Ramadhan is quite different here in Dubai. The days are longer than that in South Africa and much hotter as well. Due to these factors, majority of the people tend to become nocturnal. Most activities are shifted to the evenings in order to accommodate for the portion of the population that are fasting during this month. For an outsider this may seem bizarre, as it was for me when I first moved to Dubai. However, it has now become a norm for my family and I. previously it was forbidden to sell or eat food in public during the month of Ramadhan, but as the number of expats and tourists began to increase the rules were lightened in order to accommodate for these non-fasting individuals. There are still guidelines though, not for any reason but to respect those that are observing the fast
Suhoor is the part of the morning at which Muslims wake in order to eat before sunrise. At this time, it is advised by many dieticians and nutritionists that healthy, slow energy releasing foods should be eaten. I fully agree, as the days are long and one requires the energy to cope with their regular daily activities, the energy derived from refined sugars and fatty foods are not sufficient.
For this reason, I have created this oats porridge recipe. Which is absolutely stunning. I love oats as they are packed with nutritional benefits and are really versatile. You can read more about the benefits of oats here.
- 4 tbsp. oats
- 2 cups milk
- pinch of zafran
- 1 tbsp. chopped pistachio nuts
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 large date
- 1 tbsp. ghee
- in a sauce pan, warm the ghee. braise the oats with the cardamom pods and cinnamon until it begins to turn golden in color
- add the milk, zafran, dates and the pistachio and bring to a boil.
- bring the mixture to a bubbling boil for 5 mins, then reduce to a slow boil on a medium heat to allow the milk to reduce and the zafran to infuse the oats
- thereafter add the honey just before serving. You can use sugar if you prefer
- serve once the oats are cooked and the mixture turns thick
the reason why i Iove this recipe is because all of the ingredients are GOOD for you. The pistachios are a “one stop shop” for vitamins, minerals and good fats. Dates are a staple during Ramadhan and this is a great way to incorporate it into your meal.
I am not a qualified dietician or nutritionist, therefore I do not have the capability to outline the proper nutritional facts for you, however I can guarantee that this recipe is delicious.
I hope you like it as much as I do. Do pop me an email to let me know what you think!