Ramadan smells like Boeber :)
Updated: May 15, 2018
The significance of #Ramadaan is beyond all the wonderful treats that a lot of us are privileged to, but that smell of #boeber sends me back to the days when we still used to exchange a plates filled with #barakaat(#yummy treats we were about to break our fast with) with our neighbours. Fasting during this holy month is one of the five pillars of Islam. To fast, a #muslim must abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and engaging in sexual activity from #dawn to #sunset. That's only the actual physical act of fasting, the spiritual facet is so much deeper.
Ramadan serves as a tool for Muslims to practice for increasing their #patience and #self-control. This also serves as a humbling reminder of those who are living in hunger and #poverty on a daily basis, and allows for one to truly count their blessings and give thanks from within as well as through with their actions.
Some #dietitians will have a different view, but some of the health benefits which I shared below from soundvision.com are ones I can personally attest to:
" Muslims do not fast because of medical benefits which are of a secondary nature. Fasting has been used by patients for weight management, to rest the digestive tract and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of total fasting as well as of crash diets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in Ramadan fasting, there is no malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake. The calorie intake of Muslims during Ramadan is at or slightly below the nutritional requirement guidelines. The physiological effect of fasting includes lowering of blood sugar, lowering of cholesterol and lowering of the systolic blood pressure. In fact, Ramadan fasting would be an ideal recommendation for the treatment of mild to moderate, stable, non-insulin diabetes, obesity, and essential hypertension. In 1994 the first International Congress on "Health and Ramadan", held in Casablanca, entered 50 extensive studies on the medical ethics of fasting. While improvement in many medical conditions was noted; however, in no way did fasting worsen any patients' health or their baseline medical condition. On the other hand, patients who are suffering from sever diseases, whether type I diabetes or coronary artery disease, kidney stones, etc., are exempt from fasting and should not be allowed to fast.There are psychological effects of fasting as well. There is a peace and tranquility for those who fast during the month of Ramadan. Personal hostility is at a minimum, and the crime rate decreases. Muslims take advice from the Prophet who said, "If one slanders you or aggressors against you, say I am fasting."
The physical and spiritual detox is significant and your body and mind will thank you after the 30 days.
So because my "foody" association with Ramadan is boeber, I've shared the way I make boeber below:
Ingredients: 100 g real butter 75 ml sago 200 ml water to soak the sago 250 ml vermicelli 3 cinnamon sticks 5 cardamoms 50 g sultanas
500ml fresh cream 2 litres milk 15 ml rose water (optional) 150 – 200ml white sugar (depending on your taste buds) 50 g blanched almonds
Start off by soaking the sago in the water for about 30 minutes. Then melt the butter in a saucepan.Once melted, add the vermicelli and toss it so that the butter covers it, cook until it turns golden brown.
Add the cardamom, cinnamon, coconut and the sultanas.
Stir before pouring the milk and cream into the pot.
Bring to the boil before adding the pre-soaked sago and then simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly otherwise it will stick. The sago should become transparent.
You can add the rose water (if you like), sugar and almonds and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes or more. Serve warm and enjoy a #lekker cuppa boeber :)!
Just note that this might not tie into the health benefits I just mentioned :), but everything in moderation isn't too bad ;).