Ramadan has always been a special month to me. A lot of fond memories have been associated with Ramadan. Ramadan is ninth month of Islamic calendar. During this time Muslims round the globe fast from sunrise (Suhoor) to sunset (Iftaar). During this time Holy Quran is recited and special prayers called Taraweeh are performed during night. Ramadan also teaches Muslims how to better practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity (zakat).
During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast. Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.
Since I started this blog way back in 2008, I started on with Joy From Fasting To Feasting, a global Ramadan event where I call on the bloggers round the globe to come and share their recipes with readers of my blog and this event has gained much enthusiasm and publicity over the years. Every season the number of entries have been increased and love to the event has been doubled….Its sixth season of Joy From Fasting To Feasting this year and I happy to announce something new to all the readers, fan and followers of this space.
This year I thought of hosting this event in a different way by calling esteemed Muslim food bloggers round the globe to come and share their warm memories and fond Ramadan recipes, which they treasure over the period of time. Hope you have favorable time visiting here round the month. I had great time clicking this logo picture this year. Hope you like it and enjoy this season of Joy From Fasting To Feasting….Ramadan Kareem to all….
HOMEMADE GARAM MASALA POWDER:
I had many requests in future asking about Garam Masala powder which I use in many recipes. This homemade Garam Masala powder is simple and aromatic. I never use store bought Garam Masala. This Garam Masala is mainly used in Biryani, Non-vegetarian recipes, etc….I store a jar of Garam Masala and Ginger-Garlic paste before the fasts begin during Ramadan. It is always handy and helpful. So here is the recipe for aromatic and fragrant Garam Masala powder which is homemade.
- ¼ cup Green Cardamom
- 2 tbsp. Cloves
- 4 1’ inch sticks Cinnamon
- 2 Star anise
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 Nutmeg
- 1 Mace
- Add the spices to a non stick pan and dry roast on low flame for 1-2 minutes.
- Cool and grind to fine powder. Store in moisture free air tight container.
- Always remember to use dry spoon while taking out ‘Garam Masala’.
- I use this same Garam Masala in making Biryani.
DAY #1: Dahi Vada
Chilled Roohafza MilkShake - Roohafza Doodh from Mona of Zaiqa
Kai Pathiri from Shabs of Shab's Cuisine
Ataif bil Ashta from Nazneen of Coffee and Crumpets
Thari Kanji/Semolina Payasam from Zareena of My Experiments With Food
Masala Aleesa from Rafeeda of The Big Sweet Tooth
Sweet Potato Balls in Coconut Sugar Syrup from Tika of Cemplang Cemplung
Oregano & Cardamom Roasted Chicken with Braised Fava Beans, Artichokes, and Peas from Samah of Good Cooks
Chicken Samosa from Thasneen of Cooking with Thas
Chicken Kachori from Ambreen of Simply Sweet 'n Savory
Tandoori Fried Chicken
Mango Date Green Monster from Asiya of Chocolate & Chillies
Chicken&Veggie Pie from Farwin of Love and other Spices
Special Bread Toast from Fajeeda of Faji's Hot Pot
Gluten-Free Coffee and Walnut Chiffon Cake from Arfi of Homemades
Pakistani Seviyan from Sumayya of Pukka Pakistani
Skillet Egg in Tomato Sauce from Aysegul of NY's Delight
Piyaju from Lail of With a Spin
Fruit & Cream Trifle
Matar Ki Chat from Humi of Gheza-e-Shiriin
Creamy Spinach Soup from Dr.Sawsan of Chef in Disguise
Turkish Lamb Pides from Dr.Jehanne of The Cooking Doctor
Koshary & Baklavas from Ola of Dr.Ola's Kitchen
Es Timun from Sefa of Negeri Dongeng
Unnakaya from Aish of Spices in the Cookie Jar
Lumpia from Retno of Kedia Hamburg
DAY #28: Spring Rolls from Febina of Febi's Cookbook
DAY #29: Ketan Serundeng Ikan from Fitri of Rumah Manis
DAY #30: Pan Fried Chicken and Carrot Cutlets from Suhaina of My Singapore Kitchen
A big thanks to all the wonderful people, though being busy with Ramadan, took out time and made this journey of Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VI a memorable journey.