Friday, June 16, 2017 | 9:06:00 AM
Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to break the day's fast. Ramadan is considered to be the holiest month in the entire year according to Islamic tradition. Literally, it means "breakfast."Iftar is served at sunset during each day of Ramadan, as Muslims break the daily fast. The other meal during Ramadan, which is taken in the morning (pre-dawn), is called suhoor.
People who keep roza eat before sunrise (Suhoor or Sehri) and then refrain from eating or drinking anything throughout the day. In the evening, people break their fasts after sunset with a meal called 'Iftar'. Iftar is a feast which people look forward to after the day's long restrain. Traditionally, one is supposed to eat dates along with juice, milk or water. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad ate three dates when he broke his roza.
Iftar meals bristle with varied delicacies. From rich mutton curries to lovely desserts and cooling sherbets, it is interesting to see how every country cooks up something exclusively wonderful. Muslims in Afghanistan relish traditional soups and onion based meat curries, kebabs and pulao whereas our neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh have jalebis, haleem, sweetened drinks, parathas, rice preparations, meat curries, fruit salads, shami kebabs, piyajoo, beguni and many other mouthwatering dishes that adorn the iftar menu. In India, Haleem and Harees are some of the much-loved meaty dishes.
The Hyderabadi Haleem is very popular across the globe. Muslims in Kerala and Tamil Nadu break their roza with nonbu kanji, a dish prepared with meat, veggies and porridge.