Featured above are foods that are served at Iftar during Ramadan in India.Featured clockwise:Fruit Chaat(Indian Fruit Salad) Dates,Luqmi(curried lamb mince stuffed pastry parcels) Haleem (lentils, wheat and meat cooked in spices) Besan ke pakodey( Chickpea flour vegetable Fritters) Dahi Badey(black gram fritters soaked in tempered yoghurt).In addition to which fresh fruit juices and are also served.
I will delve upon the preparation of some of the dishes like Haleem and Dahi Badey in later posts.Haleem is a dish that has its origins in the Arabic 'Thareed' and 'Harees'.It requires a lot of patience and skill(not everyone can make it to perfection) to prepare this elaborate dish and its prepared specifically for Ramadan.
Luqmi(curried lamb pastry parcels)Just follow the qeema/kheema curry procedure from my archives - february posts.Ensure to make it dry and then use as stuffing in pastry wraps and fold them like a parcel.Then deep fry and remove on to plate lined with kitchen tissue.
Fruit salad:Just cut a variety of fruit of your choice.I've used apples, mandarins,apricots plums,peaches,guava(seedy pulp removed).You can even use grapes, melons, and summer berries.Chop them up, mix with fruit chat masala either commercially available packs or make your own-Add a generous pinch of black pepper, black salt,cumin powder,lime/lemon juice mix well and sprinkle on the assortment of fruit.You could even add a spoon of honey to it
Besan ke pakodey(chickpea flour fritters with vegetables) Mix one cup chickpea flour with a pinch of red chilli powder, salt as required,a pinch of carrom(ajwain) seeds/dried thyme,a teaspoon of hot oil , a pinch of sodium bicarbonate,and a tsp of ginger garlic paste.Add sufficient water a little at a time to make a thick batter(it should not be runny).Now you can use an assortment of vegetables - cauliflower florets boiled (al dente), potato slices, aubergine slices cut lengthwise,bellpepper or any long variety of peppers,green plantain cut lengthwise.Even hard boiled egg slices can be used for a change.Dip them in the batter and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.Serve with tahini sauce/ barbecue sauce/tomato ketchup.