Ramadan Eating Habits in Saudi Arabia

Ramadan is a one month season in which Muslims fast during the day, basically from the sunrise until the sunset. And when we say “fasting” we mean completely fasting, no water no nothing.

This is why this season in particular have it’s own unique diet, dishes, and drinks. They are prepared in a way that makes you compensate and nourish our body once you break the fasting. That being said, still there is a number of exteremly fatty and sweet and heavy recipes that are only prepared during Ramadan.

So Ramadan Breakfast “Iftar” table consist of many things, and you decide how to start your meal.

Mainly, everyone like to start with Dates! and the date mate is a cold heavy cream “Gishta”. You divide dates in half and dip it in Cream and indulge your senses as you earned it after a long fasting hours. The cream is firm not loose in body, and it is really creamy and heavy, very slightly sweet – from lactose not added sugar- , the date whether it’s moist or hard, too sweet or not too sweet; it will be great when dipped in Gishta!

Some replace the Gishta with Laban “drinkable yogurt”, as it makes you feel fuller faster. You will enjoy the combination of sweet and sour and hints of dairy if you choose to consume this choice.

Arabic coffee must be on the table (You can read more about Arabic Coffee here) https://artofsenses.com/2019/01/09/arabic-coffee/ and some like to start with it first along with dates. From a health point of view, it is not recommended to drink coffee first thing when breaking a long day fasting, as caffeine causes dehydration and Arabic coffee has a high caffeine content. But am one of those who start with it !

Now many choose to pray and then come back and start eating the meal, and some like to eat on one go. Once they come back from prayer, they will find the table ready to be attacked!

I will only list table content in this article, and then will explain the properties of these items on a weekly article during Ramadan.

For Food, Ramadan table must contain: Soup – is a must eat daily-, a choice of pastry or bakery -Sambosah most popular-, and a salad. Some people choose to add rice, pasts and other dishes that are eaten in regular days.

For Ramadan Drinks: (again bear with me and try to pronounce the following names) Ghamar Eldeen, Karkadeeh (hibiscus), Tamar Hindi (tamarind), Jalab, Soobia

For Ramadan desserts: Loqimat, Sweet cheese Sambosa, Kataief, Puddings like Mohalabiahو rice pudding, and Debiazah

Next week, the article will bee about Ramadan foods. stay Tuned!

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