Monday, June 6, 2016

Vegetarian options during Ramadan; Meatless Monday.



The holy month of Ramadan begins today. This entails to the most part fasting and praying that lasts for 30 days. You can read more about Ramadan here. I am not Muslim but I was born and raised in a country that was democratic & secular. There was never any differentiation between Hindus , Muslims, Christians or any other religion for that matter. We grew alongside each other celebrating each other's festivals with the same amount of pomp. We would look forward to Eid and Christmas with the same enthusiasm that we would look forward to celebrating Diwali. Platters laden with food would be shared between friends. That is the India I remember! 




Coming back to Ramadan, fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. The first meal that is served after breaking the fast is called " Iftar". Iftari usually comprises of rich food with ample meat, fried and sugary food. Today, in this day and age, it is important not to lose the focus on health while indulging in rich food. It is important to have a balanced plate which included vegetables and fruits. To help you with this, today, I am sharing with you some of my quick and easy,healthy yet delicious dishes that you can make and feed your family as part of iftar. 

Do check them out. For the detailed recipe, just click on the title itself.


Baked Vegetable Samosas








Mixed vegetable cutlets






Vegetarian Buffalo "Wings"






Batate Ambado /Batata vada/ Aloo bonda( fried potato fritters)






Butternut Squash Fries





Cauliflower Leaves /Stem Pakora ( fritters)






Caribbean Black Bean Corn Mango Salad






Kulith Kosumbari ( Horse-gram salad)






Chano Ani kanang ghalnu upkari ( Chick-pea and sweet potato stir-fry)






Dill Dal Fry






Gulla/ Vaingana Sagle ( Stuffed baby eggplant)






Kadai vegetable ( Mixed vegetable medley sautéed in freshly ground spices).






Black bean chili garlic spinach







Bisibelebath ( Rice,lentils and vegetables cooked together and seasoned with spices in a tamarind sauce)







Chana Dal and Barley Khichidi





Chia Seed Pudding





I am bringing this vegetarian collection to all our friends at Throwback Thursday#42, Fiesta Friday#123  and Saucy Saturdays#49! Angie's co-hosts this week are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Linda @ La Petite Paniere  

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