Traditional Ramadan Meals Your Family Will Enjoy This Season

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It’s the holy month of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam along with Faith, Prayer, Pilgrimage and Charity. For the Muslims, this season is about reconnecting to Allah and it involves fasting from dawn to dusk. During Ramadan, Muslims don't eat when the sun is out. They take their meals at dawn,before the sun rises, and at dusk when the sun has set. For this reason, Ramadan meals are not as heavy as they would be at other times. There are some traditional Ramadan meals you can treat your family to as you fast. We'll give you some ideas.

Special traditional Ramadan meals can be prepared that will give you nutrition, while avoiding obesity. So, whether it's the Suhur or the Iftar, traditional Ramadan meals are designed to give you strength through the fast period and replenish you after the fast.

Traditional Ramadan Meals

Want Some Ideas of Traditional Ramadan Meals? Here you go!

Pap & Akara are one of the regular Ramadan meals

Akara is fried bean cakes and pap is made from blended corn. Akara is high in protein while Pap contains carbohydrates, magnesium and potassium. Combined, they should provide enough energy to help you go through the day's fast. This is a great idea for Suhur because it is quick and pretty easy to prepare.

Goat Meat and Plantain Pepper Soup

This is a nice meal to be served at Iftar, while breaking the fast. It is a good source of protein and potassium and the pepper helps to awaken your tired muscles!

Rice dishes with Stew/Sauce

Every Nigerian knows that this is a staple in many homes during Iftar in the holy month of Ramadan. While the rice is a source of carbohydrate, the stew/sauces provides iron, magnesium and also protein, due to the meat/chicken in it. You'll need to remember that the plan however, is to take in small portions, so as not to develop a pot belly due to late night eating or obesity.

Vegetable or fruit Salads

This is also a good source of iron and loads of minerals. The good thing about it is that they can be eaten in slightly larger quantity than the carbohydrates without the fear of developing a pot belly, as they are easily digested by the body.

Masa

This is a traditional food from the northern part of Nigeria. It is made from (tuwo) rice and is boil with Oil to give it a distinct taste. Its nutritional value is magnesium, carbohydrates and potassium. It is served with Hausa Spiced pepper and grilled meat.

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Fura Da Nunu

This is a Hausa meal made up of millet and cow milk. The milk is locally fermented to have a thick constituent. This replenish your  family after the fast, giving the much-needed energy and calcium, magnesium and carbohydrate from the millet. If your teenage children are fasting, this is a very nourishing drink that they will enjoy.

Amala, Eba, Fufu with Egusi or Vegitable Soup

You would be familiar with these, as this is is a staple in most Nigerian homes all year round. During Ramadan though, you might want to serve them in small portions and preferably with vegetable soup. Or if with Egusi (grounded melon), a bit of vegetable should be added into the Egusi. They are high in carbohydrates, iron, fats and protein, depending on what meat or fish you use in the soup.

Fruit Juice

This can be watermelon, pineapple, cucumber, avocado or apple juice. If possible, you should try to source them naturally. The contain natural anti-toxins and help boost your energy level,

Observing the Holy month of Ramadan is part of the practice of a good Muslim, however, being able to eat healthy and in good portions during the Suhur and Iftar is also a responsibility we must take seriously.

Ramadan Kareem!

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