting.
I know I love the abundance of food available at Pasar Ramadhan and I definitely wouldn't say no to an invitation to break fast (iftar) at some nice hotel/ restaurant, but I am also mindful that these aren't a reflection of what Ramdahan is all about. Well, I am guilty of taking a break from cooking during Ramadhan! We usually will buy one or two dish at the Pasar Ramadhan every day. *^-^*
But with all these food available abundantly around us, there is only one item that always have a place on my dining table every morning for Sahur (a meal before dawn) and Iftar (breaking fast) and that is kurma (dates). Dates provide sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium. Taking one to three dates when breaking fast will give you an immediate energy boost.
To all fellow Muslims, we wish you a blessed month of Ramadan Al-Mubarak.