KimberlyElise.com editor Ajableu shares her favorite vegan recipes from Arabic cuisine and her experience in Morocco during Ramadan.
By: Ajableu Oldham
It wasn’t my decision to go to Morocco during Ramadan.
Had I’d known that all of the shops and restaurants in Rabat, Morocco were going to be closed for nearly a month, I would have probably traveled during a different time.
Ramadan is a holy month in the religion of Islam. Observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is marked by a time of required fasting. Most practicing Muslims are glad to participate since the entire month is a time of concentrated worship and contemplation.
I was staying with a host family during my internship in Morocco. Miriam (the household’s matriarch) and her adult daughter spent the entire day in the kitchen, preparing a gigantic meal for the household.
Additional domestiques (girls who were daughters of poor friends in distant towns) were invited to the large house to help prepare the dinner meal, iftar.
Iftar, or the breaking of the fast, is a meal everyone looks forward to. As soon as the sun sets, family and friends eat large meals and visit one another, passing between houses and neighborhoods.
Later, families went into town together to continue their celebration into the night. Sometimes, work is optional the following day!
Even if you’re not a practicing Muslim, you can enjoy the variety and intense flavors of Arab cuisine for dinner with these Arab vegan dishes on YouTube:
- “Spicy Potatoes” on Dalia’s Kitchen
- “Pumpkin Kibbeh” on Blue Willow Cuisine
- “Stuffed Zucchini” on Famous Cuisines Channel
- “Falafel Recipe” on Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe
Have you observed (or watched others observe) Ramadan? Do you have any tips or stories about how you get through the day, fasting?
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