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What attracts me most about the customs of this month is that the neighbors exchange food with each other, as you find all kinds of food on one table thanks to the exchange between the neighbors. I only feel the atmosphere of Ramadan when I share food with my neighbors so that we can feel its charming atmosphere in many countries, especially if you live in one of the Gulf countries. It is traditionally eaten during Ramadan and I am always eager to try and discover it. Some countries are characterized by traditional Ramadan foods that are famous for and have a special character in them and their heritage. I will tell you some traditional foods to try during Ramadan in this article:

 

1. Turkey:

Turkish cuisine is famous for its rich flavors and spices, and this is no different during the month of Ramadan. One of the popular dishes is “mercimek çorbası” (lentil soup), which is a lentil soup that is usually served at the beginning of a meal. another dish called “Bide”; It is a flatbread with different toppings such as cheese, minced meat or vegetables. In addition to the boiled Turkish manti or Turkish dumplings, it is a popular meal in Turkey and its preparation takes time, but it is definitely worth it. This is in addition to desserts, the most important of which is “Baklava”, which is a sweet pastry made of layers of filo dough and honey syrup, it is a perfect way to end the meal. And we must not forget the Turkish Ashura dessert, which is a traditional Turkish dessert with rich contents that is specially prepared on holidays. It is delicious and wonderful. Try it, as it is rich in legumes.

 

2. Iran:

Iranian cuisine is famous for its use of saffron, rose water, and other aromatic spices. During the month of Ramadan, one of the dishes that is commonly served is “sholeh zard”, which is rice pudding flavored with saffron, cinnamon and rose water. Another popular dish is “Khoresh Ghemeh” which is a stew made of lamb, peas and tomatoes. Ash Reshteh soup is one of the most prominent Iranian Ramadan dishes. The soup consists of a number of various grains and legumes. Red and yellow lentils, chickpeas, red, green and white beans are used in its preparation, and several types of herbs and vegetables are added to all of them, most notably coriander, parsley, spinach and leeks. Of course, onions cannot be dispensed with in this meal. For dessert, try Bostani Sanati, a traditional Iranian ice cream flavored with rose water and saffron.

 

3. Indonesia:

Indonesian cuisine is a mixture of flavors and influences from across the region. One of the dishes commonly served during Ramadan is “lontong sayur”, which is a dish made with rice cakes, vegetables and coconut milk. Another favorite is the grilled satay beef served with spicy peanut sauce. For dessert, try kolak, a sweet dish made with bananas, palm sugar, and coconut milk. In Indonesia, there are many Ramadan foods that are famous for, so all you have to do is choose one of those foods and try it.

 

4. Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijani cuisine is a mixture of Iranian, Turkish and Russian flavours. During Ramadan, one of the dishes commonly served is plov, a rice dish usually served with lamb or beef. Another popular dish is dolma, which is vegetables stuffed with meat or rice. This is in addition to the kebab, which is a very popular dish in Azerbaijan, consisting of lamb or sturgeon fish sprinkled with sour spices such as sumac, and grilled in a grill or tandoor (clay oven). There is also pilaf, which is the signature Azerbaijani dish, consisting of rice flavored with saffron and rich with a filling of meat or vegetables. Azerbaijani pilaf varies from region to region in the way of cooking and serving, and it has many unusual recipes. There is pilaf with milk, eggs, or nuts, which is known as pilaf khan, and it is baked with dough. For dessert, try the “shekerpura”, a sweet pancake made with layers of filo dough and sweet syrup.

 

5. South Africa:

Southern African cuisine is a mixture of African, Indian and European flavours. During Ramadan, one of the dishes commonly served is “samosa”, which are fried or baked pastries usually stuffed with meat or vegetables. Another popular dish is ‘Biryani’, which is a spicy rice dish usually served with chicken or beef. This is in addition to the African Sausage Bread, where the African Sausage Bread is one of the most famous grilled pastries in South Africa. The African Sausage Bread consists of minced beef mixed with lamb, to which flour and a mixture of spices are added. The African sausage bread is one of the dishes adapted from the Dutch cuisine, and it is originally the roasted meat cabbage in the Netherlands. For dessert, try the “koeksisters”, which are very tasty fried sweet pastries.

 

6. Malaysia:

Malaysian cuisine is a mixture of Chinese, Indian and Malay flavours, and during Ramadan, there are many dishes that you can try. One of the popular dishes is nasi biriyani, which is a spicy rice dish usually served with chicken or beef. Another favorite is rendang, which is a spicy beef or chicken dish slow cooked in coconut milk and spices. In addition to “confused”, which is derived from the Arabic word “mtabaq” or folded. It is a fried bread folded into perfect squares, with fillings of different choices. You can choose minced beef, chicken or sometimes goat in the mutabbak fillings. For dessert, you can try the Bobur Cha Cha, a sweet soup made with coconut milk, sweet potatoes, and tapioca pearls.

 

7. India:

Indian cuisine is famous for using spices, as all of India is characterized by spices and contains spices that are only found here, as they are specific to India only. During Ramadan, there are many dishes that you can try. One popular dish is Haleem, a thick stew made of meat, lentils and wheat. Another favorite is the biryani, a spicy rice dish usually served with chicken or lamb. For dessert, try the “shahi tokda,” a sweet dish made with fried bread, sweet syrup, and nuts.

 

8. Kazakhstan:

Kazakh cuisine is a mixture of Russian, Mongolian and Central Asian influences. During Ramadan, one of the dishes commonly served is “Bishbarmak” which is a dish made of boiled meat, pasta and onion sauce. Another popular dish is the steamed “manti” dumplings which are usually filled with meat or vegetables. In addition to “pilaf”, a world-famous rice dish considered a sign of wealth and prosperity in Kazakhstan, the meat is first cut into large pieces and cooked together in a large frying pan with onions and sliced carrots until it becomes crusty and then rice is added with water. For a dessert, try the “bursaki” fried dough balls that are usually served with honey.

 

 

Many people avoid traveling during Ramadan and reject the idea, but in fact, I consider traveling during Ramadan the most beautiful thing I can do in this blessed month, because I discover new Ramadan customs and markets; So I like to travel this month. Traveling during Ramadan does not carry hardship and fatigue as much as it carries pleasure and discovery. When I travel while I am fasting, I do not feel the hours of fasting because I am busy with learning and searching for new things that add to my cultural harvest and my travel experience.

 

Translated By: Nasser Al Turk
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